Wow. What an embarassing first week of marathon training. I missed not one, not two, but THREE runs. I'm feeling really lucky at this point that I had built up a good base within the last few months. Someone needs to kick my butt into gear. Anybody?
The good thing about my missed runs is that my left leg really had a chance to get in some healing I think. I've battled my IT band and hip flexor for a while and this week was the first week in a LONG time that I didn't feel myself hobbling. Score.
Here's what I did manage for the week:
Monday: 30 minute sprint on the elliptical plus a little interval training that I made up:
My core was sore for a few days after this so I highly recommend it! I hope to make up more of these as training goes on. I also had some good company while I was on the elliptical:
Oh yeah, I love me some Full House. I also had this little buddy next to me on the treadmill while I worked it on the elliptical:
Tuesday: 3 mile run. I ran this "Naked", as in without my Garmin. I haven't done that in a long time and I really needed it. I have no idea what my pace was, and I really don't care. It was good run and I felt strong! Of course, I was running for my buddy, Jordan.
Wednesday: Skipped run day 1.
Thursday: Scheduled rest day.
Friday: Skipped run day 2.
Saturday: 8 mile long run...DONE! I met up with the St. Jude training group at Shelby Farms. I rode with my MRTT buddy, Kaci, and we got in an extra 1.6 miles before the schedule 6 mile run. We also met up with Debi from Girls Run The 901! I was so excited to finally meet her! She is as sweet as can be and a great motivator. Hopefully we'll get some more runs in together! The run was really hard due to the extreme heat and humidity. Luckily I had brought my CamelBak so I was able to stay hydrated. One good thing out of this run was, even though I ran it slow, I felt really strong at the end. Like I could have kept running. This makes me happy :-)
Sunday: Skipped run day 3, and a skipped race in the MRTC road race series. Let's just say I was having some stomach issues from a weekend of fun eating.
Here's what I have planned for this week:
Please help me stay motivated!
How do you recover after a crappy training week?
What was your favorite run of the week?