It’s been awhile since I’ve given you a 13.1 training update for the Madison Mini on Aug 17th. Five and a half weeks ago I started my 8 week advanced training plan for the race and so far its going pretty well. I have only missed one shorter weekly run and had to cut one long weekend run in half. Both of these runs were last week. Before heading to Denver I was feeling very tired and I had to listen to my body. Last Thursday I actually got dressed and headed out for my tempo run when about a third of a mile in after my watch loosing signal three times I called it quits and walked home. I was just too mentally and physically exhausted and figured maybe my watch problems were a sign.
Have you ever actually gotten started on a run only to turn around and head home?
Luckily I wasn’t to hard on myself for it. I have been pretty busy and I needed the night off. As for the long run on Sunday when I was in Denver, I simply did not have enough time. Instead I went on an easy 4 mile run and enjoyed a fresh change of scene. Sometimes you just need a new running route to put a pep in your running step.
This is probably the closest I’ve ever followed a training program for a race. I think the key to that is not having an overly aggressive schedule to start with. Some days I have to get up early and do the runs before work. To do that I need at least one workout a week that seems manageable to get done at 5:30 AM. Another lesson I’ve learned is to throw in workouts you enjoy that aren’t running. I’ve been enjoying Moksha Yoga on a weekly basis, it’s such a nice change up. Plus its more stretching than I usually do.
Anyways that’s my spiel, here are some pics from my run last night along the west side highway.
Are you training for any races this summer? What do you do when you miss a workout?
My other post on half marathon training: