Workouts Last Week: The Awkward Limbo Phase

First, Happy Labor Day!  Hopefully, you are enjoying the last few moments of summer.  It seems like it flew by but that is a post for another day.

My training last week was more exhausting.  I had a great training week, the week before and felt like I was riding the high of great running.  This week, I felt like I was recovering the entire week.

So what was I recovering from?
  • A gorgeous hike on the Delaware Water Gap great running week and from a hard race.  Plus the weather wasn’t as pleasant as the week before.
  • Excellent running the week prior
  • From a hard 5k race

Plus the weather wasn’t as fantastic as the week before.  Running in the heat or pouring rain is difficult.  Honestly, I missed most of the heat this summer, and I’m not disappointed about it! 

Monday: 7 miles easy
Tuesday: 7 miles easy
Wednesday: 11 miles easy
Thursday: 11 miles easy
Friday: Off
Saturday: 7 miles easy
Sunday: RnR Half Marathon: 1:29.46

I’m in a weird stage with my running right now:

The Weird Limbo Stage:

I would like to think I’m “over” being injured.  For the last few weeks, I’ve run high mileage with no aches or pains.  I’ve also run several races.  However, I don’t feel in shape, and I don’t feel good when I run.  It’s going to take a few months of rebuilding my base and endurance to get to a point where I feel like when I left off back in May.  That’s the nature of the sport, and you cannot feel good all of the time.

I know I have a lot of work to do, but also I’ve made a lot of progress in the last few weeks.  It’s hard not to compare yourself to previous fitness levels but I know I’m moving in the right direction.

My easy runs were just that, easy.  I don’t have much to say about them.  On Saturday, instead of paying $20 each for a gym day pass, my husband and I ran outside while the hurricane was close by.  It wasn’t dangereous, but it was raining and extremely windy.

RnR Half Marathon: 1:29.46

I ran my 30th half marathon, RockNRoll Virginia Beach yesterday.  The race tested my current fitness level as well as it was a huge test for my foot too.RnR Va Beach

The race went better than expected.  My goal was to finish healthy and injury free.  My dream goal was to finish faster than last year (1:31).  Due to the hurricane, it was windy and they removed the structures as well as clocks from the course.

For me, I surpassed all goals I had.  It was a huge confidence booster and I ran a smart and healthy race.  I actually negative split the race even though the second half was into the wind.  I couldn’t have asked for a better race for where I currently am.

Posts from the Week:
Sunrise Serenity 5k (20:14)
Running through August (234 miles)
So You’re Injured…Now what?
Brooks Launch 3 Review

Questions for you:
How was your week?
How do you stay confident getting back into shape? 

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  1. Congratulations on your sub-90 half and breaking your time from last year! It says a lot about your overall fitness that you were able to do so well. Looks like you had a great race and I can’t wait to read about it. Good call on taking it easy with the workouts and recovering from last week before the half, too.

  2. Woohoo! This is great news indeed! If a 1:29 half is where you’re starting your base building, then well … it’s going to be an exciting fall of racing. 🙂

  3. Good job on that half marathon! I know sometimes running just feels HARD but by pushing through and continuing to train, you’ll definitely reach a breakthrough and you’ll be hitting your stride in no time!

  4. Wow, your 30th half marathon! That’s simply amazing!! Also way to go on breaking your time from last year. You are well on your way to being fully recovered from your injury!!

  5. That’s an incredible time! Wish I could’ve run into you. But, I was a slow 5 minutes behind you. 😉 For not feeling great you’re still smokin’ fast. Keep it up. Chin up. Stay focused and positive. The best is yet to come for you Hollie! I believe it.

  6. I’m so glad your race went well, you’re smashing your goals, and the fact that you’re coming back from injury makes that even more remarkable! I remember trying to come back form injury and just being really bad at running for a while, so I hear you on that!

  7. Congrats on a great race and fantastic time! It’s always nice to finish a race doing better than you expected and meeting your goals!

  8. I was SO excited for you when I read this! You are BACK baby!!! great job on the half and running it pretty much perfectly. I know you have a great fall ahead of you and I can’t wait to see what you can do!!!

  9. I hate running in super heat. How was the humidity for the RnR???? I ran it in 2014 and the humidity was a big factor in my finish time.

    1. Actually I would say the humidity was the least it’s been in the years I’ve run it. That was one of the positive aspects of the race because it has been hot!

  10. Huge congrats to you on the RNR Half! I saw that you ran a killer race on Facebook and was very impressed. I often wonder when you transition from “coming back” to “being back.” But wherever you are, it sounds like you are making great progress each week.

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