Sometimes weeks just don’t go as we planned. Next week is race week for the Half Marathon in Virginia Beach and I wasn’t planning on doing a taper this week. This race isn’t a goal race for me, it’s not a race that I set out a goal for to hit or specifically trained for. My entire focus right now is just on the Chicago Marathon but there will be races sprinkled in between now and then as a fitness test.
Since this isn’t a goal race, I wasn’t going to back off on training. I was just going to move around speed work so that I had easy mileage only the 8 days leading up to the race. But sometimes life gets in the way. This week between events my husband and I both had, I missed one day of training and my mileage took a hit from it. It was an easy 6-7 mile run that I missed out on and I know it’s not going to kill my fitness. Sometimes though when you have a plan set out, it can really mess with our mind when you miss a workout or don’t hit a workout like you’re intended to. I don’t want any excuses when Chicago comes around but thankfully I still have 7 months and my official training hasn’t even started yet.
But this serves as a good reminder to be gentle with ourselves. I shouldn’t be sitting here beating myself up over missing one run this week or what my mileage looks like this week. In the grand scheme of things that is one run over the course of the rest of my life, it is not going to make or break my training. Of course, I’m not suggesting skipping runs ever single week and expect no negative outcomes but just remember that we are human. Be kind to yourself if your plan doesn’t go exactly right or your sprints weren’t at the speed you wanted them at. We are just one person and we put a lot of weight on our shoulders, just breath.
On to the week of workouts:
Monday: Hubby had a work thing after work on Monday so yoga wasn’t able to happen. I decided to do some arms and abs workouts at home instead.
Tuesday: I managed to get in a nice Tempo run on Tuesday that had me pumped for the Bridge Run. (Notice I didn’t say half marathon, I’m still not sure I can maintain any pace close to my PR for the half coming up.) I did 4 miles of a pretty aggressive Tempo run with a 1 mile warm up and cool down. My tempo miles were at my 10k pace or faster which really gives me hope on some of the shorter distance races right now. Goal for the Bridge Run is a big hopeful 44:30.
I did come home to my headbands that I ordered for the Shamrock Anthem half marathon this weekend. I love them! Hipsy headbands are really fun and super comfortable for when you are running. I struggle with headbands that slip when I’m running and these don’t move an inch.
Wednesday: Rest day. Days after hard workouts, I’m taking rest days for right now. Eventually, I’m going to try to build up to 5-6 days a week of running and these days will be extremely easy runs but for right now, I’m still being cautious as to not get injured and just taking rest days.
Thursday: Thursday night I was supposed to run but instead I had a girls night with some of my favorite ladies. An evening with some wine and friends, laughing, is some of the best medicine for the heart and soul. I can make up my run another time, spending quality time with these women who I don’t get to see nearly as much as I’d like to was much more important to me.
Friday: Also was supposed to run but the husband had a party to go to after work and he strolled in after midnight. Unfortunately I have a broken treadmill right now and that means that I’m limited on when/where I can run. I really need to start paying better attention to the swap shops and find myself a new one soon.
Friday I got a delivery of two of the most beautiful running tanks I’ve ever seen. I got two running tanks from Sarah Marie Design Studio. One of them says “Positive Vibes, negative splits” and the other “Feed me and tell me I’m pretty fast.” I’m obsessed with them as they are two of the most comfortable running tanks I’ve ever worn. I have a few more shirts on her page that are on my wishlist!
Saturday: I got out in the morning on Saturday for a nice easy 6 mile progression run. This wasn’t meant to be a hard progression at all and simply ended around Marathon pace. I didn’t want a hard workout in this close to my race day but I still wanted to get a quality workout in. These miles felt super easy to me and barring any injuries, I am starting to feel like Marathon race pace is coming easier and easier. This is going to sound stupid but I don’t want my marathon pace to feel hard. The hard part is running 26.2 consecutive miles, I can’t do that while gasping for air the entire time like I can a 5k or 10k race. So I’m hoping that by the time October rolls around, I can at least say that race pace is a comfortable effort.
Saturday we took the girls to the aquarium and down town to try a place that we had never been to, the Poke Tea House. I had the most delicious Poke bowl that was filled with sushi rice, tuna, salmon, edamame, pineapple, cucumber, avocado, seaweed salad, and sriracha mayo. Seriously, SO good. It was fresh and delicious, if you haven’t been you should check it out. A favorite of my husbands, bubble tea, is also served there.
After that we met up with some friends that were in town at Two Blokes Brewing in Mount Pleasant. Also a really nice place if you have yet to check it out. The beers are good, the atmosphere is good, and what sells us on the place is that they have a kids corner equipped with chalk boards and tons of toys and a table for the kids to play. Fiona & Vale had a riot playing with the other children and playing corn hole outside while we sat and sipped some yummy beers and chatting with our friends. They have a lot of food trucks that stop by there so be sure to check out their schedule.
Sunday: BLAH. I don’t have much to say about this. It was pretty cold, really windy, and there was rain drizzling on and off. I will run in the rain if it is warm summer rain. I was not about to be miserable for 90 minutes running in that kind of weather. Instead I chose to be miserable on the treadmill for 70 minutes. I was going to put in 10 miles and I just couldn’t muster that kind of energy on the treadmill at the gym. O2 fitness will let you use their facilities free the first time, so I popped over to the one next to my house and cranked out 8 boring ass miles while watching Bravo. It sucked, I hated it. However, I am beyond thrilled about daylight savings time. This means by the time my hubby gets home from work it will still be light enough out for me to run without it getting dark. Woo!
I picked a winner for the Instagram giveaway as well of a beautiful Momentum Jewelry wrap bracelet and you can check that out over here. Thank you to everyone who entered. I loved seeing you post so much about all the women who inspire you.
Now comes race week. I’m not sure what to think about this race. A little honesty about what I’m hoping for will come later this week as well as what I’m looking forward to at the Shamrock Anthem Half Marathon. Hint hint (I’m going to meet one of my favorite Bad ass lady runners!)