Half Marathon Training Week #5 Wrap Up

Since I officially registered for my half marathon last week I figure my weekly wrap up will slide right into my training recaps.

Last week I finally hit the registration button for the Johnny Miles Half Marathon on June 18th. If you are new to the blog, I ran this last year but it went horrible wrong when my dog died at home two days prior to the race. My training was on point for a decent race but once I lined up and started running I wanted to quit by 5k. Long story short, I almost had a personal worst and to be even more honest – I don’t know my exact time but it was over 2 h 30 minutes.

Having said that, I’m not setting large expectations on this half marathon. The event itself is great but my goals for the race are to run it better then last year and enjoy it. It’s a double loop and relatively flat course with some long inclines along the road, crusher dust trail and great community involvement (sprinklers and extra hydration stations).

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Race: Johnny Miles Event Weekend – Half Marathon (Full, Half, 10k, 5k/kids event)

Where: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Who is Johnny Miles? Well, he’s a Nova Scotian runner that won Boston Marathon in 1926 and 1929. Yes, ages ago but his story is pretty awesome.

Number of runners: Roughly 3,000 (I think – don’t quote me).

My Johnny Miles Half Marathon 2016 recap can be found here

Training Week #5

What was Planned vs What Really Happened

Monday: Cross Train | Cycling 20k. I challenged myself to see if I could get in 45-50 minutes and then decided I wanted to make it to 20k, so I kept going. My legs were like jello after that workout!

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Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga.  I went to my lunch time yoga class and it was everything I needed. My back is responded really well to yoga so I’m trying really hard to get to this class as well as 5-10 minutes of stretching/yoga each day.

Wednesday: Run | 7k Treadmill run. I glance briefly at my half made up half old training plan and realized that my mid week runs needed to increase in distance so I went for 7k and it was pretty good.

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Thusday:  5k Run | Rest Day. I wimped out and took a rest day.

Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. I kinda wanted to work out but I took the girls to the city for the night so I could have a little break. You see my husband worked M/T/W/F/S/S this week which was 1 day extra and I’ll be completely honest here – I knew that I’d need a little break from my girls to survive the weekend with them. It may sound horrible or selfish or terrible but I’ve come to know my limits and I’ve come to know when I need a little help from my friends and family.

Saturday: 12k Long Run | 12k Treadmill run!!!! I’ll break it down for ya. Saturday morning was going to be spent running errands (without kids) and then the afternoon was going to be my long run. It’s not quiet how it went down but I did get my run in.

I desperately needed new work clothing so I literally spent 3 hours shopping and it was horrible and great. My first purchase was for my daughters – go figure, right! I manged to find some great outfits (shirts, blazer, pants) and even ate out for lunch – by myself! I dropped by to visit my Aunt and Uncle and spent a little more time there then I expected but it didn’t really bother me. My run would happen later in the evening or I’d move it to Sunday.

I eventually made it back to my parents house, had dinner and packed up the girls to head home – it’s an hour’s drive. They brushed their teeth and had their pj’s on as it was straight to bed when we got home. It took about 45 minutes for them to settle down and fall asleep so I jumped on my treadmill at 7:50 PM – YUP!!!

I figured I was either crazy or stupid for attempting to run after such a long day but I didn’t want a third day to be a rest day. So, I plugged away at the 12k. I watched Chicago Med, polished off a bottle of lemon lime Nuun, 2 fruit-to-go bars and a larger bottle of water. After C.Med ended, I started watching Grey’s Anatomy.

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I ran at a slow but steady pace. It was comfortable at times and then I’d speed it up. I took a few walk breaks, food/water breaks and then at 11.6k in I heard Hilary crying upstairs. I paused my treadmill and ran up the stairs. HAVE YOU EVER RUN UP STAIRS AFTER 11 KILOMETRES???? Wobbly legs 100%.

She was crying on the toilet for who know’s what reason. So I cleaned her up, washed her face and hands and got her back in bed. “Love you Mama” she said as I left her room, “love you too sweetheart”, I replied back. Oh…some Mama moments are the best.

