It was a challenging week of training for various reasons! The week started out pretty well, but went downhill pretty quickly. It was also pretty warm and humid most of the week, especially on my hard workout day. I just kept reminding myself to focus on effort. Overall, it turned out to be a pretty good week of training but I will need to continue monitoring how I am feeling and make adjustments as needed.
Weekly Run Down: Focus on Effort
Monday: Strength Training + 4.3 Miles
We were off from work for the 4th of July so went to the park for a run and playground time. We made it about 2.5 miles before Rob stopped with Grayson to play and I kept going. It’s always nice to run there on the path, and much easier without the stroller (since there are so many walkers and dogs). I also got my strength training done early in the morning.
Tuesday: 5.3 Miles Easy with Strides + Core
Since I was a little sore from lifting the day before I kept my run easy and did strides at the end. It was tough getting going after a long weekend!
Wednesday: 6.25 Miles with 2 x 10 mins Threshold (Focus on Effort!)
Workout day! It was a hot one and of course humid. I knew it would be challenging to run hard in the warm weather so I knew I would need to just focus on effort. My workout was supposed to be 1.5 mile warm up, 2 x 10 mins at threshold with 3 minute recovery in between, and a 1.5 mile cool down. My goal pace should have been around 7:25-7:35 but I decided to not look at my watch and hoped to keep it under 8 min/miles. They ended up being 7:37 and 7:43, which I was happy with.
Thursday: Strength Training + 3.6 Miles Easy
First I lifted and then I did a short easy run. Super hot once again but it was nice to just run really easy!
Friday: Rest Day
I was definitely ready for a rest day by the time Friday rolled around!
Saturday: 13.1 Miles
So a little background about this run. Grayson had come down with a cold earlier in the week. On Friday afternoon I coughed a few times and hoped I wasn’t getting sick. When I woke up on Saturday I felt fine, so moved forward with my run. It felt ok, not amazing, but no red flags. But when I finished I started coughing alot. I guess I did catch what he had. Luckily I feel good other than the cough, so I just hope that goes away quickly.
When I looked at my watch data it did show that I was running at a much harder effort than usual for that pace. I’ve also been VERY stressed this week, and not sleeping as much as I should. I go to bed as early as I can, but after Grayson goes to bed at 7:30 I’ve been doing work and going to bed by 9 at the latest. But I’m up at 4. It’s hard to pull off more than 7 hours these days.
Anyway, the point of all that is hindsight is everything and now I can see that it was probably all a bit much at once.
Sunday: 3.7 Stroller Miles (planned)
Usually we do a family run on Sunday mornings but I’m going to see how I’m feeling. If we do run I am going to request that we keep the pace VERY easy.
Another Stressful Week
So you may remember that 2 weeks ago I shared the drama of Grayson needing a COVID test which got lost so he needed another one. Well, he barely recovered from being sick then when his cough picked back up again. I wasn’t sure if it was the same one or a new one, but it started to get worse.
He had to miss school on Wednesday and get another test. This is test #5 since April in case you’re keeping track. Of course it was negative and luckily he could return to school Thursday. But he is still coughing really badly. This poor kid has been sick more than he’s been healthy these past few months.
So with all that going on, I have just been falling so behind at work. Summer is usually my busiest time and I have these all day trainings I do which I need to prep for and they take up my whole work day. So I’ve been working at night but also trying to get to bed at a decent time. It’s exhausting! The good news is I took off next Thursday and Friday. Now my goal is to get as much work as possible done before then so I don’t have to worry about it when I’m off!
Do you focus on effort more than pace when you’re training?
How do you balance getting enough sleep and keeping up with everything you need to get done? -One thing I totally slacked on this week was laundry! I am usually SO good about doing it and putting it away right away but it didn’t get folded from Tuesday to Saturday this week!