At the beginning of last week, I started to dream that I might actually be able to hit my goal for the half marathon this year. After all, I had steadily decreased my finishing time over the last few weeks. I just knew that I had a 2:45 half marathon in me some where and I really wanted it to happen before my full marathon at the end of the month. I really wanted the Wine and Dine Half Marathon to be the confidence booster that I needed going into the final push of my training plan. Unfortunately, that was just not to be.
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – Speed Work
- 4.06 miles, 54:19 minutes, 13:24 min/mile avg. pace, 141 BPM HR
Thursday – Rest
Friday – Walking around Walt Disney World
Saturday – Wine and Dine Half Marathon
- 13.11 miles, 3:06:42 (total time), 14:14 min/mile avg. pace, 158 BPM HR
Sunday – Walking around Walt Disney World
My hope was to be able to go to the gym on Monday evening after work to do some cross training and lift some weights. I have REALLY been neglecting those two aspects of my training for the last few months. I know that my goals have sifted towards running but I was really hoping to maintain some level of overall fitness. Unfortunately, I was just not feeling it at all. I was still tired and my body was sore from the Shipyard Half Marathon. On Tuesday, I ended up staying late at work trying to get ahead on all of the things that I needed to finish up before the end of the week. When I got home, I just wasn’t in the mood to go for a run even though I had a 5 mile speed work run on my training plan.
Since I skipped my Tuesday run, I decided to make it up on Wednesday. My legs were finally starting to feel better so I decided to at least to 4 miles of speed work. Pete and I met up at the gym after I got off of work and we did our respective workouts. As I was running, I really focused on hitting my recommended paces for speed intervals. If I am going to reach my marathon goal, I need to make sure that I am hitting my paces. After 4 miles, I was done and decided to end my run a little short.
Thursday was similar to Tuesday in that I had way too many things on my To Do list to leave work at a reasonable time to get to the gym. Plus I still needed to pack my bag for the weekend. In the end, I felt that taking an easy week would be more beneficial to my goals in the long run. I resolved that if time permitted I would go for an easy 2 mile shakeout run over the weekend before the race. After work on Friday, I spent the evening with my family at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom. I drank plenty of hot chocolate and ate a few too many snicker doodles. I ended up walking a lot more than I originally expected to on Friday night so I decided to not do a short run on Saturday morning.
On Saturday evening, I ran my fourth Wine and Dine Half Marathon (currently working on the race recap). It was wet and cold and my finishing time was no where near what I wanted it to be. To say that I was disappointed when I crossed the finish line would be a huge understatement. I was proud to have completed my 22nd half marathon but I knew that I had a faster race in me. The weather was just not on my side.
Before heading home on Sunday, I spent some time with my family walking around Epcot. We didn’t really get a chance to hang out after the race so we didn’t get a chance to check out the Food and Wine Festival. My only plan was to take it easy and stretch out my legs. I wanted to avoid any lactic acid build up issues. When I finally got home, I was ready to eat some dinner and pass out. The weekend was fabulous but sooo exhausting.
How did your workouts go last week? Have you ever run a race in the rain?