This past week can be summed up as long and exhausting, but super fun and exciting. Although the beginning of the summer was on the quieter side in terms of social events for Preston and I, our social calendar for the second half of the summer is going to more than make up for it, and this past week was the start of all of the fun. Having a busy calendar makes me very appreciative of the flexibility that 18 week half marathon training plans offer, especially when it comes to the scheduling of my long runs, since I barely had time to fit in a 4 mile long run this past weekend.
The excitement this past week centered around my friend Jen’s bridal weekend. I spent a couple of afternoons after work last week running bridal shower related errands (I co-hosted her shower with two of the other bridesmaids), and then spent Saturday morning and early afternoon decorating and food prepping before the 3pm shower. Since most of Jen’s bridesmaids are from out of town, we decided it would be best to have her bridal shower and bachelorette party in the same weekend, so following the shower we headed downtown for an evening and night of bachelorette festivities. By the time I made it home at 1am, this pregnant lady was beyond exhausted!
But the bridal weekend festivities didn’t stop there. Yesterday we had a bridal brunch downtown. After finally saying goodbye to everybody, I was finally home for the weekend just before 5pm. I was exhausted, my feet hurt from wearing heels for as long as I did on Saturday, and I wanted to do nothing more than sit on the couch with my feet up. I allowed myself to do so for about an hour before I finally dragged myself to the gym to complete my long run. Not only was it a long weekend, but we were also under a heat advisory all weekend long due to temps that hit close to 100 degrees, and a feel like temperature much higher than that. Thankfully, the A/C at the gym was working well, and I didn’t overheat during my 4 mile run yesterday.
I know that this past week was just the start of a our busy social calendar, and that there will be lots of temptation to want to skip my planned runs. I just need to keep reminding myself that getting my runs in, even if at a slightly slower pace or a slightly shorter distance, is better than skipping my runs altogether.
Mon 7/13 – Rest day
Tues 7/14 – 3.10 mile run on the treadmill, 0.37 mile cool down walk, kettlebell squat swings, abs, arms, shoulders
Wed 7/15 – 2.19 mile walk with Riley
Thurs 7/16 – 3.25 mile run, 0.51 mile cool down walk
Fri 7/17 – Rest day
Sat 7/18 – “Rest day” aka Bridal Weekend Day 1
Sun 7/19 – 4.00 mile run on the treadmill, 0.51 mile cool down walk
Total Weekly Mileage – 13.93 miles (6.62 miles less than week 10)
Total RnRVB Mileage – 161.52 miles
QOTD: How do you balance a busy social schedule with your training plan?