Half Marathon Training Week #9 Done!

I’m getting tired of running! There, I said it. My body is T-I-R-E-D and I’m just exhausted. Ahhhhhh, reality of half marathon training. It’s made me think about when I want to do this sort of training again. It’s also made me think a little more about FULL Marathon training….not any time soon is my recent conclusion.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE running. It’s my drug of choice but I’m just physically tired between training 35-45k a week, working full-time, being a mom and wife and house stuff. I’m pooped!

running is my drug

What was planned VS What Happened:

Monday: Stretch & StrengthenNothing – this is starting to be my Monday theme. Not great!

Tuesday: 8k – 8k outside. It was a great run outside in cool weather but when the sun when down I was a little concerned that my arm reflectors wouldn’t quite be enough. Next time I’m wearing a vest.

Wednesday: 45 min tempo runUnplanned Rest Day. I was exhausted and in bed at 9:31pm.

Thursday: 5k + Strength5k _ Strength. I did a combination workout of run 1k then 40 jumping jacks, 30 sit ups, 20 crunches, 10 push ups x5. I though it was going to be a wimpy workout, turns out it wasn’t. 

Friday: Rest or Easy RunEasy 5k Run on the treadmillI really just ran it to shake out my legs as they were sore from all those squats.

Saturday: Rest DayRest Day. At this point in the week I was feeling exhausted. I felt like I had growing pains …. you know when you are a kid and your legs hurt. Yeah, that’s how I felt. I decided to embrace my rest day.

Sunday – 17k18k Long Run 🙂 Oh dear, I was kind of dreading this day but also wanting to see what I could do pace wise. It was hard getting up so early to run (funny, it was hard compared to getting up early with kids)….anyway, it was an awesome run

7 am run sept 21 2014

Total mileage for Week #9: 36km

Total mileage for training: 309km  (since July 21st)

Week #8’s recap here…..just in case you missed it 😉

What am I looking forward to the most week #10:  My long run. Then, just being able to accomplish any of my runs this week as I’m on the road for most of the week.

Are you training? How’s it going? 

How many days a week do you run/workout?

Ever feel like you are having growing pains in your legs?


21 thoughts on “Half Marathon Training Week #9 Done!

  1. Anna, I love your training, it is inspiring. I need to add some extra stuff to my running like your Thursdays workout. I have a half marathon in November and my running is slowed because of a hip injury that is just really killing my running. I am super bummed out. When I am on, I love running at least 5 days a week 🙂 Keep going, love following

    • Thanks! I love running to but I feel like I’ve hit a little wall. The good news is that it’s a little wall and not a big one to overcome. Hope your hip injury get’s better for you and you are able to enjoy your training. I really liked adding that extra workout to my run…I felt a little badass afterwards 😉

  2. Just finished my 10th half marathon this past weekend, and have another one in November. I definitely understand being tired of training..that is exactly why I took this year off from full marathon training. Between work and family I just got burnt out trying to fit in my training. Good luck on your race!

  3. Woot woot. Work it! Love following your training adventure.
    I presently work out 6 days a week. But in those 6 days I do 9ish workouts. I run each morning and then go to yoga or weight training a few times a week. I’m thinking about running twice a day…yikes! Hanging out with too many BQers

  4. I was the same way when I was training for my marathon! It took the fun out of running for me. I did my marathon and was so inspired. All the training was worth it! I did say I would never do another one, but my mind is trying to steer me in a ‘yes’ direction. Lol

    • It’s funny, I never thought I would do another half after my first (8 years ago) and here I am training more then I ever have for my 2nd half. It’s been great but lately just so tiring.

  5. Yup, not only are you a full time mom/wife/awesome/runner, you are right at that point in your training where you are not quite to the downhill, but not still fighting the uphill. Juuuuust at the point where you are like, is it over yet??? It will be, soon, and then you’ll be wanting it back! Well, maybe not the pressure of it all, but at least the structure. Push on!!!

    • You couldn’t have summed it up better! I’m definitely at that point of wondering when it’s going to be over but I’m sure when it’s all done I’ll wonder what to do with my “free time” all of a sudden. ha ha ha. Thanks 🙂

  6. You are doing an amazing job! It definitely is exhausting and is meant to make you feel exhausted. I have been doing a lot of research and it seems that marathon training on a 3 day a week plan can be done. So you never know 🙂

  7. Good job! You’re almost there! I work-out 6 days a week and run 3-4 of those days. It is hard to pack it all in around work and life. Never feels like there is enough time in a day.

  8. Here’s what I do when I get to that exhausted-almost-done-but-not-quite-there point in my training. I like to remind myself of the taper period (yours is probably one or two weeks) and deduct that from the amount of time left before the race. That helps me realize I don’t really have as much training left as I originally thought. Come taper time I know I will totally regret not giving it my all while I still had the chance. Hang on, you’re almost there!

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