Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend!! As usual I’m linking up with Tara at Running N Reading for the Weekend/Weekly update! It was another busy week for us. Mini #1 was in baseball camp and Mini #2 was in swim lessons. I spent a lot of time in the car carting the kids around. Swimming lessons resumed and considering how scared Mini #2 was after the pool incident last week, he jumped right back in with no fear.
I’ve always known this was true, but this still made me laugh…
Because of the Mr’s schedule and carting the kids around, all of my runs took place on the treadmill this week. As much as I do love the treadmill I am kind of missing being outside for sure. The breathing aspect of this training is definitely getting a lot easier, although I haven’t really figured it out why it is so important. I’m hoping that will come in time. On another positive note, running alone has forced me to really focus on my form. I finally realize what my coach meant when he said I had a “swing” instead of a “cycle”. We talked at length about this and he told me that I’m not getting my knees high enough and that I needed to get my heels closer to my butt with each step. (Maybe I’ll take a video to show all of you for a future post.) I couldn’t really visualize this over the phone but it made more sense when I was actually running. It’s basically like doing butt kicks with each step. I thought it would be awkward, but it actually really made a difference. I noticed that I wasn’t having as much strain on my lower back as I had been. Hopefully as time goes by this will become second nature.
Tuesday: 30 min run gear 1, 3.5 miles @ 9:15 pace, Iron Strength DVD
Wednesday: 45 min run in Gear 1, 5 miles @ 9:08 pace, core work
Friday: 30 min tempo run, 23 min in Gear 1, 7 min in gear 2, 3.3 miles @ 9:05 pace
Sunday: 75 min run in Gear 1, 8 miles @ 9:15 pace
I was super excited for this “long” run. It was my longest run since my half marathon in May. Although my average pace was decent, this was a terrible run. My body and mind rejected every aspect of this. I had worked Friday night and by the time I got home on Saturday morning I had been up for 29 hours. I went to sleep for 4 hours and was up the rest of the day. I couldn’t fall asleep until midnight on Saturday and of course Mini #2 was up 3 times between the hours of 12 and 5:30 am. I was not rested at all and my hydration was terrible, it usually is the day after a night shift (I really need to do better about that). I literally jumped off the treadmill NINE times in the 75 minutes. I was so glad when it was over, but felt a little defeated. Thinking if I couldn’t handle an 8 mile run, how is the rest of marathon training going to go? I reminded myself that the odds were stacked against me with the lack of sleep and hydration and I’m sticking to it. In the future when I work a night shift before my long run I’m going to have to be really careful.
Total miles: 19.8
Overall I’ll give the week a B-. My shorter runs were good, but I didn’t get as much strength training and and of course the long run. But we’ve got 14 more weeks. Plenty of time to make up for it.
Oh! And I very rarely post on Saturdays because my posts don’t get a lot of views, but I posted a little A to Z survey with some fun questions to get to know me better! Go check it out if you haven’t yet!
And here is the winner of the Run Molly Run jewelry giveaway!
Do you do plyometrics during your strength training?
Would you be interested in seeing a video about the changes I need to do with my form?
Does lack of sleep effect your runs?