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?