Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon Training Log – Week 13

The theme of this past week was finding a balance between unpacking the house, keeping up with my training schedule, and working on the annual curriculum project that I’ve worked on every year since I started teaching.  My view during the day last week, and what it will continue to look like in the coming week, looked something like this each day:

While the stereotype is that teachers don't work over the summer, many teachers in fact do work

While the stereotype is that teachers don’t work over the summer, many teachers in fact do work.  By the end of this coming week I’ll have spent two weeks working on a district wide curriculum project to edit existing resources in a database and add higher level thinking activities to them.

With my daytime hours being tied up with work, my evening hours have become a balancing act between unpacking/getting our house set up and my training.  While I completed my three scheduled runs last week, I didn’t have time for cross training or yoga.  Fortunately, this coming week is my last week of working on the project, and then my attention will only be pulled in two different directions, not three.

The fitness highlight of this past week was my return to the gym on Wednesday.  It felt absolutely incredible to complete a speedy run on the treadmill, and then to focus on weight and circuit training for almost an hour!  To say my body was sore on Thursday is an understatement!

Mon 7/21 – Rest day

Tues 7/22 – Rest day

Wed 7/23 – 3.10 mile treadmill run, 0.39 mile cool down walk, kettlebell squat swings, abs, legs, glutes, arms, back, shoulders

Thurs 7/24 – Rest day

Fri 7/25 – 3.01 mile neighborhood run, 0.20 mile cool down walk

Sat 7/26 – Rest day

Sun 7/27 – 4.18 mile run on the Cub Run Stream Valley Trail, 0.31 mile cool down walk

Total Weekly Mileage – 11.19 miles (13.61 mile less than week 12)

Total Half Marathon Training Mileage – 183.78 miles

While I had hoped to accomplish more this past week, I know that setting goals is just the first step towards achievement.  Having goals and working towards achieving them, even if not meeting them 100%, is better than not having any goals at all.


And for those of you who follow me on Instagram and Twitter, you probably already know what my personal highlight of the week was…..Saturday evening’s Billy Joel concert!  The concert was absolutely incredible!  Gavin DeGraw opened for Billy Joel and we got to experience the entire concert from our upgraded second row seats!  The concert and the VIP experience deserves its own post, and I’m beyond grateful that I had a real camera with me in order to capture the evening. My plan is to dig the camera cord out of a packed box tomorrow after work, so hopefully I’ll be able to share my concert experience with all of you on Tuesday!  Stay tuned!

Saturdays concert was absolutely incredible!

Saturday’s concert was absolutely incredible!

QOTD: When your schedule only allows you to focus on one, which do you prefer: cross training or weight training?  Why?

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19 Responses to Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon Training Log – Week 13

  1. Looks like you found some balance this week! I’ve been loving your Instagram pics, too.

  2. Tiff says:

    Great job with training! I was going to run that one but will be doing a half in Fayetville, NC on Sept 7 instead.

  3. Finding balance is always challenging! Glad you were about to get in your runs in spite of everything going on 🙂

  4. Chaitali says:

    Wow, that’s great that you got second row seats for the concert! It sounds like a great show.

  5. If I can’t run it’s weights or yoga. Ideally there is time for both 🙂

  6. Looks like a great week despite all you have going on! I can’t wait to hear all about the concert!!!

  7. Raechel says:

    If I can’t run, I prefer a high intensity interval class at my local fitness studio. Helps build strength and cardio in a short amount of time. I am a teacher too, so I feel your working-over-the-summer pain. Keep up the good work!

  8. I have to go wtih the cross-training. It’s been well documented that I don’t get some kind of cardio in, I start getting a bit grumpy. 🙂 And I saw those IG pics…WOW!

  9. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    OMG, Gavin McGraw AND Billy Joel??? SO incredibly jealous!!!

  10. Great job! I feel like managing to balance training with life is even harder than the actual running, sometimes! Oh, and I’ll always pick cross-training over weight training…I just hate it so much. Haha.

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