Greetings from central Illinois, and Happy 4th of July! We arrived here on Saturday, and little man and I will be spending the week here visiting with my parents. Although Preston came out with us, he’ll be returning to Virginia later today since he needs to be back at work tomorrow.
After a three week break from half marathon training, it feels good to be back “in training” again. Although I enjoyed my short break, I often find it difficult to stay focused on my workouts when I don’t have a specific goal to focus on. Altogether, I’ll be spending 12 weeks preparing for Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly, which is on Sunday, September 18th this year. A full half marathon training cycle for me is usually 18 weeks, so 12 weeks will take a bit of modification to my usual plan, though most of the changes will only have to be made to the distance of my long training runs. However, having just run ZOOMA Annapolis a month ago, I’ve got a good running base going into this training cycle. Yesterday I completed my first long run of this training cycle – a 5 mile run on the trail in my hometown. It was a cool and rainy 60 degrees for my run, which would have been perfect for a speedy long run except that I got a bad side cramp during the second mile which slowed me down quite a bit. I had a few moments where I wanted to turn around and cut my run short, but after an extended walk break I’m glad that I pushed through and finished the run.
This past week was also my first week of summer break. It feels absolutely amazing to be able to spend full days with my little man again. We had quite a busy week, which included several doctors appointments for both of us. We also got to spend an afternoon with some fellow teachers and their babies at a local winery, as well as going shopping a couple of days. I loved spending so much extra time with him, and am looking forward to doing the same for the rest of my summer break.
Since we had such a busy week, I didn’t get in as much cross training or strength training as I’m trying to focus on this month, but nonetheless it was a productive week of half marathon training.
Mon 6/27 – Rest day
Tues 6/28 – 3.10 mile run on the treadmill, 0.43 mile cool down walk, 30 minutes of strength training (upper body, lower body, abs)
Wed 6/29 – 2.25 mile walk
Thurs 6/30 – 3.60 mile run, 0.31 mile cool down walk
Fri 7/1 – Rest day
Sat 7/2 – Rest/travel day
Sun 7/3 – 5.00 mile run, 0.19 mile cool down walk
Total Weekly Mileage – 14.88 miles
Total RnRPhilly Mileage – 14.88 miles
QOTD: What is your training focus this summer?