Marathon Training Week 9 Recap/My halfway there thoughts

First, I have to say that I was cracking up with the comments from last week’s training recap post!! Looks like a lot of us have had some crappy moments during a run (sorry, couldn’t help myself!)

This last week was a tough one scheduling wise. Going back to work has made it that much tougher making time for runs.

On Monday, I ran a 5 miler around my neighborhood. It was kinda cool to run the city streets as I usually run along a canal to avoid traffic and stop lights. But I kinda wanted a change and took it to the pavement instead. I felt it was a good break in what had became a somewhat monotonous routine.


On Tuesdays I usually run with my run club but it was open house at work and I stayed late. Like until 8 late :/ I never went home when school ended at 2:30 because it’s a 45 minute drive home and considering I’d have to be back before 6, I figured I’d just stay and get work done. It was a loooong day.

Wednesdays are track days but my husband was out of town. He got home well after I’d put the kids to bed so I opted for some ab videos at home. I felt better having done something πŸ™‚

Thursday according to Run Less, Run Faster is a cross training day but if I’m being honest with you, following the plan has pretty much gone out the window. I took it to the streets for a 6 miler.


You gotta tilt your head to the side for this one!

Friday was my typical rest day. Much needed.

Saturday I had 14 on the plan and my alarm was set. Then around 2 in the morning, my other alarm clock daughter woke up with what seemed like a nightmare 😦 She insisted on sleeping with us and by the time she went down, my 4 o’clock wake up call had passed….no long run…

I figured no problem, I’ll make it up on Sunday. I have another alarm clock, my one year old son, who decided he wanted to partake in mid night alarm drills. My husband tried his best to console him and get back to sleep. He was successful but it took him a while. Exhausted, I decided to skip the morning run.

Close to evening though, I really started to get running anxiety. You know, when you’ve missed a run and want really badly to at least get something in? My husband told me to do what I could with an hour so out the door I went. I gave myself an extra 10 mintues so that I could get 7. Seven miles would make me feel like I accomplished a decent long run–half of what I was supposed to do.


This run needed a XX after.

And that was my week! It’s been crazy trying to fit it all together. Working, running, blogging, mommying, wifeing–all of it is tough work! At the mid way point, I don’t feel like I’m where I’d like to be but I also don’t think I’m too far off that place (I’m not even sure what that is lol!)

Total mileage for week: 18 miles

How was your running week last week?
Anyone race this weekend? How’d it go??

37 responses

  1. Is it bad that I was happy to see that your weather is still really stinkin hot too? Every day last week the feels like temps here were over 100* and 60% humidity. I felt like I was walking into an oven each time I opened the door!

    Glad you were able to get seven in the other day! πŸ™‚

    • I think mini-goals work best. It could be running a certian amount of days or miles or even working out a certain number of times. And really giving yourself credit for doing something—it’s always better than nothing.

  2. It’s so hard balance parenting, running, work and being a wife. I usually run at night and was dreading both runs this weekend but managed 5k and 13k on the treadmill – I CAN’T wait to run outside this week πŸ™‚

    • Go you!! Sometimes I wish I had a treadmill. I feel like I’d have less anxiety about running because I’d have that availability? Or maybe It’d make me more anxious, i dont’ know lol!
      hope you get a run in outside this week!!!

  3. oh my gosh 99 degrees!! i get runners anxiety as well – esp when my schedule does not go according to plan (like this week im trying to figure out when do run my 12 miles eeeks)

  4. Halfway already – where has the time gone? This coming from a girl who’s not even training for anything right now, but merely following along with your posts, lol
    Stinks that your first week back to work didn’t have great runs, but I’m sure you’ll figure out the best routine to fit in the miles on schedule in no time πŸ™‚

  5. I hate runner’s anxiety! I had it the week before last. Awful. That shit is REAL. Sometimes you’ve gotta just roll with it. Crummy runs have a place. They make the good ones even greater. Last week was good- I’m running along right! On chronically tired legs. 50K here I come–ready or not! πŸ™‚

  6. You know what, sometimes you have to do what you have to do to survive and running takes the back seat. It seems like my boys are ALWAYS up several times the night before a long run, it’s like the know. And so frustrating! You are still doing a great job! I got my first 20 miler in this weekend! IT went well except I’ve got some sore of achilles flare up going on right now, so I’m forced to rest from running for the rest of the week. Not happy about that!

  7. I just have to tell you…I think you are fitting all this stuff in to your crazy new schedule like a champ. I wasn’t a runner yet when I went back to work and life was still insane. It is amazing how you are juggling your job, marathon training, those two sweet kiddos and often time with Ben out of town as well. You are a serious inspiration to moms everywhere!!

  8. Whew I don’t know how you do it! You are super mom for sure. Last week I ran one short run and one long one, that’s it. My long run I cut short too so it was not a very sucessful running week. This week is turning out to be the same. I think I need a vacation from myself.

  9. You are doing a great job–I don’t think there is a person out there who has complete “balance”. Life happens! Embrace it!
    Soon the school routine, will be more routine!

  10. That’s a bummer. I know how hard it is to keep up with training with everything else going on. Kindergarten starting this week really was an eye opener! So I can get my runs in I have to get up an hour earlier than I had been! Way to mix up your routine though! That is so important. I was getting burnt out on track work and so I did hill repeats instead last week. Today I was refreshed for the track!

  11. I have that running anxiety right now! I was supposed to do 9 miles at the beginning of this week but life got in the way – I spent all day doing job interviews in Anchorage on Monday and then I drove back there on Tuesday with my husband because we both had more job interviews scheduled and I was so tired and emotionally drained after we got home (at 10:00 pm) that I couldn’t force myself to run. Today it’s freezing and pouring so 9 miles probably won’t happen. But I’m so anxious to get at least a few miles done so that I don’t feel like a lazy blob! I’m hoping the rain lets up so I can be a bit less cold and wet once I make it out there! This is why I hate training plans FYI – I feel so anxious and upset when I have to miss a run!

  12. I’m impressed that you’ve been able to keep up with running so well with all the other stuff going on! Maybe it’s not always exactly to plan, but following a plan exactly can be overrated! It’s good to be flexible. πŸ™‚