road to the half marathon: training week 4
posted: June 22, 2010
This week in training, I found a bit of a breakthrough. No not because I killed it on all of my runs, or because I ate all the right things to fuel my training, but quite the opposite. I ran once this week. One time. So to say I was proud of my training, I’d be lying. However, this week taught me one amazing lesson regardless of circumstance and excuses, I am the sole catalyst of my successes and failures.
My lone run along the coast, 5 miles of fabulous weather distracting my struggle.
I could blame my lack of running this week on the fact that I was away from home and my comfort zone to squeeze it all in. Like, my hotel had no gym, I spent the night in an airport and I was too busy working to go for a run. But the truth is, I was there when the alarm went off at 5:30 three times this week to go for a 6am run, and my hand hit the snooze button repeatedly. The truth was, I let myself give up a little bit this week, and I had never felt worse.
It’s pretty easy to see clearly when you’re at the top…
Running or not, my week turned around on Friday when our Online Community Team hiked the Grouse Grind together. The whole way to the top we were searching for the 1/4 marker, the 1/2 way marker, the 3/4 marker and the sunshine at the top of the mountain that was literally light at the end of our tunnel. I don’t completely enjoy the process of being out of breath constantly and having my entire body ache for an hour and a half. But reaching the top felt like I was purging all the toxicity that was holding me back in training and my life.
Our Online Community Team at the top of Grouse Mountain, ready to create the world!
Standing on the top of Grouse Mountain I felt proud of our hike, and yet very disappointed in my running for the week. It’s not as though I were not capable to hit all the miles I needed to, I simply chose to avoid them. I have a huge BHAG in place of finishing the half marathon in 2 hours and 10 minutes, and ultimately I am the keeper of that fate. So this week I am recommitting, even if it means waking up at 5:30am to run. I know in 8 weeks from now on race day, what I did training wise on week 4 made a difference in me achieving or not achieving my goal time. I am lacing up the sneaks and renewing my goal this week, and completely purging myself f all excuses. Ready, set, run!
This week’s training mileage total: 5 miles
Longest run: 5 miles with a pace of 9:45 (right on pace)
Cross training: Hiked the Grouse Grind
Wore on my long run: Run:Energy SS and Run:Roll Down Skirt (so breezy, comfortable and stayed in place to perfection!)
8 weeks until race day here is my training schedule for the week:
Monday: 4 miles + hot yoga
Tuesday: 2 miles + yoga sculpt
Wednesday: 4 miles + yoga sculpt
Thursday: hot yoga
Saturday: 6 miles!
Sunday: yoga + rest
P.S. What do you do with the excuses you’ve been carrying around for a long time, and how do you purge the toxic mindset for yourself? I’d love some tips on scheduling my week, and how to stay motivated.