Prague Marathon Training, Week 6

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After two weeks in New Zealand and a week basically on my death bed with a kidney infection, I was more than ready to get back into a good routine this week! Especially getting back to the core work I haven’t done in 3 weeks…oops! The Prague Marathon is now just 75 days away! Eek!

Monday, 2/13/17, 3 mile run and barre3 class: Since I took so many days off last week, a short run was on the schedule for this morning. It’s funny how different you can feel on two different days! On Saturday, the miles felt easy and effortless at the Green Valley 10 Miler at a much faster pace. This morning, I struggled through 3 miles at 9:51 pace and felt like I was running through molasses. Oh well – they can’t all feel good! I also headed to a barre3 class after work to get some strength and core work in. Oh, my aching abs! Note to self – get back into core work.

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Yeah, so, my whole body hurts now. Leggings by DanaLouFIT (code DCA15 for 15% off)

Tuesday 2/14/17, 8.5 mile run: So, I really did not want to do this run. I got home from work exhausted and unmotivated, and I wanted to just sit on the couch. I knew that I didn’t have a good reason, though, so I watched a couple of inspirational running videos on YouTube and got my butt in gear for my planned 6 mile run. I have been getting into running podcasts lately, so I took Ali’s podcast with me and zoned out. The run went better than I thought it would (as is usually the case when I’m highly unmotivated), and as I got home, AJ was coming out the door to go on a 2.5 mile run of his own. I was feeling good, so I decided to join him for some extra miles! Overall pace 9:46.

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I guess you could say spring has sprung!

Wednesday, 2/15/17, CycleBar Greenville class: Today is a cross-training day! The big activity was hitting up CycleBar Greenville’s lunchtime class. I was running late and sprinted into class with about 60 seconds to spare. Spinning is hard (at least, to me) but the time goes by quickly in there! To cap off my experience, I then walked directly into a glass door on my way out. That was my second class ever, so I’m no doubt making a great impression. I also did 20 minutes worth of barre3 seat and core videos online – gotta get that core strength back!

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Bringing the pain at lunch time!

Thursday, 2/16/17, 6 mile run: I was scheduled to run half of my run with my friend, which was exciting – I think I have a regular running buddy?! I set out for the first half on my own and felt like my heart rate was sky high. I even posted an Instagram story about it! After checking my watch at the end of my run, it wasn’t at all…so I think I’m just freaking out for no reason. All in all, it was a good run – 9:51 pace and I got to run with my friend! I rounded out the day with a 10 minute barre core workout – fourth day in a row!

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Working that core hold! I’m kind of loving this trucker hat, even though I feel like trucker hats are normally not my thing. Maybe they will become my thing?

Friday, 2/17/2017, OFF: I’m just going to come out and say it – I don’t love rest days. I like the idea of not having scheduled exercise to do, but actually resting? That’s hard! If they happen to happen (and they do, apparently) then I prefer my rest days to be during the week so I can do something fun on the weekends – in addition to my long runs, of course! My goal for today was to get in 10,000 steps and I did!

Saturday, 2/18/2017, 12 miles long run: I woke up tired on Saturday morning, but determined to have a good run. I took Ali’s podcast with me and knew I was meeting a friend for a few miles in the middle, too! Honestly, the run went great – I have no complaints. It wasn’t epic, but it was solid, and I never felt particularly tired or like I wanted to quit. i ended up with exactly 12 miles right as I got to my driveway and my overall pace was exactly 10:00 minutes per mile which I found extremely satisfying because everyone likes round numbers.

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I don’t get to run with this little nugget/old man anymore, but he’s happy to give me some snuggles when I get home.

Sunday, 2/19/17, OFF: Well, today was supposed to be a cross-training day, and it didn’t happen. Some of my sorority sisters were here visiting for the weekend and while we had great intentions of going on a hike, really all we did was walk around downtown and drink lots of wine. Does lifting a wine glass count as cross training?

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10 thoughts on “Prague Marathon Training, Week 6

  1. That is exciting about having a new workout buddy.

    I think we all have those days that start with good intentions and then we never make it to whatever we planned too. Those typically end up being my rest days as well.

    1. It’s been a really long time since I’ve had a running buddy, so I am excited! Hopefully it will continue 🙂

  2. I got to run with Alex THREE TIMES in the past week, and it was magical. We might just bypass doctors order and run Saturday (one day after I’ll be ordered off of exercise) so that we can fit one more in before a month or more of not being able to run together (or do.. anything physical… together)

    1. I’m so glad y’all have been able to make the most of your “reset” time. It looks like you’ve been having a blast! I love running with AJ, but it is a bit hard to plan my runs around him because he has been known to change his mind about whether or not he wants to run 🙂

  3. Glad to see you’re back in the running mode again! Your attitude seems so much more positive! It’s been inspirational to watch your metamorphosis. I’m excited to follow your journey to Prague, and know you’ll have an amazing experience! Good luck!

    1. Thanks, Murray! Training has been really fun so far and I’m in a good place mentally with my running. I’m determined to keep it that way! I think the break from marathons was much needed, no matter how things end up going in Prague. Even if I’m not able to finish the race, my love for distance running has been restored.

  4. Yes. Wine drinking with good friends (or alone) always counts!
    Love that you have a running buddy and that you got (almost) all your workouts done, even when you didn’t really want to.
    And yes, I think trucker hats just may be your thing…

    1. It’s funny, I think I struggle a lot with doubt and that is the main source of feeling unmotivated. I really look forward to my workouts until right before it is time to do them. Then, as soon as I get out there, I’m fine!

  5. After a year of feeling “meh” about running, I’m getting better at getting out there even when I don’t love the idea of going for a run. Winter also doesn’t help that. I’ve taken a week off, but running with a sinus infection isn’t remotely enjoyable, so it was needed.

    1. I’m really sorry to hear you’ve been dealing with a sinus infection, but excited that you are getting back into running again! I’m sure having the Lole running club is hugely helpful and a big source of motivation, too. Running is more fun with friends!

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