Does it feel weird to anyone else to be writing about our week of workouts when there is so much going on right now? However, I think it’s important that we do what we can to keep up with some parts of our normal routines since so many other parts of our lives are probably far from “normal” right now. I know some are impacted by the Coronavirus more than others, and I feel grateful that I can keep on with my training, at least for now. Let’s talk about Frederick Half-Marathon Training Week 5.
My race is on May 3rd. As of right now, there are no plans to cancel or postpone the race. I know that can change but I am not sure when I would know. It’s so hard for everyone who has put in training for their races to have them cancelled or postponed. It’s not like you can really just sign up for one in a month, because we don’t know if things will be better at that time.
For now I will continue on with my half-marathon training, knowing that I may not be racing a half this spring. I would consider a virtual race or just running 13 miles hard on my own to test my fitness. After May I’m sure I will need a break from training and will want to start considering what I might do in the fall. There are a lot of unknowns, but at least I can run!
Monday: Strength Training
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: 6.2 miles with 2 x 15 minutes at tempo pace + Core Work
Thursday: 3 Easy Miles + Yoga
Friday: Spinning + Strength Training
Saturday: 10 miles with last 2 hard
Sunday: 4 miles + Glute and Hip Exercises
It was another week of all outdoor runs. It definitely feels good to be outside especially as the weather is getting more mild. I do wish there was more daylight in the mornings though! We have also been able to get out for walks later in the day too. Grayson has not been liking the stroller these days, so we’ve stuck to shorter walks rather than runs.
This week instead of speedwork I did a a tempo run. I’ve been progressing my training from shorter intervals to longer ones, and now I’m getting into running longer intervals closer to race pace. I did this 2 x 15 minute workout over the summer when I was training for the Charles St. 12, and I remember it being very intimidating at the time. I was still a little nervous for how it would feel, but my paces were significantly faster. It felt challenging but manageable.
I did my long run on Saturday and it was a rough day overall. It was a couple days after all the Coronavirus news had been really getting out (finding out schools would be closed, races cancelled, etc) plus Grayson has been teething pretty bad and woke up at 4:20am. I heard him while I was downstairs pumping before my run. I thought Rob went in and got him to go back to sleep because I didn’t hear anymore crying. Turned out he ended up sitting in there with him until it was time to get up because he would not go back to sleep.
When I got back from my run at 6:40 I had a cranky toddler (and a tired husband) to help out with. I took over mom duties while Rob went out to about 5 stores to get supplies. (We were literally completely out of paper towels for probably the first time ever!) Finally Grayson took a 1.5 hour nap and everyone was feeling a little better after that. I did some foam rolling later on and we got outside for walk.
I actually did a 23 minute yoga video this week, which felt really good! I thought I would share the link since sometimes people ask what videos I use. This is called Yoga for Runners: Injury Prevention. I used to use this video all the time a few years ago, and I forgot about it for awhile. It hits all the right spots and is a good length if you don’t want anything too long.
So that’s about it for my week of workouts! I will be working remotely this week, so I’m not sure if I will rearrange my workout schedule. Usually I avoid doing anything that will take too long on Mondays and Tuesdays because those are the days I go into the office and need to be showered and somewhat ready by 6. I’ll have to see how I feel because this was a pretty hard weekend of workouts and I want to make sure I am recovered well!
Run Happy Team
And in case you missed it on Instagram, I found out that I was accepted as a Brook’s ambassador on the Run Happy Team! It was nice to have some good news amid everything else going on this week.
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How were your workouts last week?
Have you had a race cancelled?
Do you need to make adjustments to your schedule due to the Coronavirus?