Hi Everyone! I just completed week 13 of my marathon training! I can’t believe I’m so far into it! This week was a so/so week in training. That seems to be a pattern with this. I have great weeks where I nail all of my runs, and then I have weeks that aren’t great, but also aren’t bad. This week was one of those. Life just keeps getting in the way, and it makes it tough to always get in a run, or even the amount of miles that I need. But, you just have to roll with it and go on! So, here we go with a recap of my week.
Monday – This was a rest day, and that’s what I did. I took Jake for two long walks, and then I just hung out with him all day. It was the perfect low-key day!
Tuesday – I had 4 miles scheduled for today, and that’s what I ran! I also had a first on this run. I snorted a bug up my nose! I have eaten bugs before, but have never had one go up my nose. So, I had to stop and pick it out, which I’m sure looked lovely! LOL
Wednesday – I had 9 miles scheduled today, but I was struggling because of the pollen count. I literally couldn’t talk without wheezing all day! So, I cut it short at 5 miles since I couldn’t breathe. I planned on getting up early Thursday morning and running then, because the pollen count was supposed to be down.
Thursday – I got up early to run 9 miles. I got 2 in before a random thunderstorm hit. I tried to finish on the treadmill, but it recently has started having a mind of it’s own. It wants me to run intervals constantly. And, it is making my knee hurt to try. I can set the speed on 5, and it will jump up to 7 and then down to 2 and then back up, and then sometimes it will just stop with no warning. I never know what it’s going to do, and the changing speeds is only hurting me. We’re going to have to get it fixed, or get a new one. I had planned on running again later in the day to get in the 9 miles, but I had some family stuff come up. I spent all day and most of the night in a hospital with a family member. Everything’s ok now. But, this is where life hit, and it was all out of my control.
Friday – Today was a rest day. I didn’t want to run today because I had 18 miles to do on Saturday. But, that worked out because we spent all day and all night in two different hospitals with another family member. This one has diabetes, and went into a diabetic coma. She had to be medi-flighted to another hospital in Texas. It was 1:30 am before they had her stable enough to move to a room, so we didn’t get home until close to 4 am. And, I really hate to admit it, because I absolutely am NOT a fan of this food – buuuuut, we ate Taco Bell at 2 am on the way home. Neither of us had eaten since breakfast, and it was the only place open. And if I’m really being honest, it actually tasted good! Probably because I was so hungry.
Saturday – I had 18 miles scheduled today. But, I only ran 15.
However, I am proud of that 15! After going to bed at 4 am and then waking up at 10 am, I was exhausted, not only physically but emotionally drained as well.
I probably could have finished the 18, but it was getting dark and really cold, so I quit. I only have 14 miles scheduled next weekend, so I will do 18 then.
Sunday – Today is a cross training day. I got up early and did an Insanity workout! Holy Cow!! I hate these workouts, but they help so much! I got to thinking about my training this week, and was comparing it to the training I did for my first half marathon. I was in such better shape, and the runs were so easy. Now, even though I am running the long miles, I still don’t feel like I’m in great shape. The runs are still difficult. So, I figured out that the only difference between then and now is Insanity. I have 5 weeks until my race, and I am going to work hard at adding in these workouts as often as I can. I really think doing these helped me to build up endurance and strength for my first half, and it was the best run that I have ever done. So, I’m going to apply that same logic and hopefully it will help this time as well!
This week was not a great week of training, but I also wouldn’t consider it a bad week. I just think there were so many factors that I couldn’t control that got in my way. But, I’m going forward and not worrying about it. I’ll save the freaking out until the week of the marathon! I’m looking ahead next week and already trying to plan my runs around all the craziness we have going on right now. On to week 14! We are doing this!! (Thanks Lindsey at arunnarounddlife.com for that quote!)
How was your week?