Whew – this week was crazy. It was one of those weeks that my husband and I were both very busy with work and we had something scheduled every single evening. With late nights, lots to do, and a couple of unexpected emergencies, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get all of my scheduled miles in. Fortunately, with a little juggling around and mental determination I was able to make it happen.
Monday is my rest day. My legs were a little sore from my hilly 10k the day before, but it was a good kind of sore if you know what I mean.
Monday night, my son had a band concert. Right before we got there, we got a call from a friend who was in terrible pain and needed to go to the ER. So we picked up their kids and ended up having 3 extra children overnight at the last minute. I was not going to get up early and run and make my husband deal with 5 kids on his own, so I decided that Tuesday’s 60 minute recovery run would have to take place after work. Believe it or not, however, I got a call around 2:30 from our child care provider and she was super sick/in pain and had to go to Urgent Care. I worked at home in the afternoon when the kids got home and planned to run around 6. But then I got a call that she needed to be picked up and have a ride, so I opted to help out instead (of course!). After all of that, I decided it was not in the cards for me to run that day.
Wednesday I was back at it. I was scheduled for 75 minutes, but ended up going just over 95 to get in 11 miles (8:44 pace).
Thursday it was tempo time. I had a 10 minute warm up, then 20 minutes at 7:17 pace; 4 minute recovery; 15 minutes at 7:17 pace; then 11 minute cool down with 4 x 30 second pickups at 6:00 pace. 7.73 miles / 7:45 average pace.
Friday I had another 75 minutes on tap. I had to work at home since the kids had started spring break and I had no child care. The good news is that I got to sneak out (OUTSIDE!) for 80 minutes to get a run in. 9.1 miles / 8:45 pace.
Sunday I opted to do my long run because the weather forecast was much milder than the forecast for Sunday. 2 hours / 13.5 miles / 8:55 pace.
Not sure why, but I woke up really sore on Sunday. My feet (heels) were sore and my inner thighs were screaming. No idea why. It was also cold, windy and snowy out, making it hard to get out there and get it done. I was scheduled for 45 minutes, but I was still short by almost 35 minutes from my skipped run on Tuesday. So I sucked it up and got out there. Man, the sleety snow hurt my face when I was running into the wind and my face was super red when I got home. But I never cut it short or gave in, even though I considered both about 150 times. 80 minutes / 9.05 miles / 8:51 pace.
Total: 50.4 miles.
Only 4 weeks until my half marathon! This was the big motivator for me not giving up today BTW. Now I MUST drop the 5-7 pounds I have been hanging onto this training season. I know it will make a huge difference in my race performance, so I am going to be very good the next 4 weeks. Please remind me of this if you see me eating out or drinking wine. 🙂