I ran back down the stairs with slightly less wobbly legs and finished off the last .40 of the last kilometre. And just like that it was done! I stretched, showered, put on a clean pair of Tiux compression socks – actually the red endurance socks and laid on my bed with heat on my back.

I eventually fell asleep but woke up when my husband got home after he finished his shift (he’s a Paramedic). Not 5 minutes later Hilary was up and in our bed upset about something else! She slept between us for a while….well, let’s be honest, it was more like she had her own personal boxing match between the two of us. Hand jab to my back here, foot kick to my leg here, who know’s what she did to my husband. We put her back in her bed and both finally got to sleep.

Sometimes I wonder how we parents function on NO sleep!

Total mileage for this week: 19 km running, 20 km cycling, 1 yoga class.

Last year’s training at this stage in the training plan can be found here. Not a bad week of training. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to see my mileage a little higher at this point but with one missed 5k and some good cross training this week, I’m find with how it my training this week went.

How was your week?

Have you ever gone back to a race for redemption? 

Does your Province or State have an event similar (after a Boston Marathon winner) event?

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Run|Cycle|Earth Day Weekly Wrap Up

Happy Monday folks!

Last week we had a COLD week in Nova Scotia and even saw snow twice! The first morning that I woke up to snow I actually wanted to cry. Don’t get me wrong, I love snow in the winter but not mid to late April. Luckily the snow (1-2 cm) melted by the end of the day. The second time it snowed I had my long run scheduled – awesome!

What was Planned VS What Really Happened

Monday: Rest Day | Cycling. 40 minutes on the indoor trainer. I’m starting to push myself a little more on the bike by increasing/decreasing the speed/gears to make it more challenging. It was hard and my legs were tired afterwards.

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Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga at lunch. I still love going to this class. I always feel great afterwards and my back feels so much better after an hour of yoga.

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Wednesday: Run | 5k Treadmill run. Struggle bus!!! There was nothing pretty about this run. I kinda hated it but loved it at the same times as I know getting back into regular running is going to be hard work. I also has Physio for my back.

“Sometimes it’s not what’s in front of you but within you that can get your through challenging runs”.

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Thursday: Cycle | Rest Day. I wanted to cycle but was just too tired so I took a rest day.

Friday: Rest | Rest Day. This was a scheduled rest day but to be honest I wanted to do something. However, I took a rest day and hung out with my husband that evening (most of my workouts are at night)

Saturday: Long Run | 10k Long Run + Earth Day. This was a test to see if I could handle the longer distances, even after finishing an 8k last weekend I wanted to get this under my belt before trying to move forward. Though the run was good, bad and ugly – I got it done!

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I wanted to get up early and get my run in but it was more like 8:30 when I started. It was snowing. I had to wear gloves and a toque and the wind was whipping.

I knew I’d be just over an hour and wanted to stay on some flat terrain instead of hills. The first few km’s were great but then it got a little hard. After it got hard, it got bad so I had to walk a little more. The it got ugly on km number 9, so I walked. There is nothing wrong with walking. I managed to run my last km and felt strong at the end, so I’m taking that as a win!

Earth Day

My oldest daughter wanted to do something for Earth Day so we decided late afternoon to go clean up garbage. We started in our front lawn but could only find a few things so we went down to our local trail. It’s used by walkers, runners, cyclists and some motorized vehicles. There was garbage everywhere!!!

We cleaned up an area of almost 1 full km and called it a day (mainly because our bag was full)

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Sunday: Cross Training | Rest Day. The morning was spent at swimming lessons for the girls and they both did awesome! Hilary hates the water but she finally did 100% of her lesson. The afternoon was spent doing laundry, cleaning the house and being referee to the girls. Saï took Hilary out shopping and Lilly and I baked vegan blueberry muffins. I wanted to get on my bike that evening but was exhausted so we watched a movie instead.

Total # of KM this week: 15 running, 13k cycling

Though I had a few more rest days the I wanted, I’m okay with that. I’m trying to get back into half marathon training while keeping in mind I’m still dealing with whiplash from my car accident in March. I don’t think it’s going to be fully heeled any time soon but I’m doing everything I can to reduce the pain and get stronger.

