I like keeping a running countdown of how many more long runs I have to get done before a race. After yesterday’s ten miler, I’m down to four more before race day! I’m entertained at how much more “loosely” I’m taking my training plan this time that I did for my last two half marathons. I’ve got enough other stuff going that I can look at a 20 mile week, with hills and a long run, as a good week instead of focusing on the tempo run I didn’t get in. I guess I’ve gained some wisdom after 5 prior half marathon training cycles. The biggest challenge for this half marathon in mid-May is not going to be the number of miles I’ve gotten in during my training cycle, but rather the fact that all of those training miles were in winter weather as opposed to the near-summer weather I’ll run the race in. It’s definitely a dose of reality to temper my expectations!
Monday Strength training, yoga and a walk to rest my brain. It’s running ragged these days!
Tuesday Hills X 8, with warm up and cool down for a total of 3 miles. This is going to be a really hilly course so I’m definitely going to err on the side of hills for my Tuesday workouts for the rest of this training session.
Wednesday Rest (and my legs appreciated it after hill day!)
Thursday 3 miles running in the dark, plus some walking during the day. I was supposed to run a tempo run but didn’t leave work early enough for it. I’m glad I at least got back out for those 3 night time miles!
Friday I woke up early for my tempo run, only to be greeted by my small person who was inexplicably awake at 5:30 am and wanting to have breakfast with me. As I’m going to be leaving town next week, I decided this was a day that “mother” won over “runner” and had a good time chatting with my kiddo. I still ended up with over 8,000 steps this day!
Don’t you love that bed head?
My good deed this week was nominating a helpful librarian at work for an award. She was lovely and came all the way across campus just to help me with a computer problem, so for that and years of expertise that they readily give us, she totally deserves recognition! It only took a few minutes to fill out the nomination form and made me feel so good. I should definitely do that more often to recognize other people!
My NSV this week is avoiding a second breakfast on Friday when I had a work breakfast meet and greet. I’d eaten at home, but was worried about resisting the urge to have something more than coffee. I confess, the universe helped me out by making the mini-bagel I’d picked up have mold spots on the bottom (ew!), but I’m still counting this as a NSV!