Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great week! It was a big week of change for us! As you saw earlier, it was the first day of Kindergarten for Mini Cupcake #1!
So exciting for him and me! But let me tell you…the adjustment for all of us has been a bit tenuous. He is NOT used to such a long day and has been coming home completely exhausted. I’m talking tantrums and whining that I have never seen before. And to add to that, Mini Cupcake #2 hasn’t been adjusting well either. Kindergarten pickup time is smack dab in the MIDDLE of his nap time. So he’s having to stay awake 2 hours later and not go down for a nap until 3pm. He goes down from 3-4:30 at which point I have to wake him…. What ever happened to “NEVER WAKE A SLEEPING CHILD” He is 2 1/2 and definitely NOT ready to give up his nap. So just picture 2 SCREAMING kids from 3pm on until bedtime. My 5 year old is usually so even keeled, it’s surprising to see him like this.
Let me tell you, it’s not pretty. I’m hoping that by the end of this week we will be adjusted to the longer days!
My week of training hasn’t been stellar either. Not sure why! Still coming off of our 2 weeks in NH maybe? I mean it’s done, but that’s the best I can say about it.
Monday— tempo run 1 easy 5 hard 1 easy and PiYo Lower body
splits: 9:00, 8:27, 8:17, 8:17, 8:15, 8:18, 9:05
Despite the decent splits, this was a really tough workout for me. It was super hot in the gym which didn’t help, but I’m pretty sure my nutrition, which hasn’t been stellar due to our vacation, wasn’t helping either. Probably a little dehydrated as well.
Tuesday— Yoga and PiYo Upper body
Thursday— speed work
I woke up at 4:40 am and felt really queasy for some reason, I wasn’t even sure if I would be able to run. I got up and dressed and headed out to the track to meet my MRTT ladies. Seriously, I wouldn’t have gone if they weren’t going to be there. Anyway, I started with my usual 1 mile warm up and felt ok. The workout I was scheduled to do was 2 x 1200 and 4 x 800. Yea, that didn’t happen. I got the first 1200 done, but cut the second into an 800, and then only finished 3 other 800’s, so I was a bit short. My tummy was just not feeling well for some reason. Paces were fairly decent, although I haven’t figured out how to get my garmin to track a 200m lap so I don’t know what my exact paces were which was a bit frustrating. My overall pace was 8:38, but that included my rest intervals too. Overall, it’s ok. Not the best, but I’ll take it! And holy color coordination batman….look at that…not bad!
Friday–Piyo upper body and He and She Eat Clean Run Builder arms day! I’m really loving PiYo. It’s such a great switch for me to slow things down and it keeps me wanting to come back for more! I have been doing the Run Builder plan sporadically until I come back from vacation with my hubby in a few weeks. Once I’m doing it consistently I’ll tell you more about what I think of it!
This is what happens when you skip the gym with FREE childcare and do a workout at home….
Saturday— Long run! 16 miles on tap!
This run turned out to be a disappointing run. I think I was a little off from the beginning. We decided to start a little bit later than usual (try 2 hours later) because the weather was calling for 90% chance of rain. While I actually like running in rain, I don’t like running in a steady pouring rain for 2 hours or more. The chances of rain went down after 6 am, so we headed out late. I’m not sure if that was the problem or not, but sounds like a good excuse to me We were supposed to hit a 9:17 pace for the entire run, but that didn’t happen at all with the exception of a few faster miles at the very beginning.
At Mile 13 I looked at my friend and said, “go on ahead without me, I’m done, I just want to stop”. She was very encouraging and reassured me that I could still go on, but I still insisted she go ahead without me because she was still looking strong. Mile 14….HIT THE WALL, mentally and physically. Physically I’m wondering if I should have fueled a little extra. I fueled with a honey stinger gel at miles 5 and 10 and I’m thinking that may have not been enough? I felt like I could barely lift my legs from a shuffle.
This expression shows the pure misery I was experiencing. I was questioning whether I even wanted to go forth with my training. Do I really want to do this again? At that point, I was ready to transfer my registration. Yes, I know, we all have bad runs, but for some reason this one was a doozy for me mentally. It’s crazy to have such a great 15 mile run a few weeks ago to this. And the bad parts of the run totally overshadow all of the good parts. I had a decent 10 miles (despite not hitting my pace, but I’m chalking that up to the humidity), but those last horrible miles really stick with you.
Next weekend’s run is a bump back week for me, ONLY 10 miles. Whoo hoo! Who ever thought I would ever say ONLY 10 miles. Not me!
Sunday–complete rest day!!
I’m really hoping for a better week this week. We’ll see what happens.
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Anyone get really down on themselves when they have a bad training week?
Are you able to workout at home with the kids around or do you need to hit the gym?
Somebody tell me a GOOD training run story for the week!