I know this is a little late but I’m on vacation this week with the hubby for our 10 yr anniversary. I started writing this on Sunday and am just now getting around to finishing and publishing, sorry!
Wow! Has it been 6 weeks of training already?!? Man – I better bust out some longer runs over the next few weeks otherwise this marathon will be brutal. While I love running 8 to 10k, anything over that scares me and I tend to procrastinate doing those longer runs. The funny thing is that I KNOW very well that whether I get those long runs in or not that will make or break my marathon, yet I still procrastinate….
Training this week was pretty good. I was suffering from a random weird fever, sore throat and a lacy rash all over my torso so I wasn’t able to put in a BIG effort into my training sessions, though I did get most of them in. In an effort to get better for my upcoming 10 yr wedding anniversary vacation with my hubby I skipped one run and cut my Saturday long run a bit short.
Monday: Swim workout with my coach. Once again he kicked my butt in the pool and I was so ready for a nap after I was done. by my calculations I swam the equivalent of 1200m and did some upper body strength in the pool.
Tuesday: Went for an easy 5k run around the park at lunch. It was super hot out and I felt like a bag of crapola. I was very happy that I at least managed to get some k’s in given how crappy I felt.
Wednesday: Another swim workout with my coach. Despite still feeling awful I beat my 400m time from Monday. Later that night I looked up swimming tips on YouTube and discovered that my arms are entirely wrong – I still try to “windmill” my arms instead of doing what apparently is known as a high-elbow catch:
I really can’t wait for my next pool workout next week so that I can try the high-elbow catch and find out if it’s better for me or not.
Thursday: Rested in an attempt to get better from whatever was causing me to drag my arse.
Friday: Rested again and packed for our trip.
Saturday: Managed to wake up before the family and snuck in a 12 k run before our trip. I discovered that I run a lot slower when listening to podcasts because I was listening to the Another Mother Runner podcast (it’s been awhile since I last listened while running), then when it was over I listened to music and ran a bit faster. Podcasts may be a good way for me to keep a slower pace for my long runs, which brings me to my question of the week:
What podcasts do you listen to?
Sunday: Ran a slow and easy 5k. I wasn’t really planning on running, but my middle daughter wanted to run with me before I left her and her sisters with grandma for the week. I took her out for a 1 mile loop, running intervals: 3 min running, 1 min walking. When we got back my youngest had her “running clothes” on and wanted to come on a run too. I took her on a 1/2 mile loop running intervals: 2 min running, 1 min walk. I expected the 1/2 mile to be enough for her, but she insisted on doing the loop again. Afterwards I dropped her off and ran a mile by myself.
Running with my mini-me.
All in all it was an ok week – 2 hard swim workouts, 2 easy runs, and a longish run. This week is a vacation week and I hope to be able to explore the towns we’re staying on by running them.