I’m a little late writing my recap of week 8. The last 10 days or so have been very exciting to say the least. I spent the first two days in Virginia, and then traveled to South Carolina for work on Wednesday. Kevin was already down there with my in-laws who live in Surfside Beach, and my hubby and Kyler came down to join us later in the week. We spent the rest of the long weekend until Monday there, and then came back home to FREEZING cold temperatures followed by news that a blizzard is supposed to hit us soon. Talk about a crazy couple of days! Anyway, here is the overview – what I had planned vs. what I actually did in week 8 of my training. I’m thankful it was a cut-back week because things did not really go as planned!
And here is the detailed rundown!
Monday: Rest Day.
Tuesday: Rest Day. Really took this cut-back/race week seriously! 🙂 No, what really happened was that I had a crazy day and finally sat down for the first time at 9 PM without having done my run yet… so I decided to push it to the next day and get some much needed R&R instead coloring my adult coloring book. If you haven’t tried it yet you need to! Instant stress relief!
Wednesday: Progression Run – 4 miles / 34:54. I had the day off work because I was traveling to the conference later in the day, so I had time to fit in a run and strength training in the morning after all my boys left for work and daycare. Since it was a cutback week and I had a half marathon on Saturday that I wanted to save my speed for, I decided to take it easier and I didn’t really stick to what I had planned. Instead of doing a 6 mile fartlek run I did an easy 4 mile progression run in the freezing cold. Once my face stopped feeling like it was going to freeze off I felt great, like I could go forever! Love runs like that. Then I came back home and did Upper Fix.
Thursday: Easy Run – 5 miles / 47:20. What a change in clothing, weather and scenery! I arrived in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for my work conference on Wednesday evening. My hotel was right on the beach, and I watched the sunrise from my balcony on Thursday morning, wishing I could run. I couldn’t fit it in the morning because the sun didn’t come up until after 7, and I had to be at the conference by 8. It was just too dark for me to feel comfortable running alone at that time. When the conference was over I practically ran to my hotel to change, and was able to get 5 easy miles in (3 on the beach) while the sun set. Ahhh, it made my heart so happy, especially after sitting in sessions all day long!
Saturday: Charleston Half Marathon – 13.1 miles / 1:45:24. I ran half marathon #20 (!), a tough race physically and mentally that definitely made me stronger! Read my full recap here.
Sunday: Recovery Run – 3 miles / 26:21. 3 recovery miles with my hubby in the afternoon while the kids napped at my in-laws house. We never get to run together without the stroller so it was really nice! Also, check out the elevation in Myrtle Beach… Haha! I don’t think I’ve ever seen an elevation chart so flat.
Week 8 Totals:
- Run: 25.2 miles
- Strength Training/Cross Training: 1 strength workout. I intentionally didn’t want to do much else because of my race, but in hindsight some yoga would have done me good.
My big success was by far my race. Even though it didn’t go exactly as I hoped, I learned a lot about myself in the process and I left it all out there on the course. My challenges were not doing my stretching and foam rolling like I should be, due to the busy week I had, travel and life. I know… excuses, excuses. I NEED to get back into doing that regularly this week, so that is one of my goals for this upcoming week.
The thought of the week… because this is a thought that is definitely on my mind right now! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a good snowstorm, but I have 18 miles to run this weekend! Eek! Another goal for this week is to just do the best I can with this impending storm coming. I know that once we have 2+ feet of snow on the ground I’ll be hitting the treadmill which is always harder for me. I may have to make some adjustments to my plan and that’s okay.
I am more than ready to ramp it back up in week 9 of training!
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