Weekly Workout Roundup: Week 5 Half Marathon Training

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So, after last week’s “rockstar” training status, this past week did not go so well. I say rockstar because I actually did all my scheduled runs. But alas. Between evening and early morning meetings for work and waking up early to catch up on Parkesdale stuff, this blog, and the rain, I missed two runs: Thursday and Friday. Β It just wasn’t going to happen.

Last Sunday we ventured over to the Hillsborough River State Park for a few hours. We wondered around and “hiked” some of their beautiful trails. After our hiking adventure, we cooled off in their pool. Unfortunately you can not swim in the Hillsborough River. We “hiked” another trail on our way out by the wetland conservation area. I believe that trail was 1.6 miles but since it was an in and out trail, I’m not sure if it should count as 3.2 miles or just 1.2. Either way, I may or may not have “met” my running goal of 4 miles by “hiking”.


Hiking at the Hillsborough River State Park
Hiking at the Hillsborough River State Park

I normally run in the early morning, but with an early (7:30) meeting on Thursday, there was no way I was going to wake up at 3:30 am to go running! So, Friday came around and I was just too tired to get out of bed on time. I told myself no problem, you can at least make up your long run on Saturday before heading to Orlando for FlBlogCon.

Easier said than done. I woke up on Saturday and between the rain and my loss of equilibrium due to a sinus problem there was no way I could get out and make up my long run. So, I headed up to Orlando for the bloggers conference. I left the conference early, because no matter what I ate, or drank I was still feeling woozy. Got home stopped at CVS and picked up a prescription and finally started to feel better.

Sept 21, 2014 7 mile half marathon training run
Sept 21, 2014 7 mile half marathon training run

Thankfully, I woke up feeling a lot better today and although I was only scheduled to run 4, I went ahead and ran a few extra ones because I felt so much better. I even got to finish “strong” which doesn’t always happen for me. I hope your training went better than mine. If not, don’t let it bog you down. It’s ok to miss some runs, just make sure you get back on the routine. πŸ™‚

How did your training go this week?


16 thoughts on “Weekly Workout Roundup: Week 5 Half Marathon Training”

    1. Thank you! But I’m actually running a half marathon. I don’t think I could ever train for a full marathon.

    1. Ouch! Tummy viruses are the worst. I will sometimes sneak out with a head cold for a quick, short run. But I won’t do it with if I’m having tummy issues!

    1. Thank you! I will definitively listen to my body before getting myself hurt. I’m just doing it for fun, so when I feel I need a rest, I listen!

    1. I was having such a hard time running and talking at the same time! It was like I never had run before.

  1. Gosh, I know the feeling of missed runs and frustration for an entire week! The good news is you aren’t super close to your race just yet, and it sounds like you made up for it. And even though some might not consider “hiking” helpful, I think anything where you put some miles on your legs is good when you’re in training for a distance race.

    Also, I’m sorry you got sick! When I was training for my first marathon earlier this year, I came down with a nasty cold/fever combination that forced me to miss an entire WEEK of training when I was a month out from the marathon. It was incredibly frustrating, but you learn to listen to your body and learn to overcome whatever obstacles thrown your way when things don’t go as planned.

    Keep it up, and I hope you see more and more runs where you’re finishing strong! Those are my favorite!
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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I have 7 weeks left and it seems so far away, but I know it will be here before I know it!

    1. If you want to start jogging, you should try one of those couch to 5k programs. Start out by walking. As you get walking faster, you’ll start running before you know it! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! That’s so sweet of you. I’ve found that there’s no reason to freak out and stress out over a training plan. That’s all it is a training plan. I see them as a guide and I feel you need to be flexible because sometimes life just gets in the way. πŸ˜‰

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