Monday, February 11, 2013

Ironman Training Totals and a Sparkly Soul Giveaway!

So training is going strong right now and I can confidently say that I am getting stronger.  When I started Ironman training around three weeks ago, I was slow moving both on the bike and in the water.  This past week I posted some workouts that left me feeling much more confident.

I put in 10 1/2 hours of training last week that broke up to:

  • 3 days of swimming: total of 8400 yards or 4.77 miles
  • 3 days of biking for a total of 3:30.  I don't have a distance as these were all on the trainer and I haven't purchased a speed sensor for my bike yet which will give me my distance.
  • 4 days of running for a total of 26.67 miles.
I am happy with my numbers and a little scared at the same time knowing my numbers are low.  Thursday's run was a little hard on my confidence as it was really tough but I followed it up with my long run on Saturday which was amazing.  Saturday I was forced to run on the treadmill due to all the snow from our blizzard. 

Like I mentioned last summer, I do a lot of my training by heart rate instead of trying to hit an actual pace.  By the end of mile 2, I was supposed to be in heart rate zone 2.  This ended up being right at an 8:00 pace.  I held that pace until mile 4 when I dropped pace by 10 seconds per mile.  I held that pace until mile 6 and dropped another 10 seconds and did the same thing at mile 8. At mile 8, I was running 7:30 pace and felt pretty strong.  I finished my 1:35 minute run with 12.1 miles and feeling really strong.

After Saturday's run, my hip flexor was pretty tight so I was worried about Sunday's longer (not long yet, we are still building) ride.  I hopped on the trainer Sunday morning and hit all my heart rates that were scheduled and was able to get into aero for at least 20 minutes.  Aero position has been a very hard thing for me to get down, so 20 minutes is great for me.  I finished the ride feeling great and hopped on the treadmill for my 15 minute brick run.  Legs were TIRED at first but I was able to pick it up after 5 minutes and finish 1.83 miles in the 15 minutes.  Post-run, my hip flexor from the day before felt fine, which was a huge bonus.  I made it through a tough build week and have one more build week before I get a cut back week.

As I mentioned last week, I am helping the girls at my store raise money for Team in Training.  I have a give away posted for donations and today I have another way of helping out.

Last year, I posted my review for Sparkly Soul headbands.  I love love love these headbands.  I have a very large head and have had a hard time finding a headband that stays in my head and also doesn't give me a headache.  Ever since I got my first Sparkly Soul headband last year, I have been in love.

According to a Sparkly Soul press release:

Sparkly Soul non-slip headbands were created by a marathoner who couldn’t find a headband that would “stay put” and “look stylish” during her own workouts. Now there is a fabulous headband that really (yes, really!) won’t slip….no matter how intense your sports and fitness activity!
Sparkly Soul headbands are stretchy all the way around. They softly and securely fit to your head so you won’t wind-up with a headband headache – even after hours of wear. The sparkly design is continuous for 360 degrees of sparkle so you can now be fit and fashionable at the same time. You no longer have to compromise. It is the comfortable solution for all you athletic fashionistas!
You can find a wide variety of colors of headbands in both the 3/8" and 5/8" widths. I have both sizes and couldn't tell you what my favorite width is as I wear them both all the time.  What I love most about these headbands is that I can wear them running or I can wear them to work.  They don't look like your typical running headband so I am not forced to use them only when working out.

This week, I am doing a Sparkly Soul fundraiser and would love for you participate.  Until Sunday, February 17th, you can use the promo code ROBIN when purchasing your Sparkly Soul headbands.  You will receive 10% off your order and 10% of the proceeds will go toward Team Burrr's Team in Training fundraising.  This is a great time to stock up on your headbands for the spring racing season.

---->>>>  AND, not only can you purchase headbands, but I am also giving away headbands today!  This is a simple giveaway and I will have two winners!  I will give away one headband each to my two winners.  To enter my giveaway simply answer the following question in my comments:
What color would you choose if you win and what race will you be wearing your new headband to?
*No purchase is necessary to enter this giveaway.  You must be 18 years old to enter. The sweepstakes runs February 11, 2013 until February 18, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. I will be using to pick the winners and will announce the winners Tuesday, February 19, 2013. The prize will be provided by Two winners will be selected. I will announce the winner in a blogpost on February 19th and the winners will have one week to contact me before a new winner will be chosen. will ship the item to the winner as soon as it is possible. Incase of a technical glitch and entries are lost, all entrants must resubmit comments for entries.


krissy murphy said...

I would love to wear a PINK headband for my birthday race, the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler! :D

Laura @ Mommyrunfast said...

I'd love a blue one for my next half (3 weeks). Now that I chopped my hair, I'm needing them! Great job on your week- I'm running about the same miles with biking (no swimming) and have had some aches here and there. It doesn't feel like much mileage compared to marathon training, but apparently it's about all my body can do right now!

RunToTheFinish said...

So glad your training is going well!!! I have no doubts you will kill this!!
*Side note the press release text is super hard to read in the gray font on black

Missy Maintains said...

I would love a pink one...I don't run but would wear to all of my workout classes!

Kelly B said...

I'd love a rose pink or white one to wear to my next 5k!

Ashley Wardrip said...

A green one to wear to my half-marathon next month during St. Patrick's day weekend.

Nicole said...

I would want a teal headband, and I would wear it to the Hot Chocolate 5K I"m running March 3rd. Technically that's my first road race ever?!

Ashley C said...

I'd pick the silver thin headband and I'd wear it for yoga :)


robinbn said...

Thanks for letting me know. Going to fix it.

Hit The Road Jane said...

Glad you feel you are getting stronger! You're going to have an incredible race and I'm looking forward to reading more about the journey there!! :)

jobo said...

While I won't be running any races (sadly! just not 'me' right now!), I agree with you that these are fabulous headbands! I wear mine to death and SO want more!! I love your giveaway and what it stands for too, what a great fundraiser!!

Christine Rouleau Ross said...

I am so impressed with your training Robin! You are so committed(and crazy :) )Great Job! If I were to try these headbands, I would wear it to my next scheduled races, the Dumbo. And I would probably go with pink.

DisneyBride said...

Thanks for doing this giveaway. I have a black band - but really have my eye on a SILVER one. So pretty!

Keri said...

I would pick the Ice Pink I think but the Black would match my Pink & Black bowling league team shirt too!! It's so hard to pick just one because they're all so pretty. :) I would wear it for The Glow Run in April 20th , the day before my birthday. Thanks so much for doing this fabulous giveaway!! :)

Jill said...

I would love the ice pink and would plan to wear it to the 2013 Vermont City Marathon!

Portia said...

Sorry - Forgot to say where I'd wear it. Baystate Marathon this fall, and the Mass Ave Mile this summer.

Jessica F said...

I'd get a blue sparkly one and I'd wear it to the big ten 10k in chicago this summer!