Despite having a sick toddler at the end of the week, I was able to successfully get in all of my workouts last week. While it took a bit of flexibility, I am so glad that I persevered and completed all of my planned runs, cross training, and strength training during my peak mileage week of training.
Monday, February 5th
I started the week off with a very strong run. It was one of those when I felt strong from start to finish. I managed to negative split while running on the treadmill, and ran my 4 miles at a sub 10 minute pace. I’ve been frustrated lately that my pace hasn’t been where it was a year ago, but its runs like the one that I completed on Monday that make me hopeful that with more persistence, dedication, hard work, and patience that I’ll be able to overcome the unwanted weight gain that I experienced in late 2017 due to some health challenges, and eventually get back to being the runner that I want to be.
After my run I completed a one mile cool down walk and finished my afternoon at the gym with 10 minutes on the stair master.
Tuesday, February 6th
Just like on Monday, I headed to the gym immediately from school and spent 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by 35 minutes of full body weight training.
Wednesday, February 7th
Since I had a doctor’s appointment after school, Wednesday was my first planned rest day of the week.
Thursday, February 8th
Even though I had put my gym bag in the car when I left for work in the morning, I decided as I walked to my car after school that the weather was cooperative enough for me to run outside. So instead of going to the gym like I had originally planned I headed home instead to change into warmer running clothes than what I had packed that morning. Thursday’s run was one of those when I thoroughly enjoyed being outside and running, and I didn’t want my run to end, but I had Mommy and wife responsibilities to tend to back at home and couldn’t just run all evening.
Friday, February 9th
Friday evening was a rough one at our house. Little man was very sick, he and I each had to take multiple baths/showers, and we wound up with a lot of dirty laundry. Seeing my baby sick is always so hard!
Saturday, February 10th
After a very rough night that involved getting up several times with little man, our entire family was exhausted by the time Saturday morning rolled around. Even though I had a run on the agenda for the day, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to push through my run without taking a short nap while little man napped. It poured all day long, and I wound up not making it to the gym for my run until after 5 p.m. But I still got my planned 5 mile run in. Better late than never! My husband was even kind enough to support me staying at the gym after my run, and I was able to do 30 minutes of lower body and abdominal weight training.
Sunday, February 11th
I had 13.1 miles on tap for my last double digit run before the half marathon in two weeks, but it was still pouring rain during most of the day on Sunday. Thus, it was back to the gym to complete my long run on the treadmill. Even though I started off at an easy pace, the last third of my run was very mentally and physically challenging. I was incredibly happy when I finished my run, and walked an additional mile afterwards to stretch my legs out.
Total Weekly Mileage – 31.57 miles (13.21 miles more than week 7)
Total Princess Half Marathon Mileage – 175.31 miles
QOTD: Would you rather run a half marathon in the pouring rain or on the treadmill?