This is it! Peak week is officially done! Bring on the taper!!!
Haha I’ve been really dreading my taper. I think mostly because the past few weeks have been a lot of fun and I don’t want it to end! And I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself after my two half marathons in two days challenge is over. Usually I like to have a plan on what’s coming after a big goal like this (even if it’s just a small plan or goal). I guess I’d better come up with something soon! 😂
Anyway, peak week went pretty smoothly! Here’s what went down;
- 3 easy miles
- 10 minutes of yoga
Ok, so for the most part things did go really well this week, but on Monday I wasn’t feeling it. Or much of anything really. 😂 I went out and did my planned run though. I should have done some more yoga or at least thrown in some foam rolling, but meh, wasn’t feeling it. Haha at least I did a little something something though. 😉
- 4 miles, interval work
Holy cow this was a fantastic run! I had so much fun!! Don’t get me wrong, I still put in a lot of work though. But even so, I still managed to take lots of photos of the beautiful fall foliage (although a lot of them turned out slightly blurry 😂). All the trees are starting to turn all sorts of pretty colors. It’s great!
Anyway, I had planned on doing some strength work as well, but then I got kinda busy deep cleaning the bathroom, walking dogs, and baby sitting my neighbor’s kid. But my run was fantastic so I’d say my whole day was pretty fantastic! 😄
- 3 miles
- 15 minutes of Pilates
Yet another gorgeous day on Wednesday! Actually this whole week has just been amazing, in regards to the weather! All week I’ve been watching the subtle changes in all of the fall foliage during my runs. It’s been wonderful! This has definitely been one of the most colorful falls we’ve had in several years, so I’ve been doing my best to soak it all in. I’ve taken about a bazillion photos in the process of soaking it all in haha. 🍁🍂🖤
- rest day
Thursday was supposed to be a cross train day but it ended up as a rest day. I had some kind of rash/allergic reaction to something (I think it might have been something in a bottle of apple cider we had. It only happened after I drank it and never came back since I’ve stopped drinking it). So I was not feeling too great. Plus I was just kinda tired in general haha. But I suppose one should be feeling a little bit tired during their peak week. 😉
Anyway, Whiskey got her first ever bath on Thursday. She was not a fan… Haha but luckily she got over it very quickly and still wanted to be my friend afterwards. 😉
- rest day
Another rest day, yay! Hahaha and this one was actually planned! 😉
Luke and I spent the morning getting groceries and running some errands. After that we hung out at home for the rest of the day. We played with the dogs in the backyard for a little while and messed with the chickens, and then our 4 year old neighbor came over so we hung out with her for a while and then had a little pizza party because everyone was hungry but Luke and I didn’t feel like cooking. 😂 It was a good time. 🙂
- 10 miles
Alrighty! This weekended brought the real fun stuff! The plan was to do a long run on Saturday and then another long-ish run on Sunday and to get to the highest mileage I’ve ever done two days in a row. Fun stuff, man!
I accomplished Saturday’s run with out any issues. I was feeling kinda tired though and I didn’t feel as great as I would have liked to for this run. It was slow slow slow going. But hey, at least I did it! And I didn’t get chased by any obnoxious dogs! That’s always a nice bonus hahahaha. 🤣🤣🤣
So I’m sure a bunch of people were out doing lots of fun, spooky things on Saturday night, since it’s Halloween weekend. If you did I hope you had lots of fun!! Haha but since Luke had to work in the morning and I had another run to do, we stayed home and carved our pumpkins instead. That was the extent of our spooky activities for the day, but it was a lot of fun.🎃🖤
- 7 miles
Getting out of bed this morning was a little bit of a struggle. Then the first 3 ish miles of this run were HARD. But after that things started feeling a lot better! Slow, but still, better. 🙂
Now my legs are very tired. Actually, all of me is very tired haha. But honestly I feel really good! I’ve made it through almost an entire training cycle with out getting injured *knock on wood*. I’ve managed to up my mileage, not a lot or as much as I would have liked, but still, I’m making progress and moving forward and that’s really really cool!
Now it’s time to taper and in two weeks I get to see what I can do and accomplish during my two half marathons! I’m pretty excited!! 🙂
Total Weekly Mileage:
Now, I can’t say with any certainty that this is the most mileage I’ve ever run in a week (I guess I could go check on Garmin Connect, but I’m too lazy to do that. 😉 ), but it’s definitively up there! It’s looking like I’m going to go over 90 miles for the month which is super cool and something I know I’ve never done before! This training cycle has been full of new things and I think that’s just super awesome! At this point in my running life I’m pretty comfortable with the half marathon distance, and while I’m still learning about racing and really pushing yourself, I’m still comfortable enough to start trying some new things. I’m not sure how the training I’ve done this time around is going to end up affecting me come race day, but I’m pretty confident that I’m going to be able to finish my back to back half marathons without dying haha.
Anyway, taper time is here and I’m going to do my best to embrace it!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend you enjoyed all of the fall photos that this post is full of! I sure enjoyed taking them! 😊
Until next time,