Vermont City Marathon Training – Week 8

Vermont City Marathon Training - Week 8. Training log with workouts, goals and hopes for the VCM on May 29, 2016! Follow along to see if this mother runner can come back strong with a PR after her second child.

If I was training a client for a marathon and they got sick and missed a week’s worth of workouts, I would tell them not to panic. I’d tell them there was no way they could lose all their fitness within one week. And then I’d tell them that they might feel a little sluggish when they start back up, but they would soon be back to normal.

But of course when it happened to me, I told myself that I was going to lose all my fitness, I’d probably set myself back about three weeks, that at the very least I should have gutted out a long run, sick or no, because that’s the workout you really should never skip. Rationally, I know that’s ridiculous. But it’s still in my head.

I started out strong, with a lovely 7 mile run in the rain on Monday. My overall pace on these regular runs is improving and what’s even more promising is my speed on the hilly mile is getting much faster every time I go out. 

Vermont City Marathon Training - Week 8. Training log with workouts, goals and hopes for the VCM on May 29, 2016! Follow along to see if this mother runner can come back strong with a PR after her second child.

Then I had a couple of days of no running, because Baby T finally came down with Roman’s cold and he was miserable. There was no chance of me getting out since he totally lost his appetite for regular food and he just wanted to nurse all.the.time. And then I got sick, yay!

Vermont City Marathon Training - Week 8. Training log with workouts, goals and hopes for the VCM on May 29, 2016! Follow along to see if this mother runner can come back strong with a PR after her second child.

P.S. When Tanner is sick, he’s still the happiest baby on earth.

So where do I go from here? Well, I’m feeling about 70% better, so today I’m going out for an easy run – the mileage will totally depend on how I’m feeling. I’m going to put no pressure on myself for pace or distance. I’ll take a day off to recover, then go out for a short, faster run; rest then a regular run, rest then a long run. This week my plan is to listen to my body, respect my limits and attempt not to freak out about slow times or low mileage.

Marathon training is a marathon in and of itself and sometimes it’s hard to remember that. You get so tied to the program that you think missing one training session is an issue, let alone a whole week’s worth.

Weekly Mileage:

7.02 miles <– just seeing that makes me freak out.

Total Mileage:

126.86

Comments

  1. Great job in your marathon training despite being sick. You’ll pick right off where you left after you get over feeling under the weather I’m sure.
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  2. Isn’t it so hard to take your own advice? This is why I have a coach, but I still don’t believe her when she tells me what I know to be true šŸ™‚
    I’m just glad everyone is feeling better and OMG that Tanner!!! I want to squeeze him!!
    Have fun out there today and know that by this time next week it will all be ok.
    Allie recently posted…The Rundown – Training EffectMy Profile

  3. Oh mama. I’m so sorry that you’ve been sick! But I know what you mean – why is it always so hard for us to take our own advice?? You’ll be fine and you’re doing great in your training and still have lots of time. The most important thing is for YOU to get the rest you need, right? And Baby T!!! He’s seriously the cutest.

  4. Keep listening to that coach’s voice inside you that’s telling you that it’ll all be fine. Because it will be. You’ll bounce back and be into training full-on before you know it. Just listen to your body in the meanwhile and don’t push too hard too soon. Better to be a bit under on race day than not able to run at all.
    Char recently posted…Why Do I Do It?My Profile

  5. It’s so hard for us coaches to take our own advice! I’m sorry to hear that you and Baby T were sick, I hope you both are 100% better this week! One week off won’t impact you at all – if anything, a cutback week means you’ll charge back into training strong and determined!
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Should You Include 20 Mile Long Runs in Marathon Training?My Profile

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