Monday, December 17, 2018

Marathon Training: Week 12

I can't believe my first marathon is coming up in January! All those last few years of thinking about it and knowing that I wasn't ready to commit to training for one seemed like forever ago, and now it's real and I couldn't be more excited (and nervous - let's not lie here lol!). For the marathon plan I'm following, I chose one for beginner runners who have about a year of running under their belt. While I'm not a beginner, I wanted to work more on hills, technique and speed and I feel that this plan will allow me to do that to a greater extent come January for April's marathon. 

Week 12 made me feel the most tired and out of sorts I have out of all these weeks, mostly because of the crazy holiday schedule seeping into my mostly chill week, but also because of the mileage pickup and the travel involved. I'm thankful for all of it, but I'm also really tired and lately all I want to do is plan my next bedtime by noon. Hopefully things will get back to normal soon.

The week 12 breakdown went like this:

Monday 12/10: Rest day from running today while my legs heal up and my left foot calms down. I used my downtime after work to get a little Christmas shopping done, and that definitely didn't feel like rest. That's it! I demand a restart for this rest day! Not really though...Monday can go away now. 

Tuesday 12/11: 2 miles in the park today. I was still feeling tired and run down and this was supposed to be a 7 mile run, so I was REALLY bummed to only be able to go 2 when my foot flared up again.

On a side note, WOW- I didn't think I'd even be running two days after doing 17 miles, because usually after half marathons I would take a week off because of sore muscles....Now that I think about it, even though my speed isn't where I want it to be I have come pretty far with everything. Time for a little high five....

Wednesday 12/12: I REDEEMED MYSELF YAAAYYYYYYY!!! 7 miles DONE today and oh boy did it feel great. 

Thursday 12/13: 4 miles outside today. I was tired but it was a nice 98 degrees, so who could possibly say no to a little more running???

Friday 12/14: Today was a rest/travel day. My boyfriend just bought his first house and I'm so beyond excited for him, so today my flight leaves bright and early at 8 am (I know, what was I thinking booking this time?!?! - oh was probably way cheaper) and I got to see the house for the first time today. 

Saturday 12/15: My boyfriend was finishing up moving out of his apartment, so while he was doing that I went down to the little gym there and ran 4 miles on the treadmill. I'm not going to lie and say it was easy, because for the first few miles I had to keep giving myself little mental talks to keep myself on that thing, but all in all I'm proud that I got some mileage in and kept my legs moving even though I was really tired from the traveling. 

Sunday 12/16: Unusual but today was a rest day. It was freezing in KC and there was still so much to be done with my bf's move, so I just chilled today. 

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