Johnny Miles Half Marathon Training Week 10

It’s hard to believe that I only have two more weeks to go for this training cycle and then it’s race time! It’s been a journey to get to week 10 and I’m sure looking forward to the next few weeks and then a little recovery time before I start training for my 5th half marathon in September.

Last week during many runs, I just felt like I didn’t have it in me to go any distance. I struggled. I questioned myself. I even thought I wasn’t enjoying running anymore *shocker*. Not sure why I was feeling this way and why I was struggling ……

What was Planned vs. What Really Happened:

Monday May 30th: Stretch & Strengthen | Nothing or Active Rest Day. Really, I shouldn’t say nothing, as I spent 4.5 hours Monday evening at a Soccer Coaching Clinic. I’m getting back into coaching after many years off and starting with the U4 team my youngest will play on. We did some running around, short sprints and ball work. It was enough to increase my heart rate and sweat…so I’ll call this an active rest day.

Tuesday: 8k | 6k Treadmill Run. This wasn’t good. I wanted to run outside but when I got home my husband had picked up a shift at work. Good for him and really it was okay because I still had a treadmill I could use. I just struggled with this run. I’m pretty sure at some point during each kilometer I had to take a break. I wasn’t loving it and stopped at 6.12 km.

Wednesday: 45 minute Tempo Run | 8k in 49:50 Run. It was Global Running Day and I lost misplaced my Garmin and just used my every day Timex watch. Though I didn’t know my pace, I knew my overall time and the route I took. It was nice to run outside, thumbs up run.

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Thursday: 5k + Strengthen | 5k + IronStrength. It was a double day workout and I had planned to run at lunch but just wasn’t feeling it. I jumped on the treadmill for a quick 5k and then had a 20 minute break until I started my IronStrength workout. I took a break to help my husband watch my husband put the bike rack on my car.

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I got back to doing the IronStrength workout and it was just as hard as the last time I did it. I’m pretty confident I said a few “F bombs” and lots of grunting to get through each rep. I still love this workout.

Friday: Rest Day | 22km Bike Ride. So, when your boss asks if you want to bike to a meeting, you don’t say no! There was a bicycling (Blue Route) announcement that our department had been involved in (I work in Physical Activity, Sport & Recreation). Instead of driving there, four of us biked over and it took about 45 minutes (11k) one way along the trail. A beautiful trail.

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Saturday: 8k | Rest Day. Taking it easy.

Sunday: 18k Long Run | run . My early morning long run plans were halted fast as I woke up feeling rather ill and went back to bed. I wasn’t sure if I’d even run any distance.

Once I had some food in me (two meals), I decided I’d attempt my long run. Knowing that my husband was home, I took my phone with me just in case I needed to be picked up along my route.

Eight-teen L-O-N-G kilometers by myself. In the afternoon heat (22C). Not feeling 100% What was I thinking? Well, I gotta get a run in, was what I was thinking.

The first 3k was rough but I just kept going along the secondary highway. Sidewalks, gravel/sandy paths and back to sidewalks. After all most getting hit by three cars in cross walks, I was happy to hit the 9k mark for the turn around.

I decided to run down a shady street since the heat was pounding down on me, thank goodness for visors and sunglasses. Instead of getting back on the secondary highway, I took the trail (rails to trails) all the way back home. It was great and shady in spots.

I ran into bikers, runners, walkers and 1 dam truck on the trail. Yup, a truck on a trail as it was cleaning up from a cycling event that morning. It’s all good as I heard it coming from both directions. I had some new adventures along this run that I’ll share with you another day.

The last three kilometers were a struggle but I got it done. 18k done for another week. So many thoughts, lessons learned and questioning my running in general. It all was washed away with happy kids and my husband when I arrived back at the house.

IMG_20160605_172548[1].jpgIf you’ve missed last week or want to catch up on my training, check out all the posts here: training plan, week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5, week 6, week 7, week 8, week 9Currently, I’m in week #11 and it started off not great with a missed workout yesterday and low motivation for tonight’s run.

KM run this week: 37 km

KM during this training cycle: 343 km

Overall: It was an okay week, I got in a good chunk of the mileage, loved the bike ride but am starting questioning my training/running.

In other news – my SI Joint seems to be the happiest it’s been in three months!!! I’m wondering if it’s the bike riding that helped it along?

How was your weekend? 

Anyone race, run or play outside?

What do you do when running becomes a physical struggle for you?

Happy Global Running Day!

Happy Global Running Day!

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If you are new to this blog, you will come to know I love to run. I’m jumping on board the Global Running Day event and sharing why I love to run.

Why do you run? To be honest, there are many reasons. Everything from dealing with stress, me time, to living healthy, role modelling for my daughters, and to challenge myself.

How do you plan to celebrate Global Running Day? I’ll be running probably in the evening. Ideally, I’d love to run outside if my husband is home but I’m completely fine using the treadmill too, even after last night’s failed 8k attempt. I only managed 6 for some reason I just couldn’t do it.

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How many miles have you run so far this year? Do you have a mileage goal for the year?

I’ve run 409 kilometers this year (254 miles). I honestly don’t have a number that I want to reach this year. It’s all about running strong, avoiding injury again.

What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year? 

That’s it! My focus is on Johnny Miles Half but not for a PB. More to get my hamstring stronger, complete the distance without any hamstring issues during or post run. I have 2-3 other runs that I want to do but waiting to get through my current training cycle to see how it goes with my hamstring.

Before I leave for a run I must have: I’m pretty attached to my Garmin and Road ID not because I need to know my pace at all times but I like to know my distances. My Road ID, well…you can never been too safe if something happens on your run.

Do you track your runs? If so what do you use? Sure do! I have a Garmin Forerunner 10, it’s about 3 years old now. I bought it in the summer of 2013 when I was wanting to change the way I was running.

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I also use a log book. Nothing fancy, not branded or marked out with a calendar. Strictly a book with lines in it that I make into a chart. I log all my runs, bike rides and workouts each month.

Who is your favorite running partner? My buddy, Krystol. She’s great and fast too but willing to run at my pace. You know, it’s hard to find a good running partner. The stress of not being able to keep up or when/where to run. She’s so laid back, our kids are friends, we have similar interests besides running and a great motivator and inspiration!

2015 Maritime Race Weekend

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I also love to run with my husband when our schedules permits and our kids. They are so fun to run with and are keen to just go, go, go!

What races have you run so far this year? I’ve completed the Bluenose Marathon 10k a few weeks ago (May 22) in 1:04:22.

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If you have to give someone one piece of advice about running, what would it be?  This is a good question! Surround yourself with other runners (fast ones, slow ones, 5ker’s, long distance runners). You will be amazed at the community around you, the support around you, the sharing, the motivation, the inspiration and the excitement for the sport!

It doesn’t matter what pace you run, how far you go but what matters is taking the steps to keep moving forward. You will be rewarded in ways you never imagined!

Describe your relationship with running in one word: Rewarding.

Your turn:

Are you running on Global Running Day? 

What’s your best piece of advice about running?

Before you leave for a run, you must do….?

Thanks to jonesinforarun.com for hosting the link up.