This was a big week of marathon training for me. 47.5 miles and I made sure to find any hill I could when running those miles.
On Friday, I started my own version of a push up challenge. I am going to do 30 a day until the Boston Marathon. I HATE push ups, and I am hoping this will help me get over that, and it is a great way to strengthen your core.
2/5 Monday – 8 miles easy at 9:06 average pace. I specifically chose a hilly route and then did my upper body lift at home because it made more sense for the route. It is crazy how sore you can make yourself with just 2 dumbbells and a barbell.
3 miles easy in the afternoon at 8:45. For someone who has always sworn they could not work out in the afternoons, I do really like my 3 mile run on Monday evenings. I always feel really good having done it and I think it helps me sleep. I am glad I don’t have doubles every day though. Taking 2 showers a day would get old. I am not one of those people who can just not shower. Please don’t think I am judging you if you can.
2/6 Tuesday – 2 miles warm up at 9:54 average, 14 x 90 seconds hard, 90 seconds easy (ended up being 5.5 miles at 7:11 average), 2 miles cool down at 9:37 average. Reps: 6:07/5:49/6:14/6:17/6:15/6:22/6:14/6:12/6:15/6:13/5:56/6:01/5:43/5:54
I did a version of this workout a 2 weeks ago and failed hard, so I was really happy about this.
2/7 Wednesday – 6 miles easy at 9:36 & leg day.
2/8 Thursday – 4500 yard swim, 1:28:07, 1:56/100 yards. I did 3 rounds of: 500 breast stroke, 500 pull & 500 kick with flippers.
2/9 Friday – 5 miles easy at 9:18 average & full body HIIT with weights and plyo. 30 push ups, day 1.
2/10 Saturday – This was SUPPOSED to be 16 mile long run, 6 miles easy, 6 miles at MP (7:35-7:40), 4 miles easy. Unfortunately, that was not the way it went at all. From the first step I felt heavy and like my heart rate was too high.
For the first 6 miles, I decided not to worry about it and just enjoy chatting with the girls I was running with.
For the second set of 6, I fought to hang in there with the pace as hard as I could. The first mile was too slow, so I went harder on the second 2, but my watch kept bouncing around and showing the average pace at 8:15. That was very frustrating. The 4th mile I kept pushing, but was getting nothing out of my legs. The last 2 I was no longer with anyone and running alone. So I just kept doing what I could and tried not to stop.
The route was definitely hilly. Still, I felt so embarrassed and disappointed in my failed effort at first. I still do, to be honest. It definitely helped when the other girls on the running team told me that particular route had kicked their butts the fist time they ran it too.
I know having those days comes with the territory. Especially because I am pushing myself for something that is outside my comfort zone. In my opinion, you are allowed to be disappointed for a while, but then you have to get over it and move on. Instead of being mad you couldn’t do the workout, be grateful instead that you had the opportunity to try.
I still did 30 push ups on Saturday and Sunday as well!
When was the last time you had a really bad workout?