Welcome to another edition of Manic Monday, where I recap the previous week, and lay out a plan for the upcoming week.
Monday (Scheduled Rest Day)
I rested in the sense that I didn’t go to the gym, but it wasn’t a restful day. Work is still really busy, and then after work I ran all over town trying to find wedding shoes. In the end, I just decided to order them online. I’ll be sporting these babies under my wedding dress 🙂 Cute, comfy, and warm-ish for my late November wedding.
Tuesday (Scheduled 40 Minute Tempo Run)
I knew when I was typing this schedule out last week that this was a bit of a stretch, but I put it out there anyway to try and stay on top of my training. But by the time my haircut was over, it was too late to get to the gym, do my 40 minutes at tempo, and get home at a reasonable hour, so I just headed home. I did, however, do 30 squats and some arm stuff, so it wasn’t a total rest day.
Wednesday (Scheduled Bike and Elliptical)
I decided to make up Tuesday’s tempo run on the treadmill. I used Energy Bits for the first time (ordered some samples from Cape Cod Runner Stacey), but I think it’s too soon to say if they helped or not. The run ended up not really being super tempo-y. I ran for 40 minutes at a 10 min/mile average pace, which is technically faster than race pace, but it felt pretty comfortable the whole time.
Thursday (Scheduled 5 Mile Easy Run)
I was responsible for cooking dinner, so I ended up just going to the grocery store and going home. I intended to do a few strength/balance exercises for my legs, but video games won out.
Friday (Scheduled Rest Day)
I guess I could have made up my 5 miles today, but instead I went downtown to find a strapless bra to wear under my wedding dress. This cost an arm and a leg, which was super annoying (remember when I talked about how frustrating bra shopping is?), so I just went home after. Ben’s folks invited some friends over, and we had a nice shindig.
Saturday (Scheduled Virtual 10k Race)
After our shindig on Friday night, sleep carried the morning. We slept in, ate a big breakfast, and proceeded to be productive. I did laundry and cleaned our room while Ben did homework. On Saturday night, we went over to the Johnsons’ house for dinner and had some more libations.
Sunday (Scheduled Rest Day)
I decided not to pay the $25 fee for the virtual race I was considering because with our wedding and the holidays rapidly approaching, I need to start cutting back on some unnecessary expenses. That being said, I decided to treat the run like a race. I fueled up and geared up as if I were actually going to be running with others in a race setting. I pushed it pretty hard and ended up with an unofficial 10k PR of 58:31, which is two and a half minutes faster than my last virtual 10k, so I felt pretty awesome about that.
I just realized I’m about 3 weeks out from the Half Marathon–yikes! With wedding stuff ramping up, I’ve got a lot more appointments and obligations during the week that are starting to take away from my training schedule. I’m hoping that I can stick with it as much as possible, but I’m starting to get a wee bit nervous…
- Monday: Bike, Elliptical and Legs
- Tuesday: Dress fitting! (Rest)
- Wednesday: 7 x 400
- Thursday: 5 miles easy<–I have a wedding makeup trial at 5 pm so I’m not sure this will happen…
- Friday: Rest/ladies’ night
- Saturday: 10 miles
- Sunday: Rest/Yoga
Do you use Energy Bits?
How do you stay on top of training when life gets busy?