Title references a novel, but also how I feel about marathon training over the last month. I have had some great workouts but also have missed a lot of workouts. The book that my training plan is from has a section on best and worst times to train for a marathon. "Starting a New Job" is on the worst time list...and I totally get it. While I had no control over the timing of the new job, I didn't really think it would be that disruptive. This week we also had a mini-vacation to Wisconsin Dells with my family which was very fun!
Unfortunately, this was one of my worst running weeks. I could not get it together people! Read on.
Plan says: Easy 4-5 miles
What I do: First day of my new job, I'm high on life and I get a run in!
Total: 4.01 miles, 7:37/mi
Plan says: 1-2 mile warm up, 3 x 2 mile tempo run with 0.25 mile recovery in between, 1-2 mile cool down
What I do: It was super cold and dark by the time I got around to running and so I headed to the treadmill. My head was pounding from my cold and I gave up on this workout after 1.36 miles.
Total: 1.36 miles
Plan says: Rest or cross-train
What I do: Rest
Total: 0 miles
Plan says: Easy 9 miles
What I do: Rest - still not feeling great, zonked after work days
Total: 0 miles
Plan says: OPTIONAL 3-4 miles
What I do: I had the day off as we were heading to vacation mid-morning. My plan was to get Thursday's 9 miler in before we left. It was 15 degrees outside and windy. I made it a mile and couldn't feel my fingers so I quit. Things Fall Apart people!
Total: 1 mile, 7:36
Plan says: 15 miles, strong 20 minute finish
What I do: After a day at the waterpark, I left my family to try to get some miles in. I ended up with 5.37 miles in 38:57.2 (7:15/mile).
Plan says: Rest
What I do: We arrived back home mid-afternoon. I was so annoyed reflecting back on this running week at how I just gave up on so many workouts that I forced myself to go out on a regroup run without a watch. My attempt at a reset.
Total miles: 4.6 (calculated after the fact with gmap-pedometer)
Week 13 Total Mileage: 16.35 miles
Completed 1 of the 4 mandatory workouts.