Lately I can’t help but feel grateful for not being accepted to run the New York City Marathon. Does anyone remember that I applied to the lottery earlier this year? It would have been my first marathon but thankfully, everything works out the way it should because this was definitely NOT my year for training for a marathon.
The Bar Mitzvah has taken a lot out of me. I cannot imagine training these last several weeks for a marathon as I can barely even recognize that I am training for a half marathon at the moment! These weeks are flying by in terms of my half marathon training plan but they have also been so packed with detail, activity and emotion in the other waking hours of my life that I don’t even realize I am running half marathon workouts.
My brain isn’t into this training cycle at all.
Luckily, the half marathon is a distance I can run without training although at the moment, I don’t really see myself caring very much about this race.
To be honest with you, extremely honest, there’s a good chance I decide NOT to run this half marathon on November 12.
As my son said last night, why would I want to drive and pay to run the same distance I can run for free at home?
Of course you and I know why we choose to run a race. However, during those times when we truly don’t have our hearts in a race, we can understand and agree with what my son said.
Right now, I am on the fence with seeing the race from his viewpoint and seeing it from a runner’s mindset.
I will let you know what I decide when I decide. I think that allowing myself the freedom to make this decision, to not run the race, has relieved some of the mental pressure of having to do something I may not feel like doing because I never force myself to do anything I don’t want to/need to do.
Monday – 5 Miles
Just 5 miles easy around the neighborhood once it was light outside.
Tuesday – Pure Barre & 3 Miles
Tuesday is typically an 8 mile run day but I ignored my training plan in favor of doing what I felt like doing instead.
I started with the Pure Barre Pure Results (focus on thighs) workout (55 minutes) followed by a simple 3 mile run outside = it was perfect.
Wednesday – 7 Miles
I ran Tuesday’s workout today, on the treadmill.
2 miles warm up + 4 x 8 minutes at 10k pace with 3 minutes easy in between.
I much prefer these workouts outdoors so that I can naturally find and feel my 10k pace but I wasn’t about to run outdoors before the sun was up so I made the treadmill work for me.
For the 10k intervals, I played between 7.6 – 8.2, trying to hold around 8.0 as often as I could without touching the button.
Thursday – Pure Barre & 5 Miles
Since I ran Tuesday’s workout on Wednesday, I skipped today’s workout in favor of an easy run day.
A quick Pure Barre Tone in 10 combo:
- Arms & Abs
- Seat & Abs
My son went into school a little early so I ran 5 miles outside after dropping him off.
Friday – 5 Miles (in the gym)
Another gym morning. 5 miles on the treadmill with some free weights, squats and jumping jacks thrown into the mix.
Anyone else impatiently waiting for the clocks to change in order to get some early morning sunshine again?! Do you see how dark it appears outside the gym window?!
14 Miles 11 Miles
My training plan called for 14 miles which I thought I would run, even though the forecast called for a really stormy morning of high winds, rain and chilly weather.
I also thought I would add in Thursday’s workout which I didn’t run this week which consisted of 2 sets of 3 miles at half marathon pace.
Yeah, neither plan happened. I thought about running the half marathon paced miles but once I started moving a little faster, I just didn’t feel like it.
Physically I felt fine but mentally, I was just not interested in pushing myself. So I didn’t.
Mile 1 was my slowest @ 9:54 and mile 9 was my fastest @ 8:21
I made it 11 miles before heading home. The rain had gotten much heavier by the 9 mile mark and I became tired of running with heavy, wet feet.
Sunday – Pure Barre
My craving for Pure Barre has been strong this week so I think I will go with the Pure Results 55 minute workout again since I have the time.
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Have you ever backed out of a race you were planning to run? I have, I changed my mind a few years ago when I chose not to run the Hershey Half in 2013.
Are you anxious for the clocks to change so you have sunlight again in the morning?
How were your workouts this week?