Half Marathon Training Week #11 / #12 ~ Bluenose

It’s race week! But first, Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there. I had an amazing day with my family 🙂

Week #11 didn’t go as well as I wanted to but sometimes that’s just what happens. Late nights in the city, falling asleep with your kids, on the road for work most of the week and juggling family priority is real life for me. I honestly feel lucky to have even ran last week. Having said that, it wasn’t a bad week just not full potential week if you know what I mean.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened

Monday: 60 min cross train | 61 minutes on the bike (23 km). Good ride, did some upper body strength training too.

Tuesday: 8 k | Rest Day. We didn’t get home from the city until 8 pm and I fell asleep putting my youngest to bed. I knew this run wouldn’t happen but was hopeful I’d get it in some time this week.

Wednesday: 10 x 400’s | Nope – not happening. Late night with my kids and just couldn’t get in a workout.

Thursday: 5 k | 4 k run with Carmacks. He makes me run faster – so basically a short tempo run. I was on the road all day so this was a nice way to get moving.


Friday: Rest Day | 15 k long run. This was the ONLY time I could fit in my last long run. I got up stupid early; 5 am and was out running by 5:55 am. This was a nice long run – pretty simple, enjoyable and easy.


Since I ran 4 k the night before, I figured the two runs roughly 12 hours apart would be good enough for my 19 km long run that was supposed to happen on Sunday. When I got home from my 15 k long run, I walked my daughter’s to school and quickly got ready for work. Yeah, I still had to go to work but I had the first hour of my work day off so that helped a lot.

Saturday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed it! I was busy with my girls and their friend – lots of walking and bike riding.

Sunday: 19 k Long run| 5 k run with my daughters. With it being Mother’s Day, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get in my long run. My husband worked the night shift and we had plans as a family. We had a great day with brunch at Brigadoon (camp for chronically ill children) where we did archery, arts/crafts and paddled in the big war canoe. Once we got home, we went out for a 1 k run together and then the girls got on their bikes while I ran 4 k.

Post run/ride selfie (missing hubby who was walking the dog)


Total km of running this week:  24 km running, 23 km cycling, a little paddling too!

Total km this training cycle: 192 km

Week #12 looks like this:

  • Monday: Rest Day! | I had planned to run or bike tonight. We’ll see.
  • Tuesday: 6 k
  • Wednesday: 30 minute tempo
  • Thursday: 5 k
  • Friday: Rest Day
  • Saturday: Rest Day | 2 km kids run with my daughters.
  • Sunday: Bluenose Half Marathon!

Follow me on Instagram for this week’s training and my half marathon this weekend. I’ll likely not blog about this week so…catch me on IG if you want to know how it’s going.

How’s your spring shaping up?

Anyone running Bluenose (or another race) this coming weekend?

What’s your favourite way to enjoy a long weekend (locals – running Bluenose maybe?)

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap today.



19 thoughts on “Half Marathon Training Week #11 / #12 ~ Bluenose

  1. I find long runs hard to do when you have kids, especially now that I have a 3 month old, I feel guilty being away for longer than 45 minutes…
    Good luck on your half marathon next weekend!

    • I felt the same way when my girls were that little. It’s getting easier. I do enjoy my early morning runs and coming home to kids just waking up – and sometimes breakfast ready for me!! 🙂

  2. Not too bad! Even though you didn’t quite stick to what was planned, you still got plenty of miles in. I think you’re doing well balancing everything so keep it up!

  3. Race week for me too. Half on Sat!!

    I have struggled with my training and will probably run this one for fun.

    Good luck with yours.

  4. You still did a great job of getting in a lot of miles – great job! I hope that the race goes well for you this weekend! I also have a half marathon on Sunday that I’m looking forward to running.

  5. Nothing wrong with doing what you can, when you can! You had things going on yet still managed some good workouts.

    We are running Liverpool rock’n’ roll this weekend! My training has not been stellar but I’m ok with it. I’m there to have fun and to run simply because I can. It should be great weather there which simply adds to a great atmosphere!

  6. Your girls are precious!!!

    I’m not running Bluenose (obviously) but I do have a half on Sunday. I had big goals for that race but it looks like i will have to scale them back now. Oh well…

  7. Sometimes planned runs gone awry by children are the best runs!! I ran 9 miles on Saturday and my son ran the last mile with me. It was the best!

  8. Don’t you love it when you nail rest day? It’s my favorite LOL!

    Sometimes, you just have to fit in what you can when you can. That’s life and motherhood and everything else rolled into one. You did an awesome job getting it done.

    Brigadoon sounds amazing. How great that you can support such a wonderful cause on your special day.

  9. Happy Mothers Day! You did the same thing I did this week; getting that long run in super early on Friday morning! A runner’s got to do what a runner’s got to do…

    Good luck this weekend at your half marathon! I think getting in a little less mileage than planned might actually surprise you with a great finish time! Thanks for linking!

  10. Haha. I always nail my rest days! Kids throw such a wrench into things. Last week I had to go through the anxiety program with my youngest at the gym daycare so I could get a decent workout in without being called down to get her. Hang in there. Soon we will be wishing for these days back!

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