Week 2 of marathon training is officially in the books. Last week was challenging due to holidays and traveling, and this week was another tough one due to work and a couple of sick kids. I’m so glad I’ve learned to be flexible with my training plan over the years because sometimes LIFE happens! Over the weekend Kyler developed a bad cold and cough that turned into a nasty ear infection. He was absolutely miserable and it broke my heart. He had a fever and didn’t want to eat. He only wanted to be held. I stayed home from work with him a couple days and my husband stayed home one day too. As he started to feel better, Kevin caught his cold, and my husband and myself are feeling the beginnings of it now too! Sigh… tis the season I guess!
Despite all of this and very little sleep since Kyler was restless and hurting, I’m proud of myself for fitting in as much as I did- even if that meant switching some of the days of my runs. Here is the overview of the week – what I had planned vs. what I actually did.
And here is the detailed rundown!
Monday: Rest Day. I was home from work with Kyler today so I made an appointment with my chiropractor. He addressed some pain that I thought was in my lower back but was actually in my gluteus medius. It felt much better after an adjustment and some heat therapy. Must strengthen the glutes!
Tuesday: Speedwork – 3 x 1600m w/ 800m recovery + WU/CD [6 miles total / 49:51]. Could not bring myself to do my speedwork outside on this day. I’m okay with running in the rain, but the thought of running in the cold 35° rain at 5:00 AM was just really unappealing. So I hit my treadmill instead and was reminded within a minute why I prefer running outside. My mile repeats felt soooo much harder! Plus, Kevin came downstairs halfway through and decided to stand right next to me staring the whole time. LOL! But I’m still so thankful I have the option to use a treadmill if I need to thanks to my dad generously passing his down to me. My splits were 7:04, 7:06, and 7:05. slower than last week, but I definitely felt as though I put in the same amount of effort.
Wednesday: 21 Day Fix – Abs. I wanted to do a full strength workout today, but I got home late from work and then had to take care of a sick and snuggly baby. I only had time to do abs, which is better than nothing I guess. My core was still sore from Sunday’s workout too!
Thursday: Easy Run – 3 miles / 26:58. Kyler and I didn’t sleep much Wednesday night/Thursday morning. This meant I wasn’t able to get my tempo run in like planned first thing in the morning. I ended up staying home from work with Kyler again since he was still miserable and had a fever. By the time my husband got home from work it was late, I was hungry and it was dark. I just didn’t have a 6 mile tempo run in me. I did a 3 mile easy run instead, and decided to do my tempo the following day.
Friday: Tempo Run – 1 easy, 4 @ tempo pace, 1 easy [6 miles total / 48:17]. I was so thankful I waited to do my tempo run until Friday, because I ended up having an amazing run. I really needed it after I struggled through last week’s too! This time the goal was 1 mile easy, 4 miles @ tempo pace (7:30-7:45), 1 mile easy. My average pace for the middle miles was 7:33 and I got a little faster with each one. It felt great to get a workout like that done before 6 AM. I was riding my endorphin high all day – even riding on very little sleep!
Saturday: Rest. I didn’t plan for this to be a rest day but it ended up as one, and I’m okay with that. I was hoping to get a strength workout in, but instead I spent the entire day with my family decorating for Christmas and just enjoying each other. BONUS: Kyler started acting more like himself again. I was so happy to see some smiles again! But then Kevin caught his cold, although he is dealing with it much better. I can’t wait until we are all healthy again.
Sunday: Long Run – 12 miles / 1:48:10. 12 solo miles through the hills of my town. I got a late start and then it took a while to find my rhythm. In the first few miles I had to stop to adjust my shoes (does anyone else hate when one feels tighter than the other?), my sports bra came unhooked (how does that even happen?!), and I realized I forgot to bring my chews so my husband met me to give them to me. He’s the best! I started feeling good by mile 4 and the rest of the run was pretty much smooth sailing. I did realize something while I was running that made me think of many of my friends who currently have injuries (including my running buddy Laura- hence the sad solo run). The paths through my town that I ran on today are all very uneven and slanted. I am more aware of that now after going to the chiropractor a few times for imbalances in one of my hips and legs, and he said that can be a cause. It was a really good reminder to be careful and to try to find even ground to run on whenever possible.
Week 2 Totals:
- Run: 27 miles
- Strength Training/Cross Training: 1 core workout
So clearly I had some successes and some challenges this week. My successes were fitting in my key workouts during another busy week, with the added stress of sick kids, unpredictable weather, and an injured running buddy. However, I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t fit in any strength workouts yet again. I NEED to make this a priority starting in week 3. I know how important it is and I just have to make it happen. Also, next week I enter into new territory. I’ll be doing my longest run in a very, very long time – 14 miles! I have only run 14 miles once since my last marathon in March 2014… eek! Here we go!
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