I am deep into my training for the five half marathons in five days. I’m beginning to hit the kind of mileage I only hit when I’m training for a marathon or back to back half marathons.
The week started off great with an unplanned 10 mile run. Usually I run my longest run on Friday or the weekend, but the weather was AMAZING and I kept running until I ran out of light.
Next I hit up 4.7 miles on the treadmill while it snowed outside.
Then there was the slippery 6.3 miles on a cold windy day.
And another 6.2 miles on a cold but sunny day.
That left me with 6.5-8 miles to hit my goal mileage for the week, which should have been no problem.
I’ve learned how to dress for the recent weather: knee high socks, compression shorts, fleece lined tights over those, tank top, half zip, Sugoi running jacket, fleece lined running gloves, hat, sunglasses. I got ready, had my route planned, and knew I could get in the miles in the time I had open.
But life doesn’t always go as planned. My stomach rebelled at 4.5 miles, necessitating a stop at home at 5.1 miles. By the time I was finished resolving the issue, I was too chilled to go back out in 20 degree weather and Beer Geek was on the treadmill. I considered putting on dry clothes and trying to finish. I considered waiting for the treadmill. I considered running the missing 3 on Sunday.
In the end, I realized something. In the grand scheme of my training, missing those 3 miles really won’t matter. I managed all my other goals last week: 3 days of running in a row + at least one double digit run. I won’t look back during the half marathons and think “darn, I wish I’d run those miles”. In fact, by the time this whole challenge is over and I’ve run more than 650 miles in training, I likely won’t even remember that run.
This week brings more miles and more challenges: a minimum of 35 miles of running + at least 4 days of running in a row along with another cold snap from Mother Nature.
Whose bright idea was this anyway?
10 thoughts on “One run won’t matter”
You are a machine! 5 Halves in 5 days….you go girl!!
Not sure I can do this again – it’s taking over my life LOL.
Um, wasn’t it your bright idea… 🙂
I’m gonna blame it on Kim at Just Tryin’ is for Little Girls.
You’re pretty freaking awesome. Seriously.
And you’re right. Overall, one run won’t hurt you. YOU GO and kick hard! You’ll rock this thing! (From your newest cheerleader!) 😉
Ha! Thanks! I appreciate the support of my craziness.
Plus, I think those bitterly cold runs on snow/ice should count as extra!!!
I’m down with that idea!
5 halves in 5 days…wow! You go, you have a great attitude.
The 5 in 5 events are SOO much fun. The training, well, not always fun…