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

I know that I usually post my weekly training recaps on Mondays, but we didn’t get home from our weekend away until 9:00 p.m. Sunday night.  Since I had a migraine come on during our drive home, I opted to head straight to bed instead of staying up and writing my usual post.  I’m learning to roll with the punches more lately, and hopefully you can understand why this post is a day late.

I am officially no longer in training anymore.  I took my last week of training for Philly very easy in anticipation of Saturday’s half marathon.  In hindsight, I’m very happy with that decision, as I was able to successfully complete Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly Saturday morning.  I plan to recap the race later this week, but if you follow me on social media then you already know that baby and I safely crossed the finish line.

Baby Thayer and I post race Saturday morning

Baby Thayer and I post race Saturday morning

Mon 10/26 – 3.10 mile run, 0.24 mile cool down walk

Tues 10/27 – Rest day

Wed 10/28 – Rest day

Thurs 10/29 – 30 minutes on the elliptical, 0.34 mile cool down walk

Fri 10/30 – Rest day

Sat 10/31 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly Half Marathon

Sun 11/1 – Rest day

Total Weekly Mileage – 19.58 miles (11.41 miles more than week 7)

Total RnRPhilly Mileage – 90.18 miles

To be honest, it feels good no longer be in training.  I’m mentally and physically exhausted, partly from having been in training for a major race since mid-May, but also because I’m 32.5 weeks pregnant and I’m just plain tired.  As I shared last week in my 15 in 2015 update, Philly was my last race for the year.  I’m looking forward to enjoying these last weeks of my pregnancy by just working out for the sake of my health and the baby’s health without the stress of having to prepare for a major race.  I’ll eventually return to racing at some point in 2016, but for now I’m looking forward to my break from racing.

QOTD: Are you always “in training” for a race, or do you take breaks from training for races?

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34 Responses to Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Training Log – Week 8

  1. Jennifer says:

    Glad you and Baby T safely cross the finish line. I enjoyed your pictures of you and Preston meeting your nephew – a preview of what is to come 🙂

  2. mkadens1 says:

    Enjoy these final weeks Kathryn! I’ve got RnRVegas in less than 2 weeks but in my head I’m no longer training. I probably won’t start officially training for anything until the new year.

  3. I’m in a break right now, just running for fun, and it feels great! I’m not even pregnant!

    I truly believe pregnancy is 2 months too long–take it easy on yourself. It’s nature’s way of making sure you rest before the baby comes. Who, by the way, is going to come out running! 🙂

  4. CONGRATS on your last race!! That is so exciting! Now rest up and recovery and get ready for that baby!

  5. CONGRATS! So exciting and inspiring! Hooray for it being almost baby time 😉

  6. Congratulations! I am pretty much never “in training” as I do a weekly long run of 7-9 miles all the time, and for half marathons that’s been okay, since I haven’t been really trying to get faster. Next year for the NYC Marathon I’ll be taking a leaf out of your book and doing a training log 🙂

  7. Congrats! Love that course (except for ~mile 7 — Nuts to you, hill!).

  8. I’m excited to hear your race recap. Congrats on the finish and enjoy being out of training mode.

  9. Lesley says:

    Congrats on wrapping up training. I take frequent breaks because I don’t want to feel burned out. I know people who go race after race after race, and I don’t know how they do it. My body and brain need rest.

  10. way to go! you still look great and i know you are tired, but i hope you feel relatively great as well! 🙂

  11. Wow girl, you look great! Congrats on the upcoming addition to your family. A few years ago, I did something like 17 races in the first 3/4 of the year – it was insane and I felt like I was ALWAYS training. When it got time for my “A” race that I was planning to do that fall, I was just too burnt out and it was the first race I ever dropped out of. I’m trying to be better about structuring more reasonable race schedules now.

  12. Congrats on completing the Philly Half. It’s time for you to have a nice rest and prepare for the arrival of your little boy. What an exciting time for you and Preston. I love to race, but always take a full two weeks off from running after a marathon and make sure to run minimal miles even when training. I want to keep running until I am 80!

  13. I excited for you that you are no longer in training and now you can get some well deserved relaxation during these last few weeks of your pregnancy! I have to hand it to you, you certainly were a trooper!

    I can’t wait till this marathon training is over! I’m sure I will still be signing up for smaller races but it won’t occupy my time as much as the marathon!

  14. Kelli says:

    I train year round, although the training changes focus. It is “off-season” from my primary sport of triathlon right now but I still will race cyclocross for fun and a few small running races for time trials to update training paces. Congrats on finishing the half this Saturday and enjoy some rest!

  15. Congrats on finishing your race!! Glad both you and the baby were able to do so safely-I was a little worried when you didn’t post about it earlier in the day!

    I’m just now starting training after taking about a year off. It was nice to run here and there just for “fun”, but I do well with following a training plan. I need to have the schedule and the goal to make my runs actually happen!

  16. Woohoo! Ugh, I feel like I’m ALWAYS training…and that’s something I plan to change in 2016. It gets to be too much! You look awesome (I feel like I keep saying that, but, it’s true)! Enjoy your break, you’ve DEFINITELY earned it!!

  17. jillconyers says:

    Congrats! There was a time when I felt like I had to be in training mode. Breaks were very short and taken with hesitation. Now. I embrace the breaks and enjoying the balance.

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