Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Training Log – Week 10

Like I shared when I reflected on my August goals, this past week was a struggle.  Not only was it my first full week back at school, which resulted in increased exhaustion, but little man is also sick again.  He’s fighting a bad cough and cold, and has an ear infection.  Needless to say, my mommy duties took priority over working out last week, and although I got my three planned runs in I didn’t have any time for cross training or strength training.  Some days he’s feeling better than others, and thankfully Preston and I were able to get him outside Thursday evening for a run in the BOB stroller.

Little man and I after our run Thursday evening

Little man and I after our run Thursday evening

Oh, and to top everything off the AC in our house is currently broken.  Being constantly hot hasn’t helped whatsoever from a motivation standpoint.  While we had a tech here Friday afternoon to look at our system, he wasn’t able to repair it and we went into the long holiday weekend without AC.  At the time that I wrote this post our thermostat read 82 degrees.  And that’s after sunset with most of the windows in our house open.  Not fun at all.

Despite little man being sick and not having working AC in our house, I was thankfully still able to get out for my planned long run.  Since I got a bit behind with my long run mileage while we were on vacation, I opted to run 12 miles on Saturday instead of the usual 14 miles that I do when I’m two weeks out from a half marathon.  I felt strong throughout my two hour long run, and felt like I could have kept going at the end, which tells me that I’m adequately prepared for RnRPhilly in two weeks.  I surprised myself by completing my run with an average pace of 10:05 minute/mile, which if I can keep that pace up on race day will result in a major half marathon PR.  My fingers are crossed!

The perfect running weather on Saturday helped me to maintain a speedy for me pace.

The perfect running weather on Saturday helped me to maintain a speedy for me pace.

As little man continues to get better, all I can do is the best that I can.  I’m also expecting to be more tired myself this week, as I have the first day of school with my students on Tuesday.  Thursday will be an especially long day, as Back to School Night is that evening.  All I can do is take things one day at a time.  Oh, and hopefully we’ll finally get our AC fixed this week too.

Mon 8/29 – Rest day

Tues 8/30 – Rest day

Wed 8/31 – 3.11 mile run, 0.20 mile cool down walk

Thurs 9/1 – 3.50 mile run with the BOB, 0.23 mile cool down walk

Fri 9/2 – Rest day

Sat 9/3 – 12.00 mile run, 0.28 mile cool down walk

Sun 9/4 – Rest day

Total Weekly Mileage – 19.32 miles (1.70 miles less than week 9)

Total RnRPhilly Mileage – 173.45 miles

QOTD: How far is your furthest long run when you’re training for a half marathon?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.


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36 Responses to Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Training Log – Week 10

  1. When I kiss workouts I try to fit in mini ones (planks, my PT, squats) then focus on my long run. Good luck this week. I’m looking forward to getting back to a routine with my girls, though I will miss being on vacation like last week.

  2. Ugh to no AC. I’m so wimpy when it comes to heat. Maybe living in without AC is like heat training? You can only hope. My longest run for a half is 12 miles. I know a lot of training plans do longer runs, but really, what’s the point? I don’t see the purpose of pushing it and risking injury. I’m sure you are going to do great! I sure hope your little guy feels better soon.

  3. Aw back to school and a sick little guy! Hang in there mama!

  4. So sorry your boy is sick. Hope he’s feeling better! Still, good job getting in your runs. We had a broken A/C earlier this summer, which cost over $600 to fix. After buying a new compressor last year for about $3,500! It’s not cheap to stay cool. Hopefully you’ll get yours fixed this week.

  5. Sorry your AC is out! My husband keeps our house so cool that I wouldn’t mind if ours was out for a while…lol

    That’s a great run you had while pushing a stroller even! Keep it up girl!

  6. Great job girl! Hope your AC gets fixed asap! And that little man feels better! Good luck with the start of school!

  7. I have never ran further than 10 miles in training for a half. There have been a few times when things just didn’t work out ideally (weather, work, illness, etc.) and I only got as far as 9 miles…and all worked out well on race day. I read somewhere (back in 2008, when I did my first 13.1) that anything beyond 10 miles is “fluff”…it’s great for peace of mind, but not necessary. And, we all know, the higher the mileage, the greater the risk for injury. You have trained well, and despite a few setbacks, you have been consistent. Your endurance will carry you through those final miles 😉

  8. Coco says:

    Oh, it’s so hard when your baby is sick, and ear infections can be rough! At least this wasn’t the hottest weekend to not have a/c, but it is getting warmer again. I hope it’s fixed soon!

  9. carmyy says:

    Saw your tweet and am so happy you got AC again! I am so uncomfortable indoors when the AC is off.

  10. Ugh. This has been the year of the broken A/C units. Ours went out at the start of summer, and I feel like almost everyone we know has needed a repair or overhaul.

    I was intending to run 14 on Saturday, but then we got the hurricane, and I’m having kind of an allergy/sore throat thing going on, so…. I am up to 12 for this half. Fourteen is my goal mileage, but I don’t know if it’s going to happen.

    Take care of yourself and feel better!

  11. Michelle Rogers, CPT says:

    Hope your AC is back on soon! Dealing with the heat is SO draining. It just zaps everything out of you…at least it does me!

  12. Chaitali says:

    Sounds like you did amazing on your long run! I hope the AC is back on soon. That sounds miserable in this heat 😦

  13. MB Jackson says:

    great job on the total mileage! I would be beside myself with NO A/C- hope that is fixed ASAP!

  14. jaycer123 says:

    Even when I was training for my half marathon, I never managed to get in a longer run over 8 miles. Kudos!

  15. Karen :0) says:

    Oh goodness girl…so sorry about AC! I hope it gets fixed soon! I’m also sorry he’s sick – hope he feels better soon!

  16. Ahh that sounds like a rough week with a broken AC and sick baby! Hope things improve soon 🙂 My longest half marathon training run for the two I have run is 12 miles.

  17. Sorry the little guy is sick. That’s always so hard when you’re trying to get in workouts, too. Good job getting in those runs even if you couldn’t get in the cross training. I hope you get your AC back soon. That’s rough!

  18. HoHo Runs says:

    If I’m running a lot of halves (which I tend to do during the winter and spring) I don’t worry about the miles on those in between runs. Trust me, you are more than ready for your half marathon. I sort of think it’s best to err on the side of being undertrained than overtrained — that is if you can’t be perfectly trained. LOL. I’m sorry the little one is sick. Thanks for linking, Kathryn!

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