Welcome to week ten of my Shamrock Half Marathon Training Recap. Each week, I’ll share how my training went and what the week looked like. I’m doing this because: 1) I love reading about how other folks train and 2) it’s great for me to have a record of what I did each week. Also, honestly, it helps keep me accountable when I know I’ll be writing about it. I also post almost all of my runs on Instagram as well. I wrote about my thoughts on my training plan after one month here, if you want to check that out.
This week was tough. I was coming off my peak week last week, was working a lot and sleeping very little. I basically struggled through the whole week, told myself that something was always better than nothing and tried to give myself some grace. Because, that’s about all we can do, right?
Monday: I was just a bit behind and off (theme of the week) and only got in 2.3 miles before Pure Barre.
Tuesday: I had my best run all week. It was not easy, but I was really really proud of the run. See what I posted on Instagram below.
This was one of those runs where I just focused on settling in and letting my body (and mind) feel uncomfortable. The pace was a little fast, the rain was a little cold, the wind was a little brisk and it was a little dark…everything was a bit off but I ignored all that and just reminded myself that runs like this one are where PRs are made. Really proud of this run and also REALLY excited about tomorrow’s rest day. #tracktuesday
Wednesday and Thursday were rest days. I always rest on Wednesdays but this week Thursday was a monster for me and I decided to skip my run. It is the first run I’ve skipped all training cycle (not counting the days I took off because of my knee) and I felt terrible about it until I realized that if a friend described to me how I was feeling, I would’ve told them to rest. So I did and I was better for it.
Friday: 3.57 miles plus Pure Barre. Got treated to this lovely sky while running – so worth the zero dark thirty alarm clock.
Saturday: Long run day! Ten super solid miles with my girls. It was a great run with really nice weather.
Sunday: Four easy miles to conclude the week.
It was a really rough week for me and I felt terrible skipping my run but the truth is, I’m human. I set a goal each month to only skip one run (if any) and so far, this is the first one I skipped. It was the right decision – and while my mileage was a bit lower than I would’ve liked, it was still a really solid week with two great runs (Tuesday and Saturday). Ready to move on to March – February has been tough!
Total mileage for the week: 26.28 miles
Total mileage for the year: 280.13 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle: 326.24 miles
How is your training going? I am excited that basically there is only one more week of hard workouts before I start a bit of a taper.