This past week was very uneventful as far as my training was concerned. After my longest run to date (13.1 miles) at the end of last week, I was quite sore and spent much of the first half of the week trying to rest my legs as much as possible. Although I still ran two days after setting my PDR (personal distance record), I was in significant pain during the run and opted to cut my run short.
By the time I was feeling up to running, there just wasn’t enough time to do so. We flew home from Illinois Christmas night, and only spent about 40 hours at home before we left for Maryland and New Jersey for Christmas rounds 2 and 3. We got home much later than originally anticipated last night, which forced me to move my long run for week 17 to the first day of week 18.
The one training highlight from this week was that I ran outside for the first time since mid November! While in Illinois we experienced very frigid weather (the lows a couple of nights were in the negative digits). Upon returning home to Virginia, I found the high 40s to feel absolutely wonderful, and decided to complete Friday’s run outside on the trail. After weeks of running solely on the treadmill, Friday’s run was definitely a welcome change of scenery!
I was initially worried that tapering would be a mental challenge, but finding time to get my runs in seems to be the bigger challenge. Hopefully this week’s training plan will go much more smoothly than last week’s did, as I gear up to run my first half marathon next Saturday!!!
Mon 12/23 – stretching, foam rolling
Tues 12/24 – 2.50 mile treadmill run, abs, arms, chest, back, shoulders, foam rolling
Wed 12/25 – Rest day
Thurs 12/26 – Rest day
Fri 12/27 – 3.63 mile run on the W&OD Trail
Sat 12/28 -Rest day
Sun 12/29 – Rest day
Total Weekly Mileage – 6.13 miles (19.88 miles less than week 16 – I feel much better about my training knowing that I completed a 10k on the first day of week 18)
Total Half Marathon Training Mileage – 270.40 miles
QOTD: How did the holidays affect your training? Were you able to complete all of your planned workouts or did you have to make modifications to your training plan?