I programmed my Garmin for a five minute walk, then 3.5 miles of running at which point I'd turn around and run 3.5 miles back with another 5 minute walk to cool down. I also decided that it was time to break out my headphones and I'd started creating my half marathon play list. For the shorter runs/races I sort of enjoy being unplugged however I've started to notice on the longer runs that I do start to get bored and I thought it'd help me stay on pace/upbeat about running for so long. The trail was nearly empty on Monday so I happily mouthed the words to quite a few songs while I was running. I even kept up a pretty consistent pace throughout the run so I was pleased with that. I was also pretty excited to text Coach B when I got home to report that I had tackled 7 miles!
So here's what I was supposed to do during Week 8:
Monday: Run, 4 miles
Tuesday: Cross training or speed work
Wednesday: Run, 5 miles, Medium effort
Thursday: Strength train
Friday: Run, easy 30 minutes
Saturday: Run, 8 miles
Here's what I actually did:
Monday: Run, 7 miles
Tuesday: Bike 11.69 miles, Strength train
Wednesday: Run, 5.5 miles (includes warm-up/cool-down walk)
Thursday: Speed work and bike (in the gym)
Saturday: Run about 4 miles, walked the rest = total 8 miles
Sunday: Run, 3 miles
I am super disappointed in my performance during the group run. My stomach had been bothering me all day to the point where I took some Tylenol (I rarely take anything) and I just couldn't seem to get it together last night. On top of that I tried some Gatorade chews around mile 6 and shortly after that my stomach started to feel even worse. The last few group runs we've done I've struggled but when I run on my own I seem to be fine. I might try running on my own during the group run next weekend so I can just focus on running and go at my own pace. No excuses.
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