Half Marathon Training: Week 6

Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend and that you all dominated your respective Easter egg hunts.

Let’s talk running, shall we?

I’ll be honest with you guys – this was not my favorite running week so far. In fact, it might have been my least favorite running week so far.

Listen closely and you’ll hear a wee violin playing a sorrowful tune. I know, it’s so sad.

Usually I’ll have a less-than-pleasant run or two in a week, and that’s fine. Not every run can be great and I understand that. I’ve been lucky for the past couple of weeks because my long runs have felt good – that was not the case this week.

Here’s the breakdown of what was on the schedule for this week:

-rest
-3 mile run
-5 mile run
-3 mile run
-rest
-9 mile run
-cross train

Monday
What I did: rest

Tuesday
What I did: 4 miles
I went out for a run after work today. It was pretty uneventful. It took a little while for my legs to warm up and I didn’t feel like I had my breathing under control the whole time – it wasn’t a particularly terrible run but I just never hit my stride.

Wednesday
What I did: 9.5 miles
I wanted to get my long run in early this week since I knew that Justin and I would be out of town on Friday and Saturday and that we would be eating ham on Sunday. I got home from work, grabbed some water and headed out the door whistling Eye of the Tiger, ready to crush 9 or 10 miles. Except that I wasn’t whistling, I was whimpering – I was nervous about this run and it showed. I ended up covering 9.5 miles but a lot of those miles were ugly and there were a number of times when I just wanted the run to be over. I know that I was bound to have a bad day on the same day as a long run eventually so I’m trying not to dwell on it too much, but I do get nervous thinking about it happening on the day of the half marathon.

Thursday
What I did: 3 miles (sort of) and some strength training
My legs were sore today but I wanted to get out and stretch them out; I find that if my legs are sore the day after a workout, they’re only going to get more sore the day after that so I wanted to try to head that off. It was a great day so I brought Brody to some nearby hiking trails and we ran around like a couple of animals. Well, B ran around like an animal, I trotted along at a slower pace, stopping frequently to stretch. Then we did some leg workouts when we got home. Well, I did some leg exercises, B lazed around on the couch and chewed his favorite toy.

Friday
What I did: 4 miles
Justin and I were getting ready to head out of town today so I woke up early to get a run in. I was still kind of feeling Wednesday’s run – my shins were giving me a little trouble and my legs just felt heavy. I ran 3.5 miles and then went to get Brody and we ran the last half mile together since he needed to go for a walk anyways. He was a good running partner today and didn’t try to dazzle me with acrobatics like he is known to do.

Saturday was spent walking around an adorable historic town, creeping on beautiful houses and drinking caramel cappuccinos cause we’re cool like that. Sunday was spent Eastering.

Bottom line: I’m done with bad runs. Done and done. This week will be better or my name isn’t Ralph. I mean Chrissy.

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