Week 3 Training Recap
Today was a rest day, which felt weird since I ended up with such a light week last week. However, I did not want to run knowing that the mileage really starts to increase this week going into next. When I got home, I played with the girls and used them has human weights to do both leg and upper body exercises. They got a kick out of it and using a 50 pound child as a bench press, shoulder press and squats is no easy task. My goal this week, is to run all miles in the plan, and make an effort to start removing sugars and white flour from my diet.
Well, the week is not starting like I wanted to. My alarm was set to wake up at 4:30 this morning to ensure that I got up in time to go run 8 miles prior to work. The alarm went off, but I didn’t get up. After hitting the snooze button a few times, I finally managed to roll out of bed and then drag myself to get dressed. I finally made it out the door, but about 45 minutes later than I wanted to, which meant that I was only able to do 6 in the morning. It was slow but I at least got it done. After work, I finished up the remaining two miles while the girls biked behind me. Although I would have preferred to get 8 miles in at once, I was happy that I got them in. The second run in the afternoon was much faster and it was fun to see the girl’s fitness improving, as well, since they were able to ride their bikes up the hills, that a few months ago required pushing.
Boooo….Not how this week was supposed to go. If my goal was to run all of the miles in the plan, this was not how I wanted to do. Today’s plan called for 5 miles in the AM and 5 miles in the PM. However, after once again sleeping a little late, I decided to scrap running in the morning and instead do all 10 miles when I got home. However, what I forgot was that my wife was working late and therefore I would not be able to run until late. Yes, I could have done 10 miles when she got home, however, it would have been a late night of running, which would not have helped my issue of getting out of bed early in the morning. I finally got out the door running a little after 10 and had to make the mental decision that any run was better than no run. Although, I wasn’t going to make my goal of running every run as planned for the week, I at least got to run, which is more than a lot of people get to do. I ended up doing 4 miles….something is better than nothing.
Going to bed after midnight the night before, I knew that my best bet would be to run in the afternoon. However, timing was going to be tricky as it was my daughters 8th birthday which meant another late start on my run, unless I could squeeze in the 6 miles between work and dinner. All though that seemed like a solid plan, it didn’t work as I had to work later than planned. However, right after dinner and opening presents I was able to get out the door, and get my run in. My phone died mid run, but thankfully I knew my route and was able to keep running until I knew my 6 miles was completed. So, although it didn’t go exactly to plan, I still got it done.
If this week has a recurring theme it’s late to bed makes early to rise difficult. Once again, I got to bed way too late. It’s tough to run late in the evening and then go straight to bed. Running wakes me up, makes me feel alive, get inspired, think about things, want to take action. The one thing it never does is make me want to sleep. Even after running marathons, the last thing I want to do is go sleep. So, I woke up late, but did get outside to run. I was supposed to do 6, but I only did 3. I knew I had to get whatever I could get in before work today, as I wouldn’t have time to do it after work, with my work Christmas party being this evening. So, although it wasn’t 6, I am still happy to get in 3.
Saturday is usually long run day. However, after a late night at the Christmas party, followed by an unhealthy late night snack, the last thing my body wanted to do was run far on only 4 hours of sleep. When I woke up, I was feeling sick and texted Eamonn that I wouldn’t make it this morning. I decided to get a few more hours of sleep and see how I felt when I woke up; which did the trick. When I woke up later, I felt great and decided to do Sundays planned run of 11 miles and do Saturdays planned run of 15 miles on Sunday. Although it was a little cold, it was dry and the run felt great. I ended up getting 11.5 miles in and felt good about my pace and effort.
Wet, cold, and Awesome!!! Today was long run day, since I swapped Saturday and Sunday. On the agenda was a 15 mile run, that I was running solo. I woke up to a 37 degrees and a drizzle that quickly turned into a steadier rain. Most people hate these runs; however, I find that I love them. I’m not sure if it’s the me vs. nature mentality, the solitude of the run since others avoid them, or the fact that it reminds me of being a kid, running in the rain. Regardless, I love it and ended my running happy, albeit with frozen hands and feet. Although 15 was the plan, I did a little over 13, because it just felt right. Yes, 15 would have been a little more time on my feet, but I ended up right near my house at 13.2 and felt that I had gotten everything I could out of the run. – See more at:
Goal Mileage: 56 Miles……..Actual Mileage: 45.9
Take Aways: Go to bed earlier, it makes waking up early easier……Get miles when you can get them….any miles is better than no miles……Be happy that you get to run even when your plan falls apart….46 miles may not have been the goal, but it’s still good mileage.