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Week 10 of my Run Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Training is complete! Check out the lessons I learned this week and how I’m moving forward.
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The challenges that were part of week 9 (and the beginning of week 10) humbled me, but also helped give me the extra oomph I needed to face this week head on. With only seven weeks until race day and life getting busier, I feel like the pressure is on.
If you read last week’s update, you know that I was busy and also sick! Those two things combined create a recipe for disaster. Throw in a scheduled 11 mile run and I feel like I’m setting myself up for failure. After taking some unplanned rest days from working out, I jumped back on the train with a traditional leg day and pushed my long run from Saturday to Sunday. I was sore on Saturday, but nothing unbearable, but when I woke up on Sunday, the DOMS hit me like a ton of bricks. My quads, hamstrings, and inner thighs were so sore. I thought moving might help, but I got just over 5.5 miles and felt like a walking bowl of jello with every step. I took lots of walk breaks and averaged about an 11:05 pace — much slower than what my pace has been lately. I couldn’t bear another hour on the road and I didn’t want to hurt myself, so I called it. What hurt the most was my pride.
Labor Day! I worked on getting my mojo back with an upper body pump and some yoga. It worked! I felt a lot better than I did on Sunday and my legs were feeling great too. BLAST! If only I had waited just one more day to attempt that long run.
AM: Back to the grind! My 4:15 alarm went off for the first time in six days and getting up wasn’t as difficult as I’d anticipated. I got in a quick full body kettlebell workout (this one!). Four rounds took me about 30 minutes, which left just enough time to get in a good stretch before starting breakfast.
PM: I was able to leave school at a relatively reasonable time, so I had a great opportunity to get my run in. It was great and I didn’t even mind the 14 mph wind! I still feel down on myself when I see my pace some days…but then I remember how HARD it is to run fast in the heat and that cooler temps are coming. Eventually.😜
Wednesday was another traditional leg day, but I went lighter than I did last week and cut some reps off. I don’t need a repeat of Sunday’s long run fiasco.
AM: “Pull” day, aka back and biceps, with some abs worked in. It was a great workout!
PM: After school I had a run planned and as I was getting dressed, I thought Pippa might want to join me. I asked her if she wanted to go with me and she got so excited! It had been a while since I’d taken her out, so she started off a little too fast and was pretty winded on the second half of the run. But she still loved it and recovered in time to be so excited (as she always is!) by the time my husband got home.
Saturday was an 11 mile long run and it was great! I could tell early on that it was going to be a good run. It wasn’t easy, but it was good. With the exception of my few walk/water/fuel breaks, my paces were pretty consistent and I was proud of myself. I have speed work this coming week and another long run next Saturday, so the miles are really ramping up with only seven weeks to go until the race!
Week 9 Miles: 12.9 Miles
Week 10 Miles: 18.55 Miles
Total Miles: 133.7 Miles
On the blog this week, look for my #RunDisneyShorts Review, a few great tips on balancing fitness and fun, and a home workout you can do in your pajamas!
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