After returning from vacation, I felt more motivated than ever to get back in the groove and return to consistent training. I expected this week to be a complete success, but as things got rolling I realized how quickly that running motivation can fade.
The first half of this week left me feeling like a chicken with my head cut off. I frantically tried to catch up on work while attempting to manage a crazy bacterial infection our puppy contracted at daycare. The frantic beginning of the week quickly left me with little to no motivation to fit any workouts in.
Luckily, I was able to complete a majority of the training, and now that I’m caught up on life, that running motivation has returned.
Here is my marathon training recap for week 6!
Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 6
Monday, 2/25 – Yoga
This yoga sequence has been a staple in my training plans for the past three marathons. Since I began including it regularly into my training, I have yet to become injured (knock on wood). It targets all of the most needed areas for runners and really helps me mentally prepare for the week ahead!
After a week of skiing plus another long run on Sunday, my body was very appreciative of this yoga sequence. I could actually feel my muscles loosen and relax as I held each yoga pose, and was very happy to start my week off in this way!
Tuesday, 2/26 – 4 miles
After procrastinating all day long, I finally fit this run in. While I was glad I did it, I was definitely reminded that more often than not it’s better to just get it done right away.
This run felt surprisingly easy after nearly a week off! My watch must have been out of sync because each time I looked down it showed that I was running a pace that was nearly two minutes slower than every mile split it recorded. I felt like I was running my normal pace so it was frustrating to look down and see something different on my watch!
Wednesday, 2/27 – Rest
There was a speed workout on the schedule today, but life got in the way and I felt better about skipping this run than trying to fit it in. Sometimes this happens and I’m definitely still working on determining the difference between those times when I’m just feeling lazy and times when I really need to take a step back.
Thursday, 2/28 – Strength Workout
After missing last week’s strength workout, I was definitely feeling the burn with each of these exercises. I am really excited to get back to my regular strength training routine and see what kind of progress I can make during these last three months of training!
These strength exercises help me stay injury free and strong during marathon training. I love incorporating them on a weekly basis to target those hot spots and keep my entire body strong.
Friday, 3/1 – 4 miles
As much as I wanted to put this run off again, I decided to get out there and just do it – and boy was I glad that I did. The sun was shining and 25 degrees felt like a heat wave with no wind! I was so happy to finally start feeling like I was back in a routine.
Saturday, 3/2 – 8 miles
This run ended up being pretty decent. I was skeptical how it would go after running less than 24 hours before, but it ended up feeling great. After a few weeks of significantly lower mileage, I am happy with how my body has been handling the increase each week.
I was happy to have a slightly shorter “long” run on the schedule this week and looking forward to really getting into the thick of marathon training this month. 30 degrees with no wind was such a nice change from the previous weeks of running!
Sunday, 3/3 – Rest
I am so happy to finally have a normal Sunday rest day! There is nothing quite like a day filled with relaxation and lounging.
While this week brought a few more challenges than I originally anticipated, I am happy to have been able to end the week with a bit more structure than the previous few weeks. I am looking forward to some warmer winter running weather and getting back out there on a regular basis.
Here’s to a successful new month!
Previous Running Recaps:
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 5
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 4
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 3
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 2
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 1
- Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Recap
- New York City Marathon Race Recap