Last week I didn't plan to have a fall back week, but I only ran twenty miles. Like I have said before, sometimes life gets in the way. You have to be able to embrace it. I have no regrets, because we had a great weekend.*
It may have been a good thing. The last few days I have felt pretty tired. I might be fighting a virus or I might have been on the verge of over training. I'm not going to worry too much about it. Stressing out over my training schedule isn't going to prepare me better for the marathon in February. I am going to move forward and try to run smart to get up to where I need to be.
By now, I should have run a sixteen mile run. The longest run I have done (since the half marathon in August) is twelve. Once again, this next weekend, life is getting in the way of my long run. My husband has to work some pretty crazy hours over the weekend, which will make running nearly impossible. I may see if my brother and his wife will have my kids over to play with their cousin for a few hours on Sunday so I can try to run fifteen or sixteen miles. As a busy mom with an even busier husband, I need to fit in my runs where I can.
On a bright note... yesterday I was able to take advantage of both kids being in school and went for not one, but two runs. I met some friends for an easy six mile run on the river trail. It was a slow pace, but it was nice to run and chat. It was relaxing. Afterward, I still had forty minutes or so until I had to pick up my son so I decided to run four more miles at a more aggressive pace. It felt good to run a bit faster after such a pleasant warm up. I tried to keep my pace at or below 9:00. The first mile was easy. The second was a bit more work due to the fact that I was running on a soft shoulder of a street the day after a heavy rain. Between dodging puddles and slogging through soft grass, my pace was 9:15. Ironically, that mile is the flattest of the route. The last two miles were a stead incline. I worked hard to keep my pace up, rather than taking it easy like I normally do on hills during a casual run (as opposed to hill repeats). I averaged 8:56 for the entire run.
So hopefully I'll be able to put in a decent amount of miles this week. It will definitely be a balancing act.
*Disneyland was wonderful. It was everything we had hoped it would be. While I missed both my Saturday and Sunday runs because of weekend activities, we definitely were not sedentary. There was a LOT of walking around Disneyland, so I did get some time on my feet. It was worth missing half my mileage for the week.