Marathon Training: Week 7
It's crazy to think that I already have a month and a half of marathon training under my belt. I'm not going to lie, this week was tough for me. I travelled to Asheville earlier in the week for work and was happy I was able to do a little exploring around town. But once I got back to Charlotte, I wasn't able to shake the travel fatigue and get back into the swing of my routine. Regardless of my lack of ambition, I tried my best to stay positive.
Here's how Week 6 training went:
Planned weekly mileage: 19.1 miles | Total weekly mileage: 18.3 miles
Monday 7/31: 5 mile early morning treadmill run (Total time: 48:05 | Pace: 9:37/mile)
Tuesday 8/1: approx. 3-4 mile hike in Asheville, NC
Wednesday 8/2: Rest
Thursday 8/3: 20 minutes of strength training
Friday 8/3: 3.1 mile morning run. When I went to stop my run in my Strava app, I realized I accidentally paused my run around the one and half mile mark. I ran a familiar route, so I know it was 3.1 miles, although I'm not sure my total time or pace.
Saturday 8/4: Rest. Don't forget to get out and have a little fun on your rest days!
Sunday 8/5: 10.2 mile late morning run (Total time: 1:55:38 | Pace: 11:20/mile)
Five things that happened during my run today: 1. My mental game was just not there. 2. I ran a lot slower than I wanted to. 3. I drank too much coffee and water this morning and had to stop to use the bathroom. 4. I stopped and took a longer than usual water break. 5. I WALKED. Yes, I walked during my run. . . But these five things also happened: 1. I got in a serious sweat sesh. 2. I spent quality time running with my fiancé. 3. I enjoyed a beautiful day in the Queen City. 4. I pushed myself to get out of my comfort zone when I definitely did not want to. 5. I ran 10.2 miles. . . So my run didn't go quite how I imagined it, but I still showed up. I put my best foot forward and I did it. Remember, even on the bad days, to find the always positive in whatever you do. The only workout you'll ever regret is the one you didn't do. #runcharlotte
What I learned from Week 6: Stay positive! Training for a marathon is a long journey and with months of long runs and cross-training, you're bound to have ups and downs. So try your best to keep a positive mindset through it all. There will without a doubt be rough days where you're tired or sore or just not in the mood, but do it anyway. It doesn't matter if you don't hit your weekly mileage (like me this week!), just do it. Go for the runs, even if that means walking. Pick up those weights, even if it's just for 10 minutes. I promise you won't regret it.
Here's what I have planned for Week 7:
Check out this Thursday's Novant Health Charlotte Marathon Ambassador event Donut Dash: 2 Partners, 2 Donuts, 2 Miles. Donuts and running. Need I say more?
Visit www.runcharlotte.com to sign up for one of the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon's five races.