Week 3 I ran half #6 on Thursday and while I hoped to get back under 1:40 I knew that wasn’t happening. I have not trained well since March and despite running pain free again I am not fully able to work. Combine this with the stress right now in life and no wonder I haven’t run well! I am focusing on me, family and enjoying the summer right now instead. While I am entering Week 4 of marathon training I have no plans and am okay with that. I will continue to strength train, bike and run a little but am backing down even more until I can fully come back. The
Monday: Morning walk with puppy
Tuesday: Morning strength with trainer, Easy Evening 5 mile Run with group
Wednesday: Walk 5 miles with a friend and kids
Thursday: Half Marathon!
Friday: Morning spin (run to/from gym for 3.5 miles) strength
Saturday: 10 mile easy run with friends/group
Sunday: 5 mile walk with Matt, core and strength
Week 4 is filled with plenty of non-running fun and hopefully the end to much of the stress I have been focusing on.
Monday: Short stress relief run with Morgan and pilates
Tuesday: Matt and I are going to see Counting Crows for his birthday so no coaching that evening. I will get in morning spin and strength. Likely walk to/from gymnastics with O.
Wednesday: Matt is home so we have a zoo day planned.
Thursday: Strength with trainer and easy run to/from gym. That night is a community parade.
Friday: Spin class and berry picking with O.
Saturday: 3.7 mile race with mom’s run group and then kid’s race with O. Busy day including her first fireworks at night!
Sunday: Bike and strength
I have no doubt in my ability to finish a marathon with lack of ideal training but that isn’t my goal currently. I know that by backing away right now for a couple weeks focusing fully on rehab that I can devote a good amount to full training soon.
Sorry, not the happy upbeat training post you all want to see but reality right now. I have a tough time backing down (as if you couldn’t figure that out already!). Heck when I was younger I was a competitive dancer and danced that day before a scheduled foot surgery, danced after plenty of cortisone injections to get me through and kept going. My second marathon I finished with not one but two fractures in my foot. And people wonder why I don’t give up! It is ingrained in me and is truly who I am. It may not be the smartest part of me but it has helped me through some other aspects of life. This strength (but not the stupidity part) is something I hope O grows up with. Is anyone else like this? Is it a distance runner trait?
Don't forget about my Athleta Giveaway that ends Tuesday night!
How was your week in training?