#rnrstl half marathon training 2016: week 7

The Concrete Runner - Rock n Roll St. Louis Training

Well, I FINALLY feel like I’ve gotten past my plateau that I’ve been struggling with for about a year now.  I feel like I’ve been digging and digging for months to get my times back down where they were before getting pregnant with Miles, and I just now feel like I’m actually back to where I was.  I HATE that it took me this long since I bounced back pretty quickly after MacKenna, but I also have to admit that I have been working my BUTT off more than I ever have in the past 6 months to hit those times.  I’ve changed the way I train, I’ve changed the way I eat, and I’ve really tried to change my mindset with my runs.  I’ve been struggling with running more mentally than physically, but I’ll touch more on that on Wednesday.

I had a few VERY redeeming runs this week.  I hit the paces I needed to and actually didn’t feel like I was going to die.  I felt strong and confident and, most of all, determined to hit the paces I needed to be hitting.  It’s amazing how a few good runs can boost your confidence and help you feel completely prepared to race in a month!  Especially since this is usually the point where most people hit the burnout wall.  I’m very thankful to be pushing past that for sure!

Monday:  OFFimg_7471

Tuesday:  Tabata Sprints (2.43 miles @ 8:14/mile)

Wednesday:  5 miles @ 85% 10K pace (AM:  3.49 miles @ 8:06/mile, PM:  2.75 miles @ 8:09/mile)

Thursday:  6 x 1000m w/ 2:30 rest (4.68 miles @ 7:11/mile – not including rest time)

Friday:  AMRAP in 20 minutes:
Run 400m
Push-Ups 15x
Sit-Ups 25x
(1.72 miles @ 6:52/mile)

Saturday:  OFF

Sunday:  3 x 3 miles @ 90% 5K pace w/ 5:00 rest (3.01 miles @ 7:15/mile, 3.01 miles @ 7:08/mile, 3.0 miles @ 7:08/mile)

Total:  24.09 miles

I do have to admit, it helps A LOT that I am leading a bootcamp right now and have other people to keep me accountable.  I know they are looking to me to set that example, so it’s helped me to actually get out of bed and HIT THOSE TIMES that I need to.  Plus, I’m making sure that I’m actually getting my strength training in!