After the race, was slightly discouraged but determined to get right back out there. I resumed my regular scheduled runs after a few days off for recovery, and came back with an easy 3 miles in the sideways pouring rain. Always a fun time running in the NW.Anyways, after some more research and constant reading up on running blogs, Runner's World and talking with others, I decided to add some cross training and strength training into the mix. I incorporated a couple days of Jillian Michael's videos with the running, always doing at least a long run on Saturday of 10 miles+. One Saturday I even made it to 14 miles, and all without dying! As you can see, not dying is a major goal around here. Also, I discovered the benefits of GU and water during the long runs. This was clearly one of my biggest training mistakes the first time around, as I hit that wall hard during the half.
Despite the kids' busy summer and the ever climbing temps, I was able to keep pretty steady in my weekly running, getting in about 20 miles a week with some XT peppered in between. However, towards the end of Aug, the temperatures climbed into the 80's on the afternoons - too hot! - and I decided to scale back on the outdoor runs, and instead focus on the XT and a little treadmill action. However, I think I was burning myself out, because despite having enthusiastically signeed up for the Seattle Marathon 10K (last week), I went into the run feeling more like a training run, less like a race, and that mentality was reflected in the time and effort I put forth that day - 56 min, 9:03 min pace. Definitely not a PR.. Again discouraged, this past week I decided to take a week hiatus from everything. Coincidentally, I had absolutely no opportunity last week to even attempt any sort of exercise, as the kids' schedules and my work schedule basically allowed me to run around the city like a chicken with its head cut off. All of these things added up to a rather stressful and sodium induced fat week. Not my favorite.
So, this brings me to this past Saturday, with a 6 mile run to ease me back in. Let's just say that the run was penance for neglecting my fitness, and subsequently, my diet. I haven't run such slow miles for that distance in a very long time. It wasn't necessarily the slow pace that killed me but the effort to just maintain staying upright and moving forward felt very, very difficult. It was definitely a slog to get through but I'm glad I forced myself to finish without walking, or stopping all together.
Here is my garmin of shame for Saturday's run. UGH
By the way, did you know running makes one super attractive?:
Yeah, I didn't either.
But anyways, I digress. I was so relieved when the run was over. I'm now ready to start again after a brief but impactful recharge
It is amazing how important running and exercise has become in my life.
So there you have it. For now, anyways.
Sunday's last minute workout:
Jillian Michael's Yoga Meltdown. 35 minutes.
Yoga in my bedroom = free hot yoga studio.