Its hard to believe that five weeks from today I’ll be waking up after having completed my fifth half marathon. While some think I’m crazy to be spending a second summer in a row training for a half marathon, this time while also pregnant, I like to think its a good crazy.
After flying back from Seattle on Monday and then spending Monday evening with my in-laws (we flew in and out of Philly in order to have a non-stop flight which was also cheaper than flying out of any of the 3 airports here in DC), we didn’t get home until just after midnight. That eliminated Monday as an option for any training. I was so exhausted on Tuesday from the jet lag and long day of travel that I decided that it was best to take an unplanned rest day. That meant that I was only able to run two days last week, but I think the unplanned rest day was for the best, especially after being on my feet as much as I was while we were in Seattle.
Other than the back to back rest days, it felt great to get back into my regular workout routine this past week. I was able to do some weight training as well as two days of cross training, in addition to my 12 mile run on Saturday. On Friday, I powerwalked five miles on the treadmill in order to complete the Road Shark Virtual 5 Mile Race.
The training highlight of my week was my 12 mile run on Saturday. After completing a couple of chores at home, I was out of the house headed for the trail by 9am. My growing baby belly is starting to slow me down a bit, and I noticed last weekend during my long run in Seattle that my endurance is starting to fade a bit. Up until this week I’d been using 3:15/0:45 intervals for my long runs while training for Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach, but decided on Saturday to cut back to 2:15/0:45 intervals. Cutting down the length of my run intervals by a minute definitely helped me to keep up my stamina, and surprisingly I felt better than I thought I would at the end of my run. My long run pace on Saturday was 11:21 min/mile, which although slower than my long run paces back in the Spring is still faster than my long run paces from last summer. (Last summer I completed the Leesburg 20k at an 11:44 min/mile pace and Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach at an 11:27 min/mile pace.) I did take a bathroom break just after 7 miles, during which I also drank some Powerade and refilled my water bottle, so I know that I’ll have to use the porta potties during RnRVB at least once, which will slow down my race pace, but I’m more than okay with that.
As I shared on Friday in my August goals post, its going to be another couple busy weeks, which makes me thankful that this week is a cutback week for my long run. It couldn’t be coming at a better time!
Mon 7/27 – Travel day
Tues 7/28 – Rest day
Wed 7/29 – 3.15 mile run on the treadmill, 0.37 mile cool down walk, kettlebell squat swings, abs, glutes
Thurs 7/30 – 35 minutes of yoga
Fri 7/31 – 5.35 mile walk on the treadmill (5 mile powerwalk followed by a cool down)
Sat 8/1 – 12.00 mile run, 0.51 mile cool down walk
Sun 8/2 – Rest day
Total Weekly Mileage – 21.38 miles (6.84 miles more than week 12)
Total RnRVB Mileage – 197.44 miles
QOTD: Do you listen to your body and take unplanned rest days, or just power through when you’re extremely tired?