Week 5 of marathon training has come and gone. It was a bit of a rough week, fitness wise, so my plan is to cull out the positives and learn from the negatives.
Sunday - rest day
Monday – 3.1 miles
I loved this run. Loved. It was hot and humid and yet everything about it was wonderful. I finished strong, feeling great, and with a pace time of which I was incredibly proud. The sky made being up so early absolutely worthwhile.
Tuesday – 3.1 miles
Due to the way the week was going, I made this a late afternoon run. It was slightly overcast,
which did help me out, but I’m surprised how I loved this run more than Monday’s. I was faster, too! Funny thing is that one of my laces broke at the halfway mark.
I figured that would have thrown me all out of whack, but I was able to get it done, no problem.
Wednesday – Sunrise yoga
We were going to enjoy our practice outside, as has been our habit, but for some reason, the bugs were biting. I was able to snap this quick picture before we headed back inside.
I didn’t love yoga quite as much inside, but I definitely needed the stretching. My legs were incredibly tight and it was great working it all out.
I also got a very special mail delivery:
I do believe this will be the pair of shoes in which I run the Walt Disney World Marathon. I haven’t taken them for a test run yet, because I need to get them laced right and I don’t want to start in them too soon (I plan on alternating shoes from here on out), but their time is coming.
Thursday - rest day
I shouldn’t really consider this a real rest day, since we spent a few hours at Crocodile Crossing, working hard at the obstacle course.
But no running, so rest day it is.
Friday – rest day
I really wanted to get out there for my scheduled 11 mile long run, but I was tired, sore and there was absolutely no way to get myself properly hydrated after our adventures on Thursday. I made the decision to postpone to Saturday, although I was annoyed with myself about it. In the meantime, my stepdad, nephew and I went to see Lucy (I think I liked it, but several days later, I am still processing the whole thing), while my mom took little man to see Planes: Fire & Rescue (they loved it). Afterwards, we had hibachi for dinner and spent some time feeding the koi.
Saturday – 6 mile long run
This didn’t work out quite as planned. I was exhausted and overslept, and I was still incredibly sore in the ribs and arms. I decided all I could do was my best, and just deal with it. If I could make it to 11 miles, great. If not, I would just have to make it up another time.
In the meantime, Mr PugRunner and our nephew went out to run a 5K in historical downtown. Mr PugRunner hadn’t been feeling well for a few days, so I was proud of him for going. They said it was a nice race, although the weather was disgustingly hot.
I made a huge mistake by staying in the neighborhood. It was really too easy to let myself get mentally worn down, where as when I am in another location, I feel more motivated and am more visually and mentally stimulated. I also learned a valuable lesson about pacing. I went out way too fast, riding the high from my stronger runs earlier in the week. I realize that my long runs will be slower, but I was trying to be a hero. Note to self: don’t.
My confidence plummeted afterwards. I really, really wanted to be able to mark another successful training off my schedule, but it wasn’t meant to be. I am now going to be scrambling to fit in those 11 because of the upcoming Tour De Pain. It will happen, and I hope I can get myself back to feeling strong and prepared.
Later that night, we went to Everbank Field for the unveiling of the world’s largest video screens and new stadium upgrades. More on the event this week, but for now, a quick glimpse of what we got to enjoy.
So far, for July, I am up to 49 miles, and I still have a few days to go, including a long run and maybe another short training session. We shall see. I am a little shaken by Saturday’s outing, but I will move past it as soon as I have another good run. I know that you can’t have the good without the bad, and I am relying on that to get me through.
I am also giving myself permission to slow it down significantly when I do finally get that long run in. It will make a lot of difference and help me be more consistent. I am actually looking at getting a pace band for my next half marathon, to help keep myself on track for those longer distances.
Do you alternate running shoes or just use one pair at a time?
Have you ever run with a pace band or tattoo? Do you recommend it or not?