MRW Half Marathon Training Week #5

And it goes a little something like this……

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What Was Planned VS What Really Happened!

Monday July 20th: Rest Day – Rest Day – Really nailing Monday’s rest day!!!

Tuesday: 5k5k humid morning run. 

Wednesday: 7k7k run outside. I was pretty convinced this run was NOT going to happen but I’m sure glad it did. You can read more about it here but to sum it up: rough day = fast pace Piper.

Thursday: 5k5k Treadmill run at 8:15 pm. Nothing special about this run other than it was another long day, soccer night for Lilly but I managed to get it done. 

Friday: Rest DayRest Day . Nailed this rest day too 😉 We hit the road late afternoon to hang out with our family in Halifax. 

Saturday: 13k – 13k outside. I met up with three other mother runners around 7am. Renee has three children, Natalie currently has two and Tracey has two as well.The plan was to run out 6.5k on a gravel trail (BLT Rails to Trails) and return. 

We stayed together as a group of four until the half-way mark and then I had to slow down A LOT! The first 6k of our run was a little fast for me to maintain so Renee and Natalie kept their 6 minute/km pace and Tracey and I slowed down to 6:20 minute/km.

1 – 6km was fast for me but it was great as I was still able to have a conversation. (6:27; 6:12; 6:04; 6:07; 5:59; 5:52)

7 – 9km was terrible. I walked way more than I wanted to. I answered questions with “Yes/No” and didn’t elaborate because I couldn’t talk, and I questioned it being a hard run vs me being lazy. (6:52; 6:46; 6:26)

10 – 13km Some how I managed to maintain a good solid pace (or what seemed like a good pace) and the short walk breaks were behind me. We even plowed up the last hill to finish off our run.(6:35: 6:58; 6:14; 6:08)

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Tracey, me and Natalie (Renee kept running).

Then I left on a 4 hour drive to visit a good friend of mine – sans kiddies!!!! I forgot what it’s like to drive long distance with no one in my back seat!

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A girls gotta drive in comfort, right? Don’t worry, I didn’t step out of the car like this.

Sunday: Cross Train – NothingThe plan was to hit up the gym on my drive back but that didn’t happen. I was in a hurry to get back to meet my new niece that was born earlier that morning. She’s beyond beautiful and she held my hand for a 1/2 hour – I’m in love again!

Overall: It was a good week but I had a few struggles along the way. Really, no complaints here. I noticed I wear a lot of purple some days (not planned):

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Highlights:

  • Having an awesome run when I wasn’t even expecting to finish 3/4 of the distance.
  • Long run with some awesome mother runners.
  • Meeting my niece.

Week 5 # of km: 30km

Total km of training to date: 132 km

Looking forward to next week: This is going to be an interesting week of my planned runs and workouts happening on random days. I think my long run will happen mid-week instead of the weekend since my husband will be away. The plan is to just get what I can done when it’s possible.

Week #4 update here, in case you missed it. I can’t believe I’m starting week 6 – halfway there!!!

Do you rearrange your running schedule often?

What’s the most important run(s) during your training cycles?

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