Last week’s miles: 25.66
This week’s miles: 25.76
Weight: 130 BMI: 19.2
Fitbit steps 2/15 – 2/21: 81, 328
- Sunday 6.02 miles, average pace per mile – 11:49. Outside run, supposed to be long run but upset stomach cut it short.
- Monday 3 miles, average pace per mile – 9:47. Treadmill run, working on speedwork.
- Tuesday 4.24 miles, average pace per mile – 11:21. Outside evening run after work.
- Thursday 2.50 miles, average pace per mile – 12:24. Slow 5:30am pre-work treadmill run.
- Saturday 10 miles, average pace per mile – 11:32. Outside long run.
Diet: I am still playing around with what works best for me before my long run days. I thought for sure that this morning wouldn’t be a great long run, since I fell short of proper hydration yesterday (crazy busy day at work, not much time to focus on water), and I went out for happy hour with work friends and had a cocktail (only one, but I’m still trying not to drink alcohol at all during the 24 hours before a big run) and we got Panera takeout for dinner. I ordered something* I thought would be a good choice pre-distance, given the options, but I still figured my nutrition was not optimal for a ten mile run.
I had the best ten mile run to date this morning.
*in the process of linking that item, I looked up the nutrition info. It was only 390 calories! (I ordered the small). I recommend that item, since it was very filling and felt much more decadent than 390 calories.
General notes: This week had the lowest number of steps (measured by Fitbit Force) since I went to Mexico and left my bracelet off for four days! While my overall miles came in okay because it included my long run today, I just wasn’t as active or running as long this past week. Part of that has been less activity at work (conferencing with my seniors all day about term papers means a lot of time in my chair), and part due to some really busy nights with kid activities, leaving no time for longer runs Mon – Fri.
The next few weeks contain my heaviest mileage before I head into taper (half marathon date: April 6th), but I just can’t always get all these miles done, especially 6-7 mile weekday runs. I’m not big on making excuses, but when my job requires me to leave my house (showered, dressed, professional) with three kids in tow by 7am, work “ends” (relative term for teachers with nightly grading and lesson planning) between 4-5pm, depending on the day, and then there is the plethora of three kid activities and dinner and homework and you get the idea – I’m squeezing in 3-4 mile runs on a disciplined day. I did get in the gym and do a treadmill run before work this past week – but could only do 45 minutes before hitting Dunkin Donuts for the oldest’s birthday breakfast and arriving at home by 6:20am to get ready.
I’m just not sure where the hours are in the day to do 60+ minute workouts on week days. It’s hard being a working a mom of three and trying to train for a half marathon! How do full time working moms of multiple kids train for a marathon?! (if anyone is reading this and can respond to that, feel free to leave a comment – maybe I’m just doing something wrong?!)
Rather than get down on myself about falling short of the plan miles, I’m determined to just do the best I can. Heck, it was just November that I was worried I wouldn’t be able to last 5 miles for the Austin Turkey Trot, and now 5 miles is an easy run! I’m doing the best I can, with a very busy life. I know I will finish the half marathon, and it will be an accomplishment no matter what my time. I’m working on letting go of my goal time (which by every single article I’ve read and person I’ve talked to, is a counterproductive attitude for the first time running a half), and focusing on the journey of the accomplishment.
*whispers: still, I’d like to break a 2:30*