BigK2012: Week 2 Recap

In case you missed it: Week 1 Recap

Let’s start this out with: so training this week went…differently.

My first few days were on par with the schedule, and then things just got wacky.  The gym was closed Thursday, which screwed up my workout plans, and then Saturday I volunteered all day and underestimated how exhausting that would be, and Sunday when I supposed to go on a 30 mile bike ride, I volunteered, and decided to run a half marathon last minute…So much for staying on schedule.

I feel like this PhD Comic sums up the plans of every PhD student and how they play out…:


Anyway, here’s how it all went down…

Monday 5/14

Swim 1000m
Cycle 20 mi
Strength + Cardio

Felt great.

Tuesday 5/15

Run 6 miles
Swim 1250m

I was TIRED, but had a fairly good tempo run with 6 miles in 48 minutes flat.  I was looking at this view, so it didn’t feel fast!

ImageWednesday 5/16

Cycle 25mi
Strength + Cardio

My legs were BURNING after this day — cycling and then following that with hill sprints and lunges == sore butt for the rest of the week.

Thursday 5/17

Spontaneous day off because there was an empty grenade on campus that closed down the gym — actually pretty scary, but at the time I didn’t know what the ‘suspicious package’ was, and I was kind of just pissed…

Friday 5/18

Run 4 miles (Track workout!)

Swim 1000m

I was still sore from Wednesday — like seriously sore.

Saturday 5/19

Volunteered all day — was too tired to work out!

Sunday 5/20

Volunteered all day

Ran Capitola Half Marathon! (And missed my PR by 22 seconds…)


All in all though my training wasn’t on par with what I had planned, I still got in a fair amount of work in, and I still feel like I am keeping my endurance up.  Unfortunately my ‘off-schedule’ training has continued this week…as I took Monday and Tuesday as extra recovery days post volunteer-hectic weekend + post-race break.  I also know that I need to start enforcing more of my cross training workouts rather than run workouts because I know I’m a strong runner, and I know I need to work on my cycling and swimming — But sometimes running just sound SO MUCH BETTER than the other two…

Here’s what is supposed to be on tap for this week…


Like I said…Monday and Tuesday already haven’t happened…there’s going to be some SERIOUS rearranging of this week’s workouts starting tomorrow.

What do you do when you get off a training schedule?  How do you get back on track?  Do you just skip workouts and keep going?  Or do you try to make some/all of them up?

4 thoughts on “BigK2012: Week 2 Recap

  1. More often than not, I am constantly having to rearrange my training schedule. And yes, sometimes there are days that I skip it entirety and those are the days I listen to my body. Sometimes those off days are just as important as those on days.

  2. I am usually fairly good about sticking to my training plan that my coach makes for me. If I have to swap a workout it would usually be doing the tempo on the track workout day, etc. It always makes me feel anxious if I don’t follow the plan. My coach is very strict about following his plan. I also happen to be VERY “type a”. 🙂

  3. I am pretty flexible with the basic workouts – I have a standard sort of routine but will vary it to mood and how I’m feeling. I try not to skip my long runs, but every now and then things get in the way and I have to be flexible.

    I enjoyed that cartoon too – I only recently discovered your blog but finished my PhD a few years ago and certainly relate to the timelines!!

  4. Congrats on your solid week of training, even if you just barely missed your PR. I’m sure you could have nailed it if you had tapered well for it, especially since you did a tempo run just a few days before your race. (And a quick tempo run at that! Or at least that’s a really fast pace for me. :))

    I love that comic, but it’s scary how true some of that is. Thank goodness I didn’t follow the “reality” timeline and fail my comps/quals or I’d probably be living in a cardboard box somewhere crying myself to sleep every night, but the “still in grad school” definitely applies.

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