Monday, November 27, 2017

Half Marathon Training: Week 6 Recap

From the get-go I knew this training cycle was going to be different. I knew that I would have weeks where life would get in the way of my training. That's exactly how this past week went. I had very good intentions of increasing my mileage and getting in some good speed workouts but I was only able to run three days. Luckily those three days were good running days. I ran a total of 18 miles on those three days and had some awesome progressive runs with negative splits. Sometimes it's about the quality of the run and not the quantity. Here is how my week went:

MONDAY: Rest Day

TUESDAY: Unplanned rest day...hey it happens with a newborn

WEDNESDAY: Four mile treadmill run. Started off at a 6.2 pace and increased every mile by .2 until finishing the last mile at 6.8. In the end my average pace per mile was 9:16.

THURSDAY: Some people run 5k Turkey Trots on Thanksgiving but I opted for a 5 mile run. Originally I wanted to do my long run on Thursday but San Diego got hit with a heat wave. I was a bit unprepared for the heat so instead I settled for a 5 mile run. The run felt great! I ended up averaging a 9:08 pace and had negative splits. Even though the run felt good, there was no way I could have completed the nine miles. By the time my run was done it was already close to 80 degrees!

FRIDAY: Yet another unplanned rest day

SATURDAY: Nine mile long run! Yep...finally got out there and managed to complete my nine mile run. I was dreading this run and was making up any excuse to not do it. Ended up finishing with negative splits yet again and with a 9:08 pace! I was in shock with my time. Guys I am finally starting to feel like my running mojo is coming back!!

SUNDAY: Rest Day (much deserved)

Even though I was able to get in my long run, I still wasn't able to hit all my goals for the week. I had a hard time motivating myself to leave the house for a run when the baby was awake and happy, or to run on the treadmill when the house was a mess. I luckily have a supportive husband that helps me with the baby but mom guilt always sets in. This coming week is going to be even harder since I go back to work on Tuesday. Sadly my maternity leave has ended and it's time to go back to work. Am I ready? Absolutely not! Have I cried over going back? Of course!! I have truly enjoyed every second with my baby and it pains me to leave her. The only bright side is that she will be in good hands, my mom and my husband. So what does that mean for my training? Well it means that training will be a lot harder. I am going to have to balance work, running, and family life. Right now my only goal for this coming week is to run a 10 mile long run. If I have time for other runs in between then go me! If not then there is always next week. Wish me luck going back to work!

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