Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon Training Log – Week 8

I still can’t believe that yesterday marked one year since I started running.  It certainly has been one crazy and busy year full of lots of highs and lows.

This past week was definitely a mix of highs and lows.  After being cleared and encouraged by the neurologist last Monday to resume running, I focused this past week on seeing if I was capable of running my second half marathon.  As I shared last week, I ran on Monday, and then ran again on Wednesday.  I didn’t want to overdo it on the running since under my original training plan for Rock ‘n’ Roll I would have been tapering this past week.  This past week was all about finding balance.

Not only was this past week about finding balance in terms of my fitness activities but it was also about finding balance with work as well.  The neurologist wants me limiting my after school time at school until I’m 100% healed, particularly because he wants me “resting my brain.”  Part of why he encouraged me to start running again, and to run Saturday’s half marathon, is because exercise will help relax my brain and help me to destress.

Some people were skeptical of my final decision to run Saturday’s race, and questioned if I should have run the race at all.  I can assure you that I wouldn’t have run it had it not been for my doctor’s support and encouragement to do so.  I will of course fully recap the race as I have done with all of my past races, but as I’m sure you can imagine this race certainly didn’t go as I had hoped it would when I registered back in November.  I had to walk much more of it than I would have liked to.  But I pushed through, listened to my body and walked when I needed to, and am so proud that I didn’t give up.

Not only did I finish, but I also PRed by 20 minutes!

Not only did I finish, but I also PRed by 20 minutes!

To everybody who gave me words of encouragement on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, by e-mail, text, and in person, I cannot thank you enough.  I certainly would not have crossed the finish line on Saturday without all of your support.  Thank you!

Mon 3/10 – 2.52 mile run around the neighborhood, 0.40 mile cool down walk, abs

Tues 3/11 – 30 minutes of yoga

Wed 3/12 – 3.10 mile treadmill run, 0.36 mile cool down walk, abs, legs, glutes

Thurs 3/13 – Rest day

Fri 3/14 – Rest day

Sat 3/15 – Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon, foam rolling

Sun 3/16 – 30 minutes of yoga, foam rolling

Total Weekly Mileage – 6.38 miles, plus Saturday’s half marathon

Total Half Marathon Training Mileage – 93.31 miles

QOTD: Have you ever run a race that others questioned your decision to run?

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20 Responses to Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon Training Log – Week 8

  1. Kristin says:

    Great job!!! I’m so happy for you!!! 😉

  2. It looks like the snow won’t allow you to run outside again for a few days. But it will be good for yoga, relaxing, and hot chocolate. Again Congratulations of your 2nd Half Marathon!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Yayy! Sooo happy for you and congrats to one year of running (and many more!)

  4. Great job girl! So glad you got to run your race! Can’t wait to read the recap!

  5. Yay! You did it! Glad you stayed safe and can’t wait to read the recaps!

  6. brianna says:

    So glad the race went well for you! I loved using the Galloway method. Do you use it for races or just your long runs?

  7. Lisa says:

    Glad you were able to do your race. I have run when others thought I shouldn’t. We have to know our own body’s limits and work within them when maybe we aren’t 100%. Good job !!!👟😄

  8. cheriarmour says:

    Every single race! I was so nervous at the start, and I was like “why do I do this!” but so glad I did, aside from that gnarly hill at 6, it was a great great race 🙂

  9. megroach says:

    I am new to reading blog but I follow you on twitter. Glad you were able to run! I ran RnR DC two years ago!

  10. You did a fantastic job! Congratulations!! I’m sure it was tough for you to choose to run, but if the doctor was encouraging you to do it, then I think you are good to go.

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