Unlike the previous week, this past week of training was much more productive. Although I spent most of the week still battling my terrible cold and trying to fight off the last of it, I finally felt well enough to start working out again. Even though I sounded terrible (there were a couple of days where by the end of the school day my voice was pretty much gone), I was much less congested and had a lot more energy all around, which showed through with all of the mileage that I logged last week.
My biggest accomplishment this past week was my 10.51 mile run on Saturday. This was my first double digit run since I ran Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach last Labor Day weekend. Between Preston being out of the house in the morning, and the fact that it was raining, I delayed my run until mid-afternoon, which wound up working to my advantage since the weather cleared up and it was sunny and in the mid-60s during my run. Although at some points it was quite windy while I was running, I still maintained an average pace of 10:31 min/mile. My current half marathon PR was set with a 10:40 pace, so I’m intrigued to see if I’ll be able to come anywhere close to PRing at ZOOMA Annapolis in six weeks.
Although I only took one rest day last week, and fit in lots of time for cross training in the form of walks with little man, I was definitely lacking in the strength training department last week. This coming week, I really want to try and make it a higher priority to find more time for it, since it will not only help make me a stronger runner but will also help me in terms of preventing injury. Finding enough time for all of my work outs, while also making sure that Preston has time to work out, and that we have time together as a family before little man’s early bedtime, is definitely a huge challenge. But I’m not one to shy away from a challenge. Balancing time this week will most certainly be a challenge since between little man and I we have three doctor’s appointments this week, but all I can ask of myself is that I do the best that I can.
Mon 4/18 – 2.63 mile walk
Tues 4/19 – 3.10 mile run, 0.36 mile cool down walk, 15 minutes of strength training (upper body, abs)
Wed 4/20 – 3.27 mile walk
Thurs 4/21 – 3.20 mile run, 0.28 mile cool down walk
Fri 4/22 – Rest day
Sat 4/23 – 10.51 mile run, 0.46 mile cool down walk
Sun 4/24 – 2.43 mile walk
Total Weekly Mileage – 26.24 miles (19.55 miles more than week 11)
Total ZOOMA Mileage – 194.36 miles
QOTD: What will be your biggest challenge this coming week?