Monday, January 16, 2017

Princess Half Marathon Training: Week Six

Have you ever had a week where every day feels like a Monday? Yeah, that was this week for me. I couldn't get in a routine. Work nearly crushed my spirits. Let's also add some flooding! It was a hard earned week for sure.

Monday was rest day and I took full advantage. I got my hair cut and I felt like a new person! Sure, I didn't get a lot cut off, but just a little bit made me feel so much better! I also took an hour nap, which was amazing.

Tuesday was strange. The day started with snow, then by lunch time there was a wintry mix and when I left to go home it was raining. I decided the smart thing to do was run on the treadmill. This workout was something.

2 mile warm up
14 x 400m (1:45, 1:48, 1:45, 1:45, 1:45, 1:45, 1:43, 1:43. 1:43, 1:44, 1:41, 1:41, 1:38, 1:40)
200m recovery
1 mile cool down
8.1 miles total

Wednesday was a beautiful day! Like in the 50s beautiful! I had to get out there and run. I did five miles with strides in each mile. I felt like I could run forever. That is truly my perfect temperature. I was shocked at the 8:34 average pace. I did not feel like I was moving that quickly!

Thursday was my next rest day and it was nice to turn off my brain for a little bit. I caught up on some tv, did some laundry and just had some me time. We had a lot of rain too so my head was not feeling the best. A cold front was rolling through.

Friday was just a total fail. I had nine miles on tap with some marathon pace miles thrown in. I got three miles in to my run and noticed that there was water on the trail. I was running down towards the North Shore and didn't realize how much rain we actually had the day before. At the three mile mark I had to turn around. The trail was completely under water. I was really mad I had to cut my miles short. I did still get six miles in with a 8:53 average pace.

Note the water.
Saturday I was still angry about my missed three miles, so I decided to finish them. Plus, my new Sparkle Athletics skirts came in. What an awesome treadmill motivation! I kept everything slower since I had a long run the next day.

Sunday was long run day. I have to be honest, I really wasn't looking forward to this. My bed was quite warm and Dangle was doing her best to keep me laying there. I headed to the park and just started. I tried not to look at my watch for the first five miles, but the thought of running another five mile loop literally made me want to scream. Instead, I did a little out and back action and made it work. I finished the ten miles with a 8:45 average pace.

I am thrilled with how I am progressing, pace wise, but this run did not feel good. At all. My stomach felt pretty terrible and by the end my energy was just wiped out. I shouldn't be shocked since this is my highest weekly mileage in over a year, but it was.

Weekly Total: 32.1 miles
January Total: 68.3 miles

Halfway through the month and I have almost 70 miles! This is just crazy to me. Despite Sunday's run, I have felt really good. I can't believe I have finished six weeks of training!! I'm starting to feel so much better about everything and getting really excited!

Did you have any weird weather last week? How did you adapt?


  1. Congrats on the mileage!!! Good luck on week seven!

  2. Great job this week!! It's so hard when you just don't want to run.. but feels great once you get it done!