This was technically my second week of the taper, but it was the first week that felt like a lot less. I ran 5 days instead of 6, with just 1 workout. My long run was only 10 miles. And next week will be even less, until the weekend that is! It was another week of ups and down. I feel like every week I am questioning if this race will happen. I won’t know for sure until I’m there doing it. Let’s take a look at this week’s workouts.
Monday: 5.1 Miles Easy With Strides
It was nice to start out the week with just an easy run. However, my legs were tired! I think I was still feeling the effects of Saturday’s hard 16 miles. The weather was great though!
Tuesday: Strength Training
No running, just lifting. And lifting was light. It almost felt like an extra rest day!
Wednesday: 8 Miles with 6 at MGP
This was my last workout before the race. Of course it was 70 degrees with 97% humidity! After two days of nice weather I wasn’t excepting this. I struggled with my pacing again but got it done. I’m so over the humidity!
Thursday: Strength Training + 3 Easy Treadmill Miles
We had heavy rain and storms so it was a good day for an indoor workout. After an easy lift, I ran 3 miles on the treadmill. My power flickered a little and I was worried my treadmill would stop! But I made it through the run without any issues.
Then after an awful commute to daycare drop-off and work in the rain, I got a call an hour later than Grayson was being sent home sick. He had never really stopped coughing since being sick the week after Labor Day (so a little over 2 weeks) and I had actually called the doctor to see if I should bring him in. But his school felt like his cough was worse so he had to go home for at least 24 hours and needed a COVID test or Drs. note to return. Which meant I would be home with him again on Friday too.
Friday: Rest Day (Walk)
The weather was beautiful so we went out for a morning walk. Once again Grayson had plenty of energy for someone who is supposed to be sick. And I swear when he coughs, he aims it right into my mouth. Thanks, buddy.
Saturday: 10 Miles
I was expecting this run to feel great, but it didn’t. I haven’t really been able to figure out why. The weather was great, my legs were pretty well rested, but they just didn’t want to move. I am really just hoping I got this bad run out of the way and race day will be better!
The good news was that we got Grayson’s negative Covid test back. We had been planning to see my family, including my sister’s family who was visiting from Texas who we haven’t see since January 2020. It was close timing with getting the test back at around noon on Saturday!
Sunday: Planning for 3.6 Miles
For the past few weeks I’ve added a little extra mileage onto our Sunday runs, but this week I’ll just do our 3.6 mile loop and keep it as easy as possible. Then next week is all short, easy runs!
I really can’t believe this training cycle is almost over. I finally got my first race E-mail this week. It started with “We have some changes to announce” so of course I thought they were going virtual or something. It was the same day MCM cancelled. But the only changes I noticed was wearing masks at the start and finish. Whew!
For some reason I can’t shake the feeling that something is going to get in the way of this race happening (either for the entire race or for me personally.) At this point it seems like it will happen, so I’m trying to wrap my head around actually doing this thing!
You can find my other weeks of training here:
The Return of the Heat (Training Week 14)
Surviving the Peak Week (Training Week 13)
Welcoming September (Training Week 12)
Embracing the Treadmill (Training Week 11)
Trying to Outrun the Rain (Training Week 10)
Back to Reality (Training Week 9)
Staycation 2021 (Training Week 8)
Closing Out July (Training Week 7)
Lower Mileage and Lower Temps (Training Week 6)
Runstock 2021 (Training Week 5)
Focus on Effort (Training Week 4)
Making Adjustments for Heat (Training Week 3)
Training for a Fall Race: Start Where You Are (Training Weeks 1 and 2)
How were your workouts last week?
Do you like to got for walks on rest days?
Ever lost power while running on a treadmill?