I was really tempted to not write this post since last week’s training was pretty much nonexistent.
BUT I think it’s really important as a blogger to keep it real and share both the highs and lows that come with training for a half marathon.
I’m frustrated because I was so pumped up to start training after sharing my plan on the blog last week. However, I’m really just struggling balancing my work demands and running.
I’ve always worked full time while training for half marathons and shit even my marathon but it’s always been at a desk job.
I haven’t talked about this much on my blog but back in May (during my running break) I moved into a Field Marketing position at Perfect Bar which requires an insane amount of both physical and mental strength.
My new position at work requires me to work events like the Craft Classic Half Marathon last weekend, do Perfect Bar demos at stores like Whole Foods, open huge Costco roadshows and so much more. My days sometimes start as early as 4:00 am and guess who isn’t just sitting at a desk all day anymore….me. I’m on my feet all day and come 5:00 pm the last thing I want to do is run. In fact the only thing I want to do is sit down on the couch and watch some Southern Charm reruns on Bravo.
Am I using work as an excuse to not run…maybe? I honestly can’t tell if I’m truly physically exhausted from work, frustrated from being so out of shape for running or just in a funk but last week I only ended up running twice. Yep, just a 3 miler and a suuuuper slow 4 miler.
But it’s a new week and I’m taking it as a fresh start.
In fact, I’m so committed to making this week better I dragged my ass to the beach this evening and busted out a 6 mile run. It wasn’t the best run in the world but after a long day of work I’m proud of myself for even trying.
I realize my new work schedule is just going to be my new normal and it’s something I’m going to have to adapt to. I don’t handle change very well so it’s going to be a process for me to reestablish a routine that allows me to balance both work and running but I’m taking it day by day and we’ll see how training for SeaWheeze and beyond goes.
Better late than never…fit in 6 miles right before the sunset.
Week 2 Training Goals
After a terrible week of training I figure Week 2 can only get better.
My only goals for this week are as follows:
- Run 4 times even if they are short and slow runs
- Stretch, foam roll and ice after every single run (short or long) to avoid aggravating my shin splints
Baby steps you guys…
Some of these runs aren’t pretty but hey I’m trying!
Okay so according to my training plan this week will be full of shorter runs leading up to a 7 miler on Sunday.
Here’s what I’m
planning committing to doing this week:
- Monday: 6 easy miles (DONE!!)
- Tuesday: yoga, foam roll, ice & stretch
- Wednesday: 3 easy miles + yoga sculpt
- Thursday: rest, foam roll, ice & stretch
- Friday: 5 miles at 9:15/ mi pace
- Saturday: yoga, foam roll, ice & stretch
- Sunday: 7 miles of trail running
So excited for a fresh week of training!
How do you pick yourself back up after a crappy week of training?
How do you balance work and exercise?
Are you training for any races?