Happy Sunday! Thank you so much for all the kind comments on my half marathon and for giving your input on whether I should tackle a full marathon. If you missed my recap, the gist is that my heart and head just weren’t in the race, and I mentally gave up right after mile 8. Naturally I questioned whether I had the mental grit to run a full marathon. All your comments genuinely made me feel better, and your thoughts on the marathon really got me thinking. I’ve decided that I’m just going to run for fun right now and not make any decisions. However, I have some ideas that I’m going to mull over for a while. Stay tuned!
My plan calls for seven days off from running after a half marathon, but I wanted to begin transitioning to Operation Lean and Strong! I’ll be posting more about this, but my new goal is to lose the flab and firm up. I’m so excited to get started! At the same time, I’d planned to re-do my half marathon on my own this weekend, so I wanted to prepare for that. So this past week I rested and did some yoga, light strength training, and lots of walking. With the days staying lighter longer, we’ve been able to take Django on longer walks after work, which we all love. Here’s how the week went down.
Week at a Glance
- Days running: 1
- Miles this week: 6.5
- Miles this month: 6.5
- Miles this year: 468.82
- Strength training sessions: 2
- Yoga sessions: 2
I was really sore after Saturday’s half marathon, so I did about 20 minutes of yoga, focusing on hip openers and stretches. It felt so good!
I was still slightly sore but did a 15-minute strength training session that focused on lower body.
Rest day. I was sore again, this time from Tuesday’s strength training. I thought I was taking it easy, but I guess I wasn’t. I decided not to do any strength again before Saturday’s half-marathon re-do.
On this day I realized that the last time I’d taken so many days off from running was mid-October after my last half marathon. Not running felt weird!
Another rest day. And I really started to miss running. I fantasized about going for a short run but knew I shouldn’t.
I did 20 minutes of yoga. Gah! I wanted to run! I am so, so, so grateful I’m not injury-prone, because if I couldn’t run…I can’t even think about it! I was going a little crazy and considered doing a very short shakeout run. I didn’t, but then I did start wondering how Saturday’s half marathon re-do would go after a week of not running.
I had the day off from work, and it was wonderful. I got out my summer activewear and put my winter stuff away. Hello again, cute skirts and flowy tanks! And I cleaned the house. It felt so good!
I was so excited to get out and run. It was 45 degrees and sunny. There were some really strong winds that made it feel like I was running into a wall at times, but overall it was gorgeous out. I got a later start than I’d planned, but I was feeling great. It felt so good to be back on my trail and about to run 13.1 miles! I decided to start out slowly and then chip away at my pace. I didn’t care about running at a certain pace. I just wanted to end my training cycle on a run that I felt good about. I started at about an 11:45 pace then ran between 11:15 and 11:30 for the next few miles. I felt good and was enjoying the cool morning, sunny skies, and river views. Then, at mile 4, something weird happened–I started to feel tired. I tried to ignore it and told myself just to stay in the mile. But by mile 5 there was no ignoring it. My body actually felt sore and just incredibly tired. I checked my heart rate and was surprised my heart rate was so high. It was in my max zone, and I was still running an 11:15-11:30 pace, which should not feel that hard, especially that early in the run. In the 6th mile, I knew I didn’t have much choice. My mind was ready to run 13.1, but my body was clearly telling me it wasn’t. I knew if I continued, I’d be in agony pretty quickly, and the whole point of this run was to get my mind back in a good place again. So I turned around and headed home, ending the run at 6.5 miles. I didn’t feel bad at all. It just wasn’t happening, and I needed to respect that. Plus, I wanted to feel good about this run, and I did.
So that’s the end of my training cycle. I don’t want to wait another week and try again next weekend. I want to get started on my new goals and start a new routine. While my race was disappointing, I still learned a lot, built my fitness, and earned some new non-race PRs. So I’m moving on!
It was a little chilly in the afternoon but still a nice, sunny, spring day, so we took Django on a long walk to the park and back.
It got really cold with intense winds Saturday night, and we got a dusting of snow. Figures it would snow after I put my winter clothes away! I did 18 minutes of strength training focusing on core but with some arms and back too. In the afternoon we took Django on another long walk through a neighborhood near us and back. It was cold when the wind blew but still a nice day. My husband, dog, and I all love when it’s cool but not freezing and sunny but not hot. So we’re loving this spring weather!
This week I’ll be getting back to running with a few short, easy runs while I start ramping up strength training. Can’t wait!