I am now officially in the land of no training plans. This is the worst for me. From the beginning of June until last weekend, I was just trying to build miles up for Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half. I wasn’t really training for it, just really trying to put some miles under my feet again. Now though, I am back in this strange land until mid-August. This is typically where I lose focus since I have no direction, so I am hoping I don’t fall off the wagon. Marathon training does not officially begin until August 14th. I do have one half marathon before that, so maybe that will help keep my miles up at least.
Last week I missed getting any cross training in, but I did get 2 really good weight sessions in. I do wish I could get 3 in each week, but for now as I am building back up, I am going to be happy and satisfied with 2. I don’t want to over promise and under deliver with my training right now. I’ll focus on one session being lower body and the other session being upper body. It might not be a ton, but it’s more than what I had been doing in some time.
Monday: 1.5 miles, 17:53, 11:55/mile (treadmill) + 30m weights
Tuesday: 3 miles, 35:28, 11:49/mile
Wednesday: 4 miles, 47:46, 11:57/mile (treadmill) + 30m weights
Thursday: 3 miles, 35:32, 11:51/mile
Friday: 1 mile, 12:55
Saturday: 6.2 miles, 1:17:20, 12:28/mile
Sunday: 2 miles, 22:48, 11:24/mile
Total Miles: 20.7 miles
Overall, my runs last week were just okay. If you’ve been following, I’ve been doing better about getting in 1-2 morning runs, but last week that just didn’t happen. Each morning the alarm went off, I just rolled over and couldn’t do it. I struggled with sleep in general last week, so I know that paid a part of it. I’m pretty stingy of my sleep. However, summer heat wave came through, so running right after work was just miserable. I didn’t even start my runs on Tuesday and Thursday until almost 8pm. It wasn’t the best, but it was cooler than running right at 5pm. Luckily, they weren’t long runs, so I could get away with that. Since I had planned to do weights on Wednesday, I went ahead and did 4 treadmill miles before the workout. I certainly didn’t want to put the miles in that way, but it was horrible outside and I didn’t want to pass out.
I didn’t do much of a long run this past week though. I only did 6.2 on Saturday. I do need to start doing some back to back long runs on the weekends. In less than 6 weeks, I am doing my a half marathon double weekend. It’ll be awhile since I’ve done mileage like that back to back, so I need to start building for that. I try and typically do half of what I did the day before, so if I do 8 on Saturday, I aim for 4 on Sunday. Maybe over the next few weeks though, I’ll do some 6/6 or 8/8 type workouts to prepare myself a little more.