I am halfway through my 16 week training program. To celebrate, I ran a half.
Monday: 4 miles on the 'mill. It felt really hard. Like strugglebus the entire way. At first I thought I wasn't fully recovered from Friturday's long run, but then I start to feel a little funny during the third mile. By the fourth, I thought I was blatantly nauseated, but I finished and went to stretch thinking it was exertion based. Stretching didn't make me felt any better, so I left the gym. Just wasn't my day.
Tuesday: Cross training and weights. Still felt sluggish, but got in time on the bike with my usual strength routine.
Wednesday: Slept very poorly and by the time the alarm went off, I felt like some form of death. My allergies have been giving me a lot of trouble especially at night, and I basically didn't sleep all night and was very congested. Stayed home in bed all day. No workout.
Thursday: My body felt sore from being sick the day before, but I wanted to go for an easy run so I could stretch out really well. 3.5 miles on the treadmill.
Friday: Rest day. I don't know about you, but it was definitely a Friday the 13th kind of day. Given the week I had already had, I decided not to push my luck and opted for no workout.
Saturday: Heros Half Marathon to benefit the Georgia Wounded Heros. I'll post a full recap, but as a teaser, it involves gas masks, a motor speedway, and a helicopter ride. Not my regular race recap!
Since I am halfway through training, it's a good time for a check in.
Injury report: My PF is doing much better. I definitely still have soreness when I don't stretch well, but over all it's improving. I might try a little speed work this week to see how it holds up. Also, I have one super ugly toe. It's the usual one that gets icky. I guess it is just not a team player.
Training update: I sticking to the plan pretty darn well. I think I only have missed 2 or 3 workouts and then a handfull that I have modified in someway. I have not done any speed work because of the foot, but I'm going to try to add it back in.
Brain training: Good. I am feeling confident and happy with my mileage. I try to keep a fairly relaxed mindset about the whole thing and that has really helped. I've had a few moments of seeing my hard work pay off and feeling stronger, and that really helps drive training.
Fueling: Made some head way. Still don't have a go to item for super long days, but I have got the hydration thing down. Yeah heat training!
Other: I am at the point in the training cycle where not all my pants are fitting so well because my quads have gotten a little stronger. A few might have to be retired until after the marathon. Small price to pay.
How was your week? Any big races coming up?