I’m pretty sure I have officially entered the dog days of marathon training.
Happy Friday, what is happening? Did you enjoy your labor day weekend? Our trip to Orlando was a really good one. We missed Hurricane Hermine by a couple of miles and I was super present for the kids, it was also REALLY nice to come home and not having to worry about commuting to work the next day!
The flip side of all of this is now that I am responsible for my children full time again, I am also responsible for getting them to school and picking them up. This can be quite a handful when you have errands to run, work to complete and a house to clean. How do you stay at home moms/work at home moms do this? I need some kind of routine, just when I think I’ve gotten everything together, it all falls apart again! Any tips, would be greatly appreciated!
I have to admit, marathon training was less than stellar for the past two weeks. I’ve have a serious case of lead legs and no motivation. I was scheduled to do a 10 mile run last weekend in Orlando, but unfortunately I ate something terrible the night before that had me awake at 3am and with zero energy. I was really sad to miss my long run but I knew I’d be a mess if I even tried.
(Did you miss my announcement? I am a Social Media Ambassador for the TCS NYC Marathon!)
Tuesday: Because my running was non-existent over the weekend, the first thing I did was come back and run 10 miles early Tuesday morning. The last mile I was crawling…it was so bad. I felt fantastic up until mile 7 but the wheels fell right off and the last 3 were brutal.
Wednesday: Strength training day was so great. I took the time to really pay close attention to my hips, as you may remember that my hips were my main source of pain post mile 18 last year. I did a ton of weight lifting moves including:
- Deadlifts with clean and press (30lb barbell)
- Squats with 30lb barbell
- Single Leg dumbbell row
Thursday: I gathered up every single piece of motivation and I got on the treadmill for another 4 miles. I should have run these miles outside but honestly I’ve been freaked out since the runner was murdered a couple of miles from my home. I know I shouldn’t be! I don’t even run that particular trail, but the fact that the murderer is still out there…ugh.
As the weather gets cooler I will have to start running outside again, but it will be in VERY open areas. This weekend I have 15 miles on the schedule and I am apprehensive about it because a) I’m pretty sure I can’t ever do another long run (over 8 miles) on the treadmill, b) it’s outside–stranger danger and c) this week was AWFUL with a slew of bad runs, and I’m nervous this one will be bad too.
I’ve decided to break it up into three parts: 5, 5, and 5 miles. I want to get out as early as possible so the beaming sun isn’t an issue, plus there is a caribbean group of guys who play soccer on the field that I run around which somehow makes me feel super safe running out there.
Wish me luck!