Monday: 6.5 easy 8:24/pace
Alright, I’m going to talk about something everyone can relate to. Working out on vacation. While I was in Chicago over the weekend I messed up and missed my long run on Saturday. I even squeezed my runs in before the trip without a day off just so I’d only have 1 run to do during the weekend. But with 3 feet of snow on the ground and having to drive to a gym, I just wasn’t motivated.
I’m human. Some people think I’m a machine when it comes to working out, but i get lazy and procrastinate and sometimes I don’t want to leave my friends and family because I’m afraid i’ll miss something. I don’t feel that bad, cause I spent quality time with my nephews 🙂
I had a hard 10 miler on the schedule, and I felt bad missing it–literally stressed about it all weekend! Which is crazy. One missed workout isn’t going to make or break a half marathon time, but if this was happening all the time, I couldn’t expect amazing things to happen in a race. Running is something I love because you really get out what you put into it.
Monday I had an email waiting in my inbox from my coach.. She was waiting for my log to update and show my long run. No, she wasn’t upset when I skipped it, she just wanted to discuss moving forward and suggested a 5k race to really see where my speed is. Then we can come up with some realistic 1/2 marathon goals. I’m about 4 1/2 weeks out from the USA 1/2 already! I swear if you stick to a training schedule and take it one workout at a time, the weeks fly by!
Just like the past weekend, it flew by. I want to go back to Revolution Brewery and get brunch again. Breakfast foods are my all-time favorite type of foods. This was the BEST BREAKFAST I’VE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE.
Perfect eggs in a basket with hollandaise sauce that was to die for! Also, this was the first time i’ve had beer with breakfast. Move over mimosas! There’s a new Sunday drink in town.
Two hours after I landed back in DC Monday morning and went for an easy 6.5 mile run. I was going to try and makeup the 10 miler, but after a weekend of beer/pizza/no workouts my legs were heavy and tight. It felt great to get a run in, but man, it’s hard to take a weekend completely off. I’m back and ready to get back to it!
Late Recap from Last Week
Monday: 4m easy 8:25/pace, 20 min shoulders, 10 min abs
Tuesday: 7m hills 8:10/pace, 20 min chest/biceps, 20 min abs
Wednesday: 5 easy 8:25/pace
Thursday: 6.4m moderate 7:21/pace, (7:55, 7:36, 7:37, 7:15, 6:56, 6:47)
How did your weekend run/workouts go?
Ever do a shorter race before a goal race one to gauge fitness?
02/11/2014 at 1:01 PM
Your nephews are so cute! Glad you had an awesome weekend 🙂 I’ve never done a gauge race but I probably will in the future because I’ve read so much about how to fine tune your race prep after you see where you stand.
02/12/2014 at 9:35 AM
Yeah it makes me nervous but excited! I haven’t ran a 5k race i was super proud of, so i’d like to see where i’m at even compared to last year
02/11/2014 at 1:15 PM
Awesome to hear how well the weekend went – love the pics! Didn’t realize the beer flight was part of breakfast! Cool.
I will sit here and calmly tell you that just like one meal won’t ruin your health, neither will missing one planned run ruin your fitness. Of course, in the same situation I would have been totally stressing!
With the insane cold we’ve had (today was -8F again), I have just been happy to get my runs in, and try to do a ‘run with purpose’ on the weekends. This weekend the temperatures were a bit better, so I did a ‘virtual marathon’ – 12.75 on Saturday and 13.75 on Sunday. It served to meet my ‘always ready for a half’ plan, and also challenge my ‘running on tired legs’ goal to check endurance.
02/12/2014 at 9:37 AM
nice job on the virtual marathon!! I love doing back to back long days. Gives me the confidence in distance!
02/11/2014 at 2:41 PM
Glad you enjoyed your weekend! That breakfast looks amazing, especially the beer.
02/11/2014 at 6:09 PM
Beer for breakfast?! I never thought of it until now! I’m glad I saw your post – I have to go away on a business trip in a couple weeks, and I’m really nervous about how I’ll be able to schedule my runs. It’s not one of those two-day business trips, either…I’ll be gone for about a week, working at a trade show. So I’ll have to get up super early and will be working some pretty long days. Hope it doesn’t affect my running schedule too much!
02/12/2014 at 9:38 AM
best advice i’ve ever read is just to get the workouts done as early in the day as possible, it’s so hard to workout in the evening away from home!
02/11/2014 at 7:24 PM
I’m with you on not wanting to miss out on anything when I’m home/on vacation with family! And breakfast is my favorite meal too – I am a little overexcited for brunch after my race this coming weekend! Lol
02/12/2014 at 9:38 AM
haha If i’m ever in cali i’ll take you out for brunch for being such an awesome coach 🙂
02/16/2014 at 6:46 PM
Yeah sometimes there are circumstances where you just gotta skip a run. I’ve never had beer for breakfast so that’s awesome! Not sure I’d like it or not..I really do enjoy my mimosas with breakfast. 🙂