How was your week?

Anyone do anything for Earth Day?

Anyone race this weekend? 

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Running & Chocolate Weekly Wrap Up

I think this is the first time that I’m actually sick of chocolate. I feel shocked that I could even say that! Way too much Easter chocolate over the last 4-5 days has me looking the other way.

In running news…I ran three times this week, even with a minor set back with my neck/back injury. I’m really excited to see what happens on the roads in Boston today! From Kathrine Switzer and the 261 Fearless crew to local Nova Scotian’s and of course the elites!

What was Planned VS What Really Happened

Monday: Rest Day | Rest Day. This is where things went down hill for me with my neck/back after feeling really good. I co-facilitated a workshop and we were on our feet for 3.5 – 4 hours. I was doing a lot of writing on flip chart paper on the wall for a good chunk of that time. Pretty much right after we finished, I started to feel nauseous and my neck hurt a lot. It was kinda horrible but I had already booked a massage appointment so I quickly went to that appointment.

The massage helped significantly but I took it easy for the rest of the day.

Tuesday: Rest | Rest 

Wednesday: Rest Day | Plank: 2:08. A last minute decision to start planking again … right before bed of course. I was hoping for 45-60 seconds but just kept going. After a bit I wanted to see how far I could go and managed 2 minutes and 8 seconds. What a rush!

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Thursday: PT and Run | PT and Run. I was introduced to “dry needling” at physio and I’m pretty sure I cried a little! It was way more painful then the cupping (stripping) I had last year on my glutes and hamstring when I swore a few times. I could only handle two needles and I was done! I think it helped but didn’t feel good in that area until Sunday morning.

As for my run, it was all about just moving and getting active. I ran after our girls went to bed. My pace is slow for me, though after months of not really running I’m not disappointed. I’m just happy to be running. I’ve managed to drop my pace from 6:26/km to 6:13/km in a few days. I even saw a 5:55/km – the last one…guess I really wanted to get home!

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Friday: Rest Day| Cycling (10k). After a full day at the Zoo, walking trails and hanging out at a playground (plus laundry, cleaning the house etc.), I was spent. Although I had planned it to be a rest day, I wanted to do a little cycling and some PT. It felt good to cycling and have tired legs with less impact than running.

Saturday: Run outside| 8k Treadmill run. This was my longest run in MONTHS and it felt great. I just wanted to run and see if I could managed 7-8k. Again, this was after a busy day with the girls: errands all morning, another playground with friends, baking for Sunday dinner, more laundry and dishes for days!

To be honest, it took everything in me to put on my running clothing after getting the girls to bed. I was relaxed and just wanted to skip my run.

For the most part it was easy and felt good. I tried to channel my inner #261fearless girl as there were a few times when I had to either get off the treadmill or just slow the pace down. However, I was also able to increase the pace during the last 2-3 km, so that was awesome.

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Sunday: Rest day | Rest Day. I took Sunday to rest. Ideally, I would have liked to get on my bike or do some yoga. We traveled to the city for a family dinner and after that BIG meal all I wanted to do was hang out and relax…so I did!

Total km this week: 13 running (10 cycling).

This week I’m hoping to go to yoga again as I found that helped my back a lot. I need to register for Johnny Miles Half. And I need to change my current half ass training plan into a better, more formal plan.

How was your week / weekend?

Anyone else training for a spring race?

Okay – who is glued to Boston on TV, online, social media etc. today?

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My Johnny Miles Half Marathon Race Recap

Just as fast as I hit the registration button, the race was over like that! Well, almost that fast.

After taking a few days to put together my thoughts, I will start off by saying I reached my main goal of finishing my half marathon and having no hamstring pain. BIG WIN! I should be really happy with this but keep reading and you might understand why I’m not as happy as I should be.

Johnny Miles Race Weekend – Half Marathon

It was a small town event with a beautiful looped course on what was our first extremely HOT day of the year (25c to 28c). It was scorching outside with a slight breeze every so often. It was a weekend away for my running buddy, Krystol and I. We ate good food, hydrated liked queens and relaxed without kids around – it was kinda odd to be away without our kids and having nothing to do.

