What a week. And not in a good way. Three different times I bailed on either waking up and running or getting my run in at night. Knowing it was a cutback week wasn’t helping with the motivation. And deliberately trying to ease off my pace and harder runs after a couple great weeks didn’t help much either. Oh, the power of having a goal, or even a mini-goal…but not really having a goal for a week of training…urg.
My Tuesday 5-miler and Wednesday 7-miler both almost became 2-milers. By the time Saturday rolled around, I was tight and just had to struggle through a mere 5. Then Sunday really kicked my butt.
Sometimes I like to stack the odds against me just so I have a challenge and will feel even better after powering through. But perhaps I’m overdoing it a bit… I had been up past midnight watching the Blackhawks win game 2 in OT. Then I skipped my carb load (it hurts my pride to take it for any training runs less than 15). I wasn’t hydrated nearly enough. And when I headed out at 12:15 after Becky wrapped up her 22-miler(!!), I was already hungry. Knowing I had two hours ahead of me, heading out the door hungry wasn’t smart. The humidity was 70+, the heat was 65+, and there were 28 mph winds from approaching storms. Altogether, not the best way to tackle a 13-miler, but definitely a fitting way to finish off an incredibly tough training week. And it was a grind.
With the ferocious winds, I was sore Sunday night in all kinds of places I haven’t been sore at in a while. Like my shoulders, back, and arms. I must have been just throwing my body forward into the headwinds instead of keeping my form. And everything on my legs feels tight and sore all at the same time.
At least it wasn’t a race day. Running hills AND fighting that wind would have been madness.
Week 9 Half Marathon Training Recap
Nine weeks down. Three to go…
Tuesday: 5 miles at 8:30 min/mile pace
Wednesday: 7 miles at 8:30 min/mile pace
Saturday: 5 miles at 7:52 min/mile pace
Sunday: 13 miles at 8:20 min/mile pace
Total: 30 miles