13.1 Training Update

Not So Perfect Life

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.

Not So Perfect Life

Not So Perfect Life

Are you training for any races this summer? What do you do when you miss a workout?

My other post on half marathon training:

Treadmill Speedwork

What not to do…

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Pseudo athlete and vegan, learning to love all the imperfections in life. Follow me in my journey, training for races (a half marathon in all 50 states to be exact) and my adventures in the kitchen!
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9 Responses to 13.1 Training Update

  1. I get antsy when I miss a workout! I try to make up for it by taking walks throughout the work day, but it’s just not the same!

  2. I try not to get down on myself when I miss a workout, but it does bug me a bit sometimes, especially if it’s a long run. I missed a 14 miler this month, but I actually think I ended up being better for missing it. When I do miss a workout, I just continue on with my plan and move forward. I’ve also gone out for a run and decided to quit after running a mile. I figure I run for fun so if my heart isn’t in it that day, it’s ok to skip it until I’m mentally back on track. Great job with your training! :)
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    • rebacox says:

      I agree with you. Sometimes it much better for you to miss a run and if my heart isn’t in it I don’t run because running is my escape NOT my punishment!

  3. If I miss a workout day, I call that my rest day and do the workout I was supposed to do on my scheduled rest day. So I don’t follow the training exactly, but it all works out!
    You know that I’m training for a race this summer too. 😉 Good luck with yours! Keep us updated on your progress! :)
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  4. I just stared an 8 week half training program and am going to try REALLY hard to stick to it as best as I can. With that being said, I know some times bad runs happen and sometimes no runs happen. And it’s definitely easier said than done to *not* let it get to you, but ultimately…one missed run won’t hurt you!
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  5. Hyedi says:

    Great job following your training plan so closely! Pretty photos :)

  6. I have definitley had runs like that before! It can be frustrating but that just makes your next run THAT much better! Sometimes when I hop on the treadmill I hop right off and am like ‘really sarah? you’re not in the mood don’t even kid yourself’ and I’ll find another way to get my workout in, a way that actually excites me and puts my mind to work. Also, just looked at your previous Denver post and I am dyyyying over here. AH love Colorado :)
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