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I slept okay the night before the race in the hotel but woke up around 5:15 AM not feeling well…trip #1 to the bathroom. I tried to go back to sleep but couldn’t. Our alarms went off around 6:15 and I had trip #2 to the bathroom, still not feeling great. I felt sick. I felt nervous. I felt empty. (I’ll get to that shortly).

We did our things and got down to the race around 8am and had an hour until we started. The full marathon was supposed to start at 8am but they opened it up to FULL marathoners that wanted to started at 7am and beat some of the heat. I really wish they would have given this option to EVERYONE (half, 10k and 5k ers). It was bloody hot and was only going to get worse. Really, this is my only suggestion for next year…start earlier.

Okay…cue the tears….I need to back it up a bit for you to understand how my run was so horrible.

I was ready for this. I ran all the kilometres I could. I did all the speed work I could. I did strength training to get stronger and yoga to make my muscles feel better. With all that, nothing could prepare me for what was about to happen two days before the race.

Our dog Maclean, passed away Friday morning. She was sick but we didn’t know how sick. I had taken her to the vet’s on Thursday morning and by Thursday night she reacted poorly to medication but was improving over night (or so I thought). Friday morning after getting through the night, I told the girls to say “Goodbye and tell her you love her”….because honestly, I didn’t have a sweet clue what would happen at the vets later that day. I drove the girls to day care and came home to find my dog no longer alive. I freaked out a bit, called Saï as he was away, called the vet, called Krystol for help – she’s way more then a running buddy. She was gone. I’m come back to this another day.

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With a broken heart and empty soul I decided to run my half anyway. My husband was away for work and my parents were taking care of the girls. I thought running the race and getting away for the weekend would help but it didn’t.

The soul soother I was hoping for didn’t happen on my run. The first 5k was fine. My lungs felt great, my pace was great, I was ready…but my heart wasn’t, my mind was elsewhere. At 5k I took my first short walk (WTF?), by 8k I took a more serious walking break (pity party) and by 12km I was crying with tears down my face as I got passed by old guys. I wasn’t crying because they passed me but for the loss of Maclean and the desire to give up my effort.

The course was great. Half on the road, half on the trail with short hills and inclines throughout. Actually, it might be the perfect combination for a race but for me it was a struggle just putting one foot in front of the other. Seriously, one foot in front of the other was all I could focus on for a long-LONG time.

13k….15k…17k…. walk, walk, walk. Run when I could for 15-30 seconds and walk more. More walking then I ever wanted to do. Physically, I know I can do the distance but mentally I was done before I even started the race. I was drained.

By 18k I was just pissed off at myself. I could hear the finish line but still had to run in the opposite direction for a few more kilometres and then turn around. My Garmin kept moving forward in time yet I was just empty and broken inside. (I NEVER thought I would feel this way about losing our dog – NEVER!).

At 19k I ran through a sprinkler for the second time – best part of my run! I had people cheering me on by name as I was running by myself, they could read my bib. Honestly, that helped a lot. Two men called out “your almost there”….I replied with “I’m going for a personal worst”. They encouraged me some more and it helped a bit but they didn’t know I was hurting inside – no one did. I picked up my pace and then saw Krystol who got these shots of me:

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I picked up my pace again and turned the corner to the finish line. I had it all to myself (kinda cool, kinda weird). I could see the crowd of people and hear the MC but couldn’t bring myself to look up and enjoy it. I just push as hard as I could to finish the race, crossed the finish line and cried. I sat down and cried a little more then went to get some food and stretch on a patch of grass. That’s it…all done my fourth half marathon.

Krystol had, what I would call a great race for those conditions. She was on pace for a sub 2 hour half but just missed it as the heat took a toll on her.

Johnny Miles Weekend

I’m still empty, still sad but that will take some time. I’m not overly happy with my run but YES, I am thankful for completing another half marathon. My fourth half marathon, the hardest one to date. I still don’t know my official time and might not even bother to look it up. You may have seen my posts on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook about my slight disappointment but I only told half the story.

So………that my friends is my half marathon experience. Not the one that I dreamed about during my 400’s on the treadmill, not the one that I worked so hard for and never thought it would be mentally draining and the hardest run I’ve done to date. I’m thankful it’s done and that I’m strong enough to run that distance again pain free. However, I’m just empty and sad for losing our dog.

The end of Half Marathon #4.

PS. I’m 110% questioning my next half marathon in September and may drop to the 10k. I thought a lot about this during my run but haven’t fully decided yet on my next half marathons’ fate.

Happy Hump Day!

Anyone race, train or just enjoy the weather last weekend/this weekend?

Have you ever ran a race after a loss (be it an animal or person) ?

 

 

Pain Free Race

As race weekend approaches, my thoughts on running my fourth half marathon seem to be all over the place. Excitement, nervousness, enjoyment, mommy-guilt and fear.

This training cycle has been all over the place too. Physically, I feel strong with my hamstring (which sure is a nice feeling) but mentally I don’t think I’m ready for it. I wrote this post last Sunday shortly after my last long run of 19k. I wanted to post it right away but decided to sit on it for a day or so, which then turned into five days later I’ve hit the publish button. I’ve left it unchanged. It’s how I felt last Sunday and how I still feel today.

{Note: Don’t take this post as a negative rant, it’s not. It’s just how I was feeling and I wrote it all down}.

Half Marathon in Reach

During this training cycle, I managed to increase my strength training a lot more and got in ALL my long runs outside. I feel really lucky that my husband is home now (for the most part) and supportive of me going out to run for a few hours at a time. Secretly, I think he loves his one on one time with our girls in the morning without me around.

I’ve done a few long runs on my own and a few with my running buddy, Krystol. I’ve shed a few tears post run when everything (running & life) just felt so overwhelming yet I still managed to “get that friggin’ run in”. Why am I crying post run…I don’t know but sometimes it feels good.

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I’ve been more frustrated with myself during this training cycle then I ever have before. This will be my fourth half marathon and first this year. I’m second guessing myself but not disappointed in my training. I trust my training but I don’t trust the will I have to keep going when it gets tough. This is going to be a BIG mental game for me. I know I can do the distance comfortably but when I start to struggle get ugly.

After deciding to “take it easy” this year with running and not sign up for every run/race that I really wanted to do, I decided to stick with a few key events. Johnny Miles is a race I’ve never run before. It’s a great event (so I hear) and part of a larger community of events year round.

Expectations

Honestly, I’d love to say I want a PB, which would be better than 2:05 but it’s not in the cards. My body AND mind are not prepared for that. I’d love to do better then my last half in PEI last October (2:13) but I don’t even know if that is in the cards for me.

Realistically, I could be anywhere between 2:13 – 2:20. While I’m on the honest train…I’ll probably be disappointed with this time. Really, I probably will. No, I’m not going into this with a specific goal of finishing in x:xx:xx time but I know mentally this isn’t the time that I want to finish with and I guess I’m struggling with that.

You can only do so much!

I’m at the point where I can only do so much. I know I can do the distance and I know I can run at a good pace. I have to really wrap my head around what my goal is for this race. My goal is to finish 21.1 km and not hurt. Not have my hamstring scream at me. Not have me in pain for a full 7 days post race. THAT’s my goal of this race.

My right hammy that gave me so much pain.

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Though I run a lot, running is not my life but it sure is something that I truly love to do. I like setting goals for myself, whether that be during my training, work or home life. I like to achieve those goals and am pretty determined to do so.

I’d be lying if I said, I didn’t want to finish in a certain time (because I do) but I need to keep the main goal of finishing pain free. Maybe I’ll have to write the words “pain-free” on my hand that would give me a visual to focus on during my run. “You can do hard things” has been repeated many times over the last twelve weeks. I just have to believe it now!

Two more sleeps and I’ll be running 🙂

Ever use a word written on your hand/arm during a race?

What about a running mantra? 

Do you struggle with not running a certain time in a race?

