Unlike week 1, this past week of my RnRDC training didn’t go exactly as I had hoped that it would. Little man got sick, which caused me to have to adapt and go with the flow. Preston’s best friend was also here visiting for the long weekend, which also meant that I had to further adapt my training plan for the week. Even though I wasn’t able to cross train or lift weights, I did get all three of my planned runs in, and met my weekly strength training goal by doing a couple of at home workouts.
Monday, January 9th
All I had time for was a quick at home strength training workout. I spent 20 minutes working on my abs and my upper body, during which little man decided to provide me with some additional “resistance training” by trying to use me as a jungle gym while I was trying to work out. He’s such a silly boy!
When your strength training workout is made extra challenging by your 1 year old also using you as a jungle gym at the same time 😂#fitmom
— Kathryn (@Dancing2Running) January 9, 2017
Tuesday, January 10th
Tuesday’s run was a hard one. I ran along on one of my usual out and back routes, and during the second half was running into very strong headwinds, which made the second half of my run extremely brutal. Somehow, I still managed to run fairly consistent splits: 9:42/9:34/9:37/9:34. I finished up my run with a short 0.25 cool down walk. I was cold and just wanted to get home.
Wednesday, January 11th
This was a planned rest day. I knew that I’d be at work late, and by the time that I got home all I wanted to do was hang out with my boys.
Thursday, January 12th
We were blessed with unseasonably warm weather on Thursday – the high was 70 degrees! After working late on Wednesday, I left work as soon as I possibly could so that I could get outside and enjoy the weather. With the nice weather as my motivation, I completed my longest weekday run ever. In anticipation of marathon training, I’m trying to push myself now to complete longer weekday runs when I can. Up until this year, most of my weekday runs have been a 5k in length, maybe slightly longer. I’m trying to push myself to make 4 miles my “weekday usual” now, but with Thursday’s glorious weather I was extra motivated to push myself just a tad further. My splits were all positive, not negative, but I was outside running in shorts and short sleeves in January, so I could have cared less about my pace: 9:39/9:44/9:46/9:51/6:02 (last .63). I finished up with an extra long cool down walk – 0.87 miles.
Friday, January 13th
Even though I had planned to go to the gym for cross training and weight training after work, that plan was quickly averted when I received a phone call from little man’s daycare as I was getting ready to leave work: he wasn’t feeling well and was running a fever of 101.9. I had no choice but to pick him up early and take an unplanned rest day.
Saturday, January 14th
I had originally planned to complete my long run for the week on Saturday, but we woke up to a very rainy and very cold day. I instead chose to push my run to Sunday, and did 15 minutes of strength training at home, focusing on abs and my upper body.
Sunday, January 15th
I finished out the week with my 8 mile run. I pushed little man in the BOB stroller for the first five miles, after which Preston and his best friend had arrived back home from their own gym workout, which allowed me to run the last 3 miles by myself. I felt strong throughout the entire run, and felt as though I could have kept running at the end. Looking at my splits, you can see that running with the stroller definitely slowed me down, but hopefully the resistance training will pay off on race day: 10:53/10:18/10:37/11:00/10:21/9:57/10:03/9:31. I was very cold by the time that I finished my run, and only completed a 0.23 mile cool down walk.
Total Weekly Mileage – 17.98 miles (0.39 miles more than week 1)
Total RnRDC Mileage – 35.57 miles
QOTD: What has the weather been like in your area?
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up. I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up. Be sure to check out their posts as well.