I felt like this week was going relatively smoothly until my long run on Saturday. Other than that I did everything I had planned and felt pretty good doing it. Well, there were times when I felt kinda tired and sluggish, but it was nothing too bad. Plus at this point in half marathon training that’s pretty much to be expected!
So here’s what went down this week;
- 3 miles
It felt like 26 degrees on my run on Monday! I got to break out my winter running gear and that was pretty exciting! It was nice, cold, and beautiful outside on Monday.
The original plan was to do an easy run. It was still kinda recovering from a cold and from all of the fun we had over the weekend while we were in Illinois. But my legs were feeling speedy on Monday so I just kinda went with it. It was fun. 🙂
- 5 miles
I was feeling a little bit sluggish on Tuesday. It wasn’t too bad, I still got through my scheduled 5 miler, it just wasn’t as fun as Monday’s run haha.
- 3 miles
- a little bit of stretching
It was another beautiful fall day in Kansas! I’ve been loving the weather! 🙂 Although my run on Wednesday wasn’t all that great, it wasn’t terrible either. I’ve really been enjoying watching all of the leaves starting to change colors. There are some really pretty ones in my neighborhood right now and it’s just going to bet better and better as fall goes on. 🙂
- 3 miles
- 30 minutes of pilates
- 15 minutes of yoga
It was just a little bit warmer on Thursday, but still beautiful outside! Still would have been a great day for running if it wasn’t so windy! I spent my 3 miles battling with the wind, but I was still able to do a semi-speedy run, which is what I wanted to do for Thursday. 🙂 Later in the afternoon I did some Pilates and then yoga in the evening.
- rest day
- 20 minutes of yoga
I felt REALLY good after those 20 minutes of yoga! It was pretty great haha. Other than that I spent most of my Friday getting my gear ready and just kinda prepping in general for my long run. Stuff like washing all of the gear I wanted to wear and getting it all into one place, making sure I knew what I was having for breakfast, setting the coffee maker, and making sure I was hydrated. Stuff like that really helps the mornings of my long runs go much more smoothly. 🙂
That night I got lots and lots and lots of puppy cuddles. It was adorable and annoying all at the same time haha.
- 12.69 miles
- 25 minutes of stretching/foam rolling
Well you guys I gave it my all, but today my all just wasn’t enough… My goal was 16 miles. It was supposed to be the longest run of this training cycle and the longest run I’ve ever done, but I just didn’t have it in me today. But ya know what? That’s ok! I like to look at it like this; if you don’t struggle and sometimes fail during a training cycle then you’re not going to be ready to struggle and then over come that struggle on race day. I’d much rather have a bad workout than a bad race. So I’m looking at this from that perspective. I’ve gotten the bad run out of the way, and now hopefully both of my races will go well. And even if they don’t at least I’ll be ready to handle it. 👍🏻🏃🏻♀️ Always look on the bright side my friends! Or at the very least, learn to find the positive in what might in the moment feel like a negative, because I promise you it’s always there. 😊💜
Alrighty all of that being said, I’m pretty sure part of my downfall during this run was yet again, being chased by a little demon dog that I’ve been getting chased by almost every time I run down a certain street for several months now, and yesterday he had a friend. They were smart enough to split up so one was always on a different side of me so I couldn’t really keep my eyes on both of them at once and once of them was starting to get really cocky and was starting to nip at my ankles. Luckily he never got a hold of me and I gave him a good kick and that made him stop. But they both kept following me until a truck drove down the street…
These little assholes are always out terrorizing people. One day I saw one of them chasing a lady with a stroller and her dog. Obviously her dog wasn’t happy about that but I didn’t see what happened because I was going a different direction. Anyway, the next time one of these little bastards chases me I’m gonna give their owner a piece of my damn mind. This is getting absolutely ridiculous. They just let their dogs out in their yard that’s not fenced in, they don’t put them on tie outs, and they don’t stay outside to watch the dogs. So the dogs terrorize anyone who goes by.
Honestly I’m surprised they haven’t been hurt by another dog or hit by a car. And I’d be lying if I didn’t say that there have been a few times that I’ve thought about bringing Finn down there and letting him rough them up a bit. He’s ridiculously protective of me, so he’d definitely want to do something about one of the little demon dogs chasing us. Obviously I haven’t and I probably wont. But damn it would be kind of satisfying to watch them get roughed up a little by a dog that probably weighs almost 35 pounds more than them. But at the end of the day I know it’s not the dogs fault and I shouldn’t take it out on them. All of the blame lies on the owner who lets them do this…But still, I’m not gonna hesitated to give them a good, hard kick to prevent my ankles from getting bit. There’s no way I’m gonna just let them attack me.
Ugh, just thinking about it really pisses me off. How can you think it’s ok to let your dogs act that way?!?!?
- rest day
Well, if you can call going on a crazy cleaning spree resting haha. Oh man it felt so good to get my house nice and clean though! It’s kinda been a disaster ever since we got all of that rain two weeks ago, but since the mud has finally dried up and the dogs are clean again I though today would be a great day to tackle all of the dirt in my house. 😂
Haha the photo is from this morning when Luke and I were feeding the chickens. I know most of my photos from this week are fall foliage, but it’s all just so pretty!!! 🍂🍁🍃
Total Weekly Mileage: 26.85
That’s a little over 3 miles less than I would have liked, but I’m still pretty proud of what I’ve done this week. 🏃🏻♀️😊
I hope you’ve had a wonderful week!