I’m happy to report that last week’s slump was only temporary and by the middle of this past week I was feeling much more more motivated to run and train.
Although I started the week off with a not so stellar run on Tuesday, it fueled my motivation to make a come back and push through the physical and mental wall that had been built up. When I walked into the gym Tuesday evening for my run, my plan had been to complete a 5k run on the treadmill, but 1.5 miles into my run my body just wasn’t agreeing with what I’d set my mind on accomplishing. After feeling like a failure, I was even more motivated to get back into the gym on Wednesday, and reconquered the gym with a 35 minute elliptical workout and upper body weight training. I felt so much better about myself and my physical abilities after reconquering the gym!
The other thing that’s helped my motivation this past week is the arrival of spring like weather! Because of how gorgeous the weekend forecast looked, I rearranged my running schedule in order to take full advantage of the 60 degree weather we had this past weekend. Instead of running on Thursday or Friday I opted to do a 5k run outside Saturday afternoon, and then completed my long run for the week on Sunday. It was absolutely amazing to get outside for two runs, although it was a bit odd to still see snow on the ground with it being 60 degrees outside.
I know that the spring like weather isn’t here to stay (there’s a chance of snow again this week), but it has me a bit eager for spring to finally get here. With only three weeks left until my second half marathon, I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll have decent weather for Rock ‘n’ Roll USA.
During my long run on Sunday, my goal had been to run 10 miles in less than 2 hours. Despite the hilly route I chose to run, I managed to meet my goal with 20 seconds to spare!
Other than Tuesday’s run, the other disappointment this week was that the Reston 10 Miler was full when I went to register. My “watch the weather and register last minute” plan seems to have failed me. While it would have been nice to race my last long training run before Rock ‘n’ Roll USA, I’m swallowing this up as it wasn’t meant to be that I run this race. There are plenty of other possible races I’m looking at, so this won’t hurt my goal to complete 14 races in 2014, but it would have been nice to race next weekend instead of just heading out for a usual long run.
After what turned out to be a successful training week, I’m more motivated than ever to be as prepared as I possibly can for my second half marathon. Its hard to believe its only 19 short days away!
Mon 2/17 – Rest day
Tues 2/18 – 2.00 mile treadmill run, 0.63 mile cool down walk, kettlebell squats, abs, arms
Wed 2/19 – 35 min on the elliptical, chest, backs, arms, shoulders
Thurs 2/20 – Rest day
Fri 2/21 – Rest day
Sat 2/22 – 3.23 mile run on the W&OD Trail, 0.36 mile cool down walk
Sun 2/23 – 10.04 mile run on the W&OD Trail, 0.37 mile cool down walk
Total Weekly Mileage – 19.46 miles (2.96 miles more than week 4)
Total Half Marathon Training Mileage – 76.83 miles
QOTD: Do you ever rearrange your running schedule because of the weather?