Unlucky Week #7 of Marathon Training

Welp, you’re gonna have one of them weeks….

Last Monday, I was still recovering from my 15 trail miles the day before so I skipped my scheduled tempo run.

Tuesday, I typically run with my running group but my kids were sick, again, and I had to rush home to pick them up from school. The bummer part is that they have to stay at least 24 hours and the next day was the first day of school/work! My husband stayed home so that I could be there on that ever important first day and when we saw the kids needed more time to recover, he stayed the following day as well. 😦 The poor kids can’t seem to catch a break.

Thursday I needed to run to unload some of the stress and got in a very late 4 miles:

10516658_746462862084684_8741482969828929247_n Friday was a rest day but I don’t recall getting any rest.

I had 10 miles on the agenda for Saturday and I somehow got out of bed at crazy o’clock to get it done. And that’s pretty much all I did. Get it done.

It was the hardest long run so far in my training.

I had to stop and walk multiple times. I just don’t know what it was. The adjusting back to work. The sick kids at home. A case of the bad runs. Or just a combination of all three.

I was not feeling it at all.

But, like I said, I got it done and that made me feel a little better.

10534681_747830638614573_784631177923549431_n I know that we’ll have weeks like these in training. And I knew with going back to work things would get a little harder. I just need to stay positive and focused.

Everything is going to be all right.


Weekly total mileage: 14 miles

How has your running been going? Give me a high since I’ve given you a low.

How do you shake out the negatives?

34 responses

  1. It’s hard to handle hard weeks. I usually try to look back at what I’ve accomplished already and remind myself why I decided to train. If you have another one, maybe do a 5 or 10k to get around some other runners and do a shorter run. Good luck!

  2. Sounds like a good week regardless of everything that happened! You are so good at persevering through the thick and thin! I’m glad you were able to get some good miles in even if they were tough. The tough ones make the good ones that much better so sometimes a case of the negatives is needed. I usually have to shake it off by sweating!!

  3. We all have bad runs. Just remind yourself you’ll have a good one next time (most likely)! I had a really bad one on Saturday due to the heat. Had to stop several times too. So on Sunday I made sure to get up and run again to work it out…and it helped!

  4. I had the same kind of blerghhhhhh run over the weekend and saw a couple of other normally cheerful running bloggers say the same thing. I think we’re all just getting to that point in a training cycle where the wear and tear on our bodies is showing a bit. I just keep telling myself the taper is just a few weeks away lol

    Hope school is going well and you’re loving being back in the classroom!

  5. Boo. Everyone has bad weeks. Hopefully you’ll get an upsurge next week.

    I haven’t run at all yet this week, but I’m headed to the treadmill for some 400s after work today. Should be fun/awful!

  6. It’s going to get better. Promise. I’ve had those weeks before and I find myself asking ‘what just happened? This wasn’t on the plan!’ I think it’s great you still got a few runs in. I’ve run at dark o’clock before too to just pound the stress off from a work day. I hope your kids are doing better. 🙂

  7. You have had SO much transition lately that you definitely need to not beat yourself up over this past week. You are doing great. Once things settle down a little, you’ll be back to your normal kickass self. 🙂

  8. Don’t you hate when it is like GAH THWARTED AGAIN ::shake of the fist:: My high was following a week and a half of lows–a run where I finally felt like my legs were underneath me again. Sometimes, it just takes time.

  9. I always like to think a bad week is always followed by a really good one. So here’s to this one being GREAT! You’re pushing on through and sometimes that’s more important than the distance/pace/number of runs you get in. You were getting great workouts in, they were just of a different type- mental training for future races! Keep up your great work 🙂

  10. We had a bad case of the girls being sick back in June, 4 colds in 5 weeks…it was terrible and yes my running took a back side along with my job. It’s hard working, being a parent, and running. Do what you can and trust all your other training, you’ll get back on track and so will your kids 🙂