Oh my goodness. It is ONE WEEK until race day! That’s right, the countdown is here – next weekend, I’ll be spending my Saturday and Sunday running the Cleveland Marathon Challenge Series.
I can’t believe how fast the training cycle went – it seems like only yesterday I was starting out with my long runs of 6-7 miles. But here we are, last week I ran 11 miles and I’m hopefully ready to pound out 13 miles on the pavement.
This week was a little different with training. I was out of my routine, because I was traveling for work. This was my first work trip in three years and it meant a few early mornings, long days, and some uncomfortable shoes. But. I was still able to get in some runs most days. I didn’t follow my typical training plan, but I wasn’t beating myself up too much – at this point, I’m not sure how much of a difference it makes in my performance next week.
Here’s how the week looked:
Sunday – 5.5 mile run, 4 mile walk Mother’s Day! For the day, I asked for a solo run, and walk with the family. And I got in both, since we were gifted with great weather. I got in a 5.5 mile run and 4 mile walk – this was one of the longest walks my kids have taken without really complaining, and it was a great gift.
Monday – 4.2 mile run
Tuesday – 4.27 mile run early before my flight to Orlando for work. Here is a look at my office for the week:
Wednesday – 4.2 treadmill miles at the hotel gym
I had time for about 45 minutes on this course, that I did in honor of my brother who lives in Germany
Thursday – no running; the hotel gym opened up at 5 a.m. and I had to be up at 5 a.m. to work on a morning event (well, I had to pump first, and then work, so the timing didn’t work). I somehow still managed about 9,000 steps just walking around the conference center and airport, though!
Unrelated note – this is a PSA for the Orlando airport being very pumping-mom friendly. I was in Gate A, and there were TWO places I pumped! One was an actual pumping room, with a chair and sink, the other was my beloved Mamava.
Friday – 8 miles outside. I was tired, and it was too warm. I went out about 3.5 hours after waking up, without water or eating breakfast, and realized that was a mistake. I had planned to try to fit in a “long” run, and 8 was all I could do. Hopefully this doesn’t mean anything for next week’s race!
Saturday – 3.84 miles outside. I don’t like setting my alarm on weekends, but I knew I’d feel better about the day if I got in a little run before FW’s track meet, so I got up and ran a few miles while it was just getting light.
Total: 30.11 miles
Some questions for you:
– Do you taper before a half marathon?
– When was the last time you traveled for work?