Happy Hump Day! I hope you’re having a great week so far. We have somehow arrived in my favorite month of the year – August! We’ve still got a few weeks of summer fun left to enjoy!
Since it’s Wednesday I’m linking up at Wild Workout Wednesday with Annmarie at The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie at Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced, Sarah at Creating Better Tomorrow, and Michelle at Fruition Fitness! So let me catch you up on the latest week of Philly 10K training!
If you noticed that I seemed a bit “MIA” the past few days, it was because I was literally in MIA! My friend celebrated her 30th birthday in style, and we had a full weekend in Miami with clubbing, jet skiing, cabanas, bottle service, and hanging out on an amazing boat. I didn’t get as much beach time as I would have liked, but we had a really fun time in Miami. I got to meet up with two of my dearest friends who live in the area and that I don’t get to see often, so that was definitely another highlight for me. I do admit though that I did start to get a little homesick by the end of the trip!
Here are just a few pictures from the weekend.
So I’ve got some exciting news: Rockin’ Refuel recently contacted me about leading a team for the Warrior Dash taking place this Saturday in Millville, NJ! I have never done an obstacle course race or mud run, but I did sign up for the Tough Mudder in October with my coworkers (oops, did I forget to mention that? Probably because I’m scared!!). The timing was just right as this event will show me my strengths and weaknesses as I finally prepare for Tough Mudder!
We’ll be running 3.1 miles with 12 obstacles along the way. Based on the photos online there will be lots of climbing, crawling, and balancing to get through the obstacles – I’m looking forward to the challenge. If I’m really bad at it, then I’ll be even more motivated to create a workout plan to build my strength!
So please be sure to check out my updates on Saturday! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram if you aren’t already! Hopefully, I’ll make it through in one piece! I’ll be posting a full recap early next week!
Wednesday 7/29: I was scrambling to do some shopping for the Miami trip so I ended up not doing my planned speed work that evening.
Thursday 7/30: We were supposed to have a double-header of kickball, but we only had one game because once again, we had rain on a Thursday! We had to play on the grass because the field was too messy, and it was humid as heck out there, but we easily won our 3rd game of the season. We’ve really been taking care of business!
Friday 7/31: I left in the morning for Miami, and because I didn’t pack until the last-minute, I didn’t get to squeeze in an early morning run. Not to mention, I had a late night on Thursday…
Saturday 8/1: The most of a workout I got was dancing in the club and a little bit of time in the water while we were on the boat.
Sunday 8/2: Again, no workout, but a decent amount of dancing at this awesome club in downtown Miami.
Monday 8/3: Back home in Philly! Due to my guilt, I made sure to get in my long run – 6 miles in the unbearable heat. My pace was on average 12 minutes per mile, but I walked quite a bit, so I know I started out too fast. After my run, I spent a good amount of time doing squats, lunges, clam shells, and foot rolling.
Tuesday 8/4: I kept it indoors and ran 3 miles on the treadmill. However, it was hot as heck in the gym, so that made things pretty miserable. My right heel was really bothering me after the run too. Ugh…
Clearly, this was a bad week for training. I was pretty stressed out all last week preparing for the Miami trip, so it really threw off my usual training schedule. We were also in the middle of a heat wave, and it can be really challenging to run in that kind of weather. It can be done, but you also need to be in the right mindset! Clearly, I wasn’t.
I have to give my training for week 2 a D. Missing two runs in a week is unacceptable, and it’s the most training runs I’ve missed in a week all year. I know I was on vacation, but I should have talked to Coach Kristy in advance to see if we could change things around last week. I really thought I’d have time to run and packed 3 outfits for the weekend…it just didn’t happen.
Obviously, I’m very disappointed in myself. This training cycle hasn’t gone at all as I’d hoped. I don’t want to make excuses and I can’t change the past. Summer running is a real challenge for me, but this is only the beginning. I’ll get back into the groove!
So this current week of training is essentially a do-over of last week. I’m going to push myself to get my head back in the game, and not run too fast. Hip strengthening will continue to be a priority as my knees are “telling” me it’s necessary!
Have you ever run the Warrior Dash or similar event? How do you cheer yourself up after a bad training week?