Next weekend is my Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Savannah, Georgia and I feel like I am in a time warp writing that because it has come so quickly!
Surprisingly, my last training check-in was at week 4! Whaaat?! And looking back at that check-in, it was not very impressive. I think that was when I realized the training plan I chose did not take into account the lifestyle of a working mom.
The plan started off perfectly for me and that is why I excelled in weeks 1 & 2, logging in every required run and cross-training day. But after the warm-up weeks, the plan required running every, single day — and pretty long distances, too. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the energy to run 7 miles on a Monday! Especially after a particularly grueling long day at work.
Plus, I love coming home after work and seeing my little Ry for a while before she goes to bed, since it is the only time I have to spend with her during the day. During my training, I never wanted to miss that time with her, and I guess running didn’t surpass that on the priority list. It’s my favorite part of the day!
A scheduled 3-5 mile run was usually OK and I was able to still make it home in time to see her for a bit before bedtime. But any longer distance than that during the week I pretty much ignored.
I always thought that I could come home, see Rylee and put her to bed and then hit the gym for my daily run afterwards, but of course that never happened. Not when Brett is already in the kitchen cooking something delicious and our favorite TV show is calling our names! And who wants to run 7 miles on the treadmill after dark? Not this girl!
Looking back at the runs I logged for the remaining weeks, I noticed that the trend was for me was to fit in a good 3 runs per week, plus maybe a cross-training day. Sometimes.
Here’s how the remaining weeks of training went for me:
Week 5 – Build Endurance – Ran 10.31 out of 24 scheduled for week
Week 6 – Speed Sharpening – Ran 8.16 miles out of 27 scheduled for week
Week 7 – Test Your Limits – Ran 8.19 miles out of 29 scheduled for week
Weeks 8 + 9 – These weeks are a blur for me! No running logged at all! Between Brett being out of town for a full week, traveling for our 3 Year Anniversary and busy workdays, I don’t even know where they went!
Week 10 – Peak Week – Ran 16.02 miles out of total 37 for week.
This week at least felt like my peak week. I ran 8 miles straight for the first time and it felt amazing! It was a gorgeous day on the trail and I ran at a great pace! (a steady 10:25 the entire time!) I was thinking to myself that 5 more miles come race day will be a piece of cake, especially with all that race day adrenaline! This helped me feel so much better knowing that I missed a lot of miles in my training plan.
So this is the last week I have to train. I feel really good, though. I have run in a Half Marathon before so I know what to expect. And this time I did a better job at consistently training than my first half. So that’s great!
Looking back at my training, I am really proud of all the miles that I put in. Using the Nike Running App Coach training plan was definitely not for me, though, because I need a more flexible plan with my schedule, less runs and long runs on weekends only. I’m thinking the next half I run, I’ll come up with a Working Mom Approved 12 Week Half Marathon training plan!
And I am starting to realize that a training plan does not need to rule your life to be affective. I know that I am going to finish that race and feel great next weekend. And finishing is all that counts. (Who knows, might even get a new PR!)
It is possible to be a working mom and train for a Half Marathon. It is!
Looking forward to a wonderful girls trip weekend filled with lots of fun… and running!