Week 5 was not one of my better training weeks! Majority of my runs felt ‘off’ and I really just wasn’t feeling it. I am hoping and determined to make this next week much better and to push myself a little bit harder than I have been. I was out of town this past weekend back in Missouri for a baby shower and I am not good at keeping my eating on track while I’m out of town and I’m also terrible at staying on training when I’m gone. I just have such a hard time justifying going to bed at early 0’clock to get up and run for hours when I could be hanging out with my family/friends that I have not seen in months and don’t have the chance to see whenever I want. I’m not super beating myself up about it, but it is unfortunate that it’s 2 weeks in a row that I’ve let myself mess up my training plan. On the bright side, at least I only started week 6 yesterday and still have time to get better.
Marathon Training Week 5:
Sunday – Rest
Monday – 5 miles + CT; 5 treadmill miles at 9:22/avg pace plus a couple of strength workouts from the Nike Training App
Tuesday – Speed Workout; 1 mile warm up, 4×800, 4×400, 1 mile cool down (recovery jogs between intervals); This was…a mess. I created the workout on Garmin, but I messed up the repeats and somehow put 4 recovery jogs between each interval. Ended up with 6 miles, but a couple of the interval times didn’t record.
Wednesday – 6 miles; 5.7 miles at 9:52/avg pace plus alpha abs on NTA
Thursday – 5 miles; 5 miles at 10:08 avg/pace. This particular run was some kind of awful for whatever reason.
Friday – Rest; Did 4 morning miles to run off the White Castle we picked up on the way home from the airport…
Saturday – 8 miles; skipped
As you can see…not even close to a good week. I cut a few runs short and while I did an extra 4 on Friday, I skipped Saturday all together. I am determined not to have a week like that again! I have been trying to plan for how I will make it work when I go on my trip to Chicago in April, and I think I just need to be more disciplined. I have 14 to do while I’m there, but I don’t know if that’s something I should be doing alone through a city I barely know, so I may do it before I leave and just do shorter runs in the hotel gym and/or those might be easier to plan for outside.
This week has already started off better than the last. I did 5 miles while it snowed yesterday morning, then I went to the gym after work and got in an extra 2 miles, plus 30 minutes on the bike with some added in strength training. I’m possibly having to switch around some long Saturday runs in the event I do the Canyonlands half in a couple of weeks (the 21st). I really want to do it, but I don’t know if I really feel ready for it – my long run paces are not giving me confidence in beating last years time.
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And a few randoms from the weekend.
The ONE time, I wanted a small glass of soda on the plan – they give me the entire can. For the first time in my entire life. And you can’t even throw away what you don’t drink because they just throw it in a trash bag.