As I mentioned earlier, Week 2 of this 13-week half marathon training cycle didn’t go quite as well as the first week! Between a really busy week at work (somewhat anticipated) and coming down with either a bad cold or a mild flu (unanticipated, obviously), not much running has occurred this week.
I haven’t raced much since moving to the US, but I’m thinking of doing some of the USATF NE Grand Prix races with my running group. Massachusetts has a great and storied running culture, and local races are often put on by area running groups, rather than big commercial companies. I’d love to get out and see what New England has to offer.
Alas, my group doesn’t seem to have enough interested women to field either an open or a masters team, which to some extent defeats the purpose of me racing… anyone else have this problem? I could just go on my own, but it’s not an insignificant time and family commitment.
Monday – More snow-day toddler-wrangling all day. My running group uses the track at a local university, which had a snow day Monday. The track was closed till 6pm, so there was a considerable backlog of the college’s sports teams all trying to get their workouts in. Nevertheless, we persisted… and I eventually managed to do 3 miles then 2 miles at 8:10 pace. Basically a tempo workout. This new coach is tough! (The set, as written, said half-marathon pace.) 6 miles total including abbreviated warmup and cooldown.
Tuesday – off
Wednesday – 5 miles easy
Thursday – off, sick. Wednesday night I had the beginnings of a scratchy throat, and by midday Thursday it was full-blown.
Friday – 2.25 miles on the elliptical. I find when I’m recovering from something, any sort of forward movement helps me feel a bit more human again.
A couple of years ago, I went for my first postpartum ‘jog’ three weeks after giving birth. (Technically the doctors’ recommendation is six weeks, but I think a sensible, experienced athlete knows their own body best, and if you need to wait eight weeks, or sixteen, or hop back to it after three, and experience no adverse effects, that’s fine. I don’t think jumping back in shortly after giving birth is especially something to be celebrated or glorified. You do what you need to do.) My mom was in town to cuddle her grandson and change diapers, it was early June, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, I felt good for the first time in weeks…how could I not? So I ventured out for all of 15 minutes – up the block and back!
Saturday – off, still feeling grotty
Sunday – 4.5 miles easy
Total: 17.75 miles