This past week of training was full of both highs and lows. On the one hand, it was a stressful week since I tried to cram as much as I could into my last week of maternity leave. Not only did I try to take care of as many chores around the house as I could, but I also tried to savor every moment I could with little man. In addition, I had two very strong weekday runs, and after my weight training session at the gym on Thursday, was feeling quite proud of the progress that I’ve made since giving birth since I’m finally starting to see definition in my arms again.
On Friday we left after lunch to head north to visit with my in-laws for Easter weekend. What should have been a less than three hour drive turned into a five hour drive as a result of lots of traffic and having to stop to feed little man halfway through the drive north. By the time we finally arrived Friday evening, both Preston and I were absolutely exhausted and I had a terrible headache. I had intended to complete my long run Saturday morning, but was still feeling miserable so I decided to put my run off until the afternoon. One thing led to another, and I never got my run in on Saturday. Then I contemplated getting up very early yesterday morning to run, which didn’t happen due to a difficult night with little man, and we got home too late last night. Needless to say, my planned 5-6 mile run never happened this weekend, but at least I had some great days of training earlier on in the week.
Mon 3/21 – 3.10 mile run on the treadmill, 0.45 mile cool down walk
Tues 3/22 – 3.25 mile walk, 25 minutes of strength training (upper body, lower body, abs)
Wed 3/23 – 3.50 mile run, 0.63 mile cool down walk
Thurs 3/24 – 3.47 mile walk, 40 minutes of weight training (upper body, lower body, abs)
Fri 3/25 – Rest/travel day
Sat 3/26 – Unplanned rest day
Sun 3/27 – Rest/travel day
Total Weekly Mileage – 14.40 miles (3.64 miles less than week 7)
Total ZOOMA Mileage – 127.21 miles
On the on hand, I’m frustrated that a headache prevented me from completing my planned run. On the other hand, I know that I still have plenty of time to finish fully training for ZOOMA. Weekends like this past one are one of the reasons why I find utilizing an 18 week training plan to be a smart and practical choice. You just never know when things will come up or how the weeks will play out. Thankfully, by following an 18 week training plan I have some cushion built in and in the long run one missed run won’t negatively impact my training.
After weeks like this past one I’d normally say that I’d use it as extra motivation to push myself that much more this coming week. But with my return to work today from maternity leave, I’ll have to play things by ear even more now. I’m hopeful that I can still get in some good workouts this week, but I also have no way of predicting how this week will play out.
QOTD: How did you mentally cope with your last missed run?