Manic Monday – 09/29/14

Welcome to another edition of Manic Monday, where I recap the previous week, and lay out a plan for the upcoming week.

Whew, another week has gone by in a blur.  This was another funky week for me, dealing with work and life, but I feel like I still did pretty well considering what I’ve been up against.

Monday (Make-Up 8 Mile Run)
Work was NUTS on Monday.  I didn’t leave until 45 minutes after the scheduled end of my day.  I was concerned about finishing 8 miles before it got dark, so I headed for the treadmill at the gym.  It was tough.  My gym has 45 minute time limits on cardio equipment, so I spent a lot of time worrying that someone would come kick me off.  Then, apparently the treadmills themselves have a set 60 minute time limit if you just go with “quick start,” so as I was huffing and puffing my way through a fairly speedy mile 5, the treadmill shut off on me, and I had to do some quick math to figure out my time and remaining mileage.  And then to top it all off, my trusty Nike dri-fit shirt chafed the ever-loving hell out of my right underarm.  The good news is, I finished the last 3 miles all at sub-10 minute/mile paces (mostly cause I just wanted to be done!), which means that my sub-2:30 half goal is looking pretty doable.

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Tuesday (Scheduled 6 x 400)
Between exhaustion from work and the underarm chafage, I decided to put off the speed work.  I will say, however, that I ran up and down 5 flights of stairs no less than 5 times at work, so I think it counts as an “active” recovery day.

Wednesday (Scheduled Cross-Training)
I did Tuesday’s 6 x 400s.  I did a half mile warm up and then went for it.  The first three repeats were at a 9:30 pace, the next two were at 9:13, and the final repeat was at 9:05.  I felt pretty strong, but I’m really having difficulty with blisters on the outside of the balls of my feet.  I’ve tried Body Glide, I’ve tried band-aids, I’ve tried lots of different socks… Nothing seems to help.  They just keep getting bigger and deeper.  I have one more thing to try before I get truly frustrated, but it does suck a lot.

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Thursday (Scheduled 5 Miles Easy)
Didn’t happen.  But once again, I ran up and down a million flights of steps through the course of my workday, so I don’t count it as a rest day.

Friday (Scheduled Rest Day)
And by golly, did I rest!  We finally wrapped up this big fundraising campaign I’ve been working on, we smashed our goal, and I drank wine and went to bed at 10 pm to celebrate.

Saturday (Scheduled 9 Miles LSD)
Aaaaand, surprise, it didn’t happen.  I slept in, ate an obscene amount of brunch, and then Ben and I were hugely productive; 2 loads of laundry, cleaned our room, washed the truck, and put air in the Honda tires.  And then we went to happy hour, which turned into happy 5 hours.  We got home shortly after midnight and went straight to bed.

Irish Eggs Benedict: Poached eggs on corned beef hash with hollandaise sauce.  Nom.

Irish Eggs Benedict: Poached eggs on corned beef hash with hollandaise sauce. Nom.

Sunday (Scheduled Rest Day)
I know what you’re thinking.  She totally made up her long run from Saturday.  Yeah, no.  And I don’t think I will make it up today, either.  I’ll wait till next weekend.

I’ve realized that I didn’t really leave any wiggle room with this training cycle, which is starting to be a problem.  I started a 12 week training program with only 12 weeks before the race, which means that I don’t have any options to “make up” missed runs.  However, this training plan does have me getting up to 12 miles, which I don’t really think is necessary, so I’ll probably just push everything back one week and only go up to 11 miles before the race.

This Week:

  • Monday:  Attend Athleta Grand Opening Party (Full recap later this week!)
  • Tuesday:  Hill repeats
  • Wednesday:  Cross-training
  • Thursday:  5 miles easy
  • Friday:  Rest
  • Saturday:  9 miles
  • Sunday:  Rest/yoga

Anyone have advice on dealing with persistent blisters?

What do you do when you miss a training run?  Make it up? Skip it? Push your schedule back?