It’s been since May 28th that I have put out a weekly training recap. A lot of that has to do with the fact that I have not really been training at all. I haven’t done much in the past 2-3 months except for show up to a start line for a half marathon and run a race. There hasn’t been much lifting, cross training or extra runs besides these races. The other reason is that I’ve really let blogging go to the far away back burner. I’ve tried to get back to it, but have struggled to see the fun in things the past few months so it was tough to write. I am hoping that if I can get back to a semi-normal training schedule, I will feel good enough again to get things up on the blog and share with you.
I’ve always said I would be forthcoming with the good, the bad and the ugly and truthfully, there has just been a lot of ugly happening and has brought me down. I certainly haven’t been in a great place mentally and that has taken a considerable toll on my health and running in general. I run to enjoy it and while yes, I have been crossing a ton of states off and smiling at the end, there is still something missing. I am taking the rest of the year to find that something again and hope to be able to share it again with everyone!
So the goal for the remainder of the year is to run 3 days a week, cross train 2 days a week and lift at least once, but try for twice a week. With the cross training, I’d like to continue to get on the bike for as long as weather permits. I’ve actually really enjoyed getting back on the 2 wheels and riding along the GAP trail or river trails in Pittsburgh. I do have the double half marathon weekend in 8 weeks and right now I wouldn’t survive at all. I’ll be focusing some double runs on the weekends to try and prepare for that as well. Otherwise, the goal is to get the mojo back and get to 2019. I have been thinking of some early year goals, but I need to get in a good place before I can even think about those!
Monday: Rest Day – Back to Real Life after Hawaii & Montana
Tuesday: 3 miles, 35:28, 11:49/mile
Wednesday: 20 mins Elliptical +30 mins weights
Thursday: 3 miles, 36:21, 12:07/mile + PSL Flag Football
Friday: Travel to NM
Saturday: Exploring Albuquerque and Santa Fe
Sunday: Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon, 2:46:55
Total Miles: 19.1 miles
Last week was a decent start to this goal. I got in 3 runs (one was a race), 1 cross training and 1 lifting session. The two week day runs weren’t fabulous but I felt great for getting out there twice. One thing I will work on is to eliminate the walk break on these shorter runs. Hopefully with the weather turning soon (it is turning soon, right?) this will help. My lifting session was a tough one! It was the first time back at weights in at least 3 weeks. With some work things coming up and vacation, I couldn’t get into the gym with my trainer until Wednesday. We’re working on a new plan and hopefully will be starting it soon.
The big event for the week was of course my 70th half marathon in my 46th state on Sunday. I ran the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon and it wasn’t the kindest race to me. The elevation was pretty rough and while I thought this race would be pretty screaming downhill after mile 2, it was not. We maybe had about 2 good miles of downhill and then as one volunteer called it, a “lumpy” course the rest of the way. A lot of flat in full sun, which never makes for a fast race for me. I still got it done and did a lot better even at this race with altitude than my last one! From going to just running a half marathon a week to 3 runs, lifting and crossing training, my body has definitely been sore. It’s a good feeling though and hope it’s one that continues.