Only 1 more month of training before running my 9th? 10th? half marathon! Is it sad that I honestly have no idea how many times I’ve run a half marathon? All I know is that I have run GO! St. Louis more than any other race, no matter what distance. I’m actually looking forward to running another 13.1!
I thought for sure this week was going to end up being one of those weeks where I felt completely set back in my training. Track started this week, and while I felt completely overwhelmed the majority of the week, I got one of the best compliments I’ve ever gotten as a coach on Friday, which totally made me feel like I was actually starting to iron out all the kinks. It’s hard to step in a fill someone else’s shoes who has had the program for the past 2 years. I mean, I’ve done it with volleyball, but that program was not very successful when I stepped in, so the girls were more than happy to buy-in to my training. Track, however, involves a lot more kids and younger kids and boys, who I am not used to working with. But, so far, so good! I’ve had to explain my coaching theories A LOT this week, but I am confident we will have another successful program that builds athletes and prepared them not only for the next level of competing, but their other sports as well.
Anyway, I digress… Setbacks, right? Well, first of all, MacKenna was sick from last Saturday until about Wednesday, which meant I stayed home with her one day last week. Thankfully, practice ended up getting cancelled that day, so I didn’t miss that. And the 4AM workouts were only 3 days last week due to Kenna’s little virus. So, I was able to survive those 3 days. Of course, I ended up getting whatever Kenna had and I’m fighting to prevent it from becoming a full-blown sinus infection (hello nasal irrigation…), so those 4AM workouts those last 3 days of the week were not my favorite and my body was definitely not happy with me.
But, my training week ended with a very successful race, despite not feeling great. I ran the Run to the Helmet 7K for the 2nd time (here is my race recap of the first time I ran the race), and while I didn’t medal or PR, I ended up pulling some pretty decent speed out and finished under my goal time! I’ll recap the entire race later this week…
Monday: 30 minute easy run (3.75 miles @ 8:00/mile)
Tuesday: 40 minute run @ 85% 5K race pace (4.98 miles @ 8:02/mile)
AMRAP in 6 minutes:
Hang Cleans 10x, 35 lbs
Wednesday: 30 minute treadmill run (3.74 miles @ 8:01/mile)
Yoga w/ the bestie
Thursday: 5 x 1000m w/ 200m walk recovery (4.85 miles @ 8:15/mile)
Friday: AMRAP in 20 minutes:
Run 400m (1.25 miles total)
1 mile of stairs w/ the track kids
Saturday: Run for the Helmet 7K – 1.63 miles up, 4.37 miles racing, 1.37 miles down (7.37 miles total)
Total: 26.94 miles
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I’m really happy with where my mileage is right now. I’m hoping that I can maintain 25-30 miles per week for awhile, especially during track season. My goal is to be over 30 miles per week by the end of the year, which I feel is completely feasible since I have 2 more half marathons this year. I love that long runs are feeling easier now more than ever – 90 minute runs seem simple and I’m recovering very quickly. Even with racing and adding mileage on Saturday, I felt incredibly rested on Sunday, with minimal soreness. Looks like I’m FINALLY making my comeback!
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