 

Johnny Miles Half Marathon Training Week 11

I’m so happy to have finished week #11 of this training plan. This training cycle just seemed to go on forever and I felt like I was going nowhere. Well, I’m finally here, the last week of training (week 12) has me doing lots of short and easy runs this week and to be honest, I’m relieved!

Week #11 started off a little shady with a missed workout Monday as I just wasn’t “feeling it”. Seriously, that was my decision to not work out! The good news is that the rest of the week went off extremely well!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday June 6th: Stretch & Strengthen | Nothing. As mentioned above, I just wasn’t into working out. My husband and I took the opportunity to start cleaning the house/getting organized for Lilly’s birthday party that we’d host on the weekend.

Tuesday: 8k | 8k. Had an amazing evening run that turned out to be a negative split that I worked hard for. Once I figured out that it could happen, I worked hard to maintain my pace and increase it each kilometer. It honestly felt amazing!

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Wednesday: 10 x 400’s | 10 x 400’s Treadmill. This too was a successful night of running after a full day. I jumped on the treadmill with a lot of caution and a little fear. How am I going to do this 10 times? I ran for 2k to warm up and then started increasing my pace. In the end, I ran 9k and nailed each 400 progressively.

June 8th TM

Thursday: 5k + Strength | 5k. Though this run was on my schedule, life just wasn’t going to line up for me to run it. I was on the road all day with work and NEEDED the night to get ready for Lilly’s birthday party (clean house). It sounds like our house is super dirty but it’s not….we just have stuff everywhere that needed to be put away.

Saï asked when I was going to run and I said I wasn’t. This surprised him as he knew I needed to run 5k. We went on and started cleaning/organizing etc. and finished roughly around 8:40pm. I decided that since it was still light out, I could get in a 5k. So off I went, in the rain and pounded out a sub 30 minute 5k…something I haven’t done in months!

June 9th rain

Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed it again! I even enjoyed this amazing “root beer”. This beer is amazing….just like root beer…so good…so bad as you can consume many! It’s Canadian 😉

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Saturday: 5k @ Pace | Party Day at our house! We hosted 12 girls for Lilly’s 6th birthday! CRAZY! No running.

Sunday: 19k Long Run | 19k Long Run. Krystol and I were going to meet at 6:30 AM and head out on the trail for an extremely flat 19k. At 6:20 my phone beeped and my husband said “what time are you getting up”…..After looking at my phone, “oh shit”….NOW!!!! I jumped out of bed, went to the bathroom, got dress, shoved a 1/2 piece of bread with peanut butter in my mouth, went back to the bathroom and then tied up my laces as Krystol waited in her car.

Wow, I felt so terrible for not being ready! Luckily, she’s the most laid back person I’ve ever met. Off we went. The first 10k was great…like I was loving it. Lots of chatting back and forth. Around 13k the wheels started to slide a little and I needed a few random walking breaks here and there.

Post run selfie.

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Somewhere around the 15k-16k the wheels were starting to fall off and the struggle bus was coming in to pick me up. The last 3k was horrible for me. Krystol takes breaks only if I do, otherwise she’ll just keep running comfortably. I don’t now if it was the lack of prep beforehand, lack of fuel during (Honey Stinger Chews, Nuun and Water) or just the fact that around the 14k mark I struggle lately with running. Who knows??!?!?!

In the end, we got it done in 2:07:xx. Add on another 2.1k and you can probably figure out what my finish time will be. I’m not upset about this long run or the time it took me to finish. I’m more frustrated with my struggle and feel that my “fitness” is not where it should be. However, having said that….my hamstring feels great! So, THAT is a pretty good win for me!

KM run this week: 41 km

KM run this training cycle: 384 km (woah!)

Overall: It was a really good week for me and it’s finally nice to feel like it was a good running week.

What’s next: This week’s training plan as me doing the following: Stretch & Strengthen, 6k, 30 tempo run, 5k, rest, rest, RACE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m hoping to post a few times this week about the race and how I’m feeling about it but haven’t had a lot of time for blogging lately. If you want a short version of how the training is going, check me out on Instagram.

How was your weekend?

Anyone race? Train?

How long goes it take you to get your house ready for a party?

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?