Training Last Week: Not Meeting Goals

In summary, last week I tapered for a race that didn’t go well. For the last six months, I poured my heart into training, recovering and eating relatively well and didn’t achieve what I wanted. As blunt as that is, it seems to be the theme of the last few months of training.  While yes, a 1:26 is a very respectable half marathon time, but it’s not what I trained for or wanted.  When you don’t achieve what you train for, it stinks.

But that is a post for another day.  Last week I just focused on easy runs and tapering.  As far as the actual week of training, it was one of my boring weeks.  Tapering should be though.  I spent the week without my Garmin and just ran the same 5-7 mile loops that I typically do.

Not worrying about pace this week was fun and I viewed most of my runs as outings versus strenuous runs.  They were relaxing, and I enjoyed them.  I actually began to feel confident going into the April Fools half marathon that I would be able to turn the lackluster training cycle around.  At first, the weather was supposed to pour rain, and then, it just didn’t.  It turned out to be a little bit windy but other than that, ideal conditions.

Monday: Easy 7
Tuesday: Easy 7
Wednesday: Easy 5
Thursday: Easy 5…was going to do 7 but felt like garbage so didn’t
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Easy 5
Sunday: Atlantic City Half (1:26.20)

On Thursday, I was both tired and exhausted so just decided not to do 7.  I actually don’t know if I ran 5 at all because I took the shortest route possible home.  I do know it was between 4-5.

To Briefly Recap the Atlantic City Half Marathon:

It was supposed to rain but then didn’t.  With the exception of wind, the conditions were ideal. I never felt great from the gun.  Before the race, I actually thought I might PR, or run well but it didn’t happen.  My splits ranged from 6:20-6:50 depending on the wind but the majority were around 6:30.  I didn’t meet my A goal (to PR), my B goal (to run under 1:25) but I did meet my C goal of finishing healthy.

What are my plans for next week?

This week, while not ideal for Broad Street I’m taking time off.  Maybe I’ll run this week, maybe I won’t.   The race as well as where I’m at mentally was a red flag that I do need a few days I need at least a few days off from running.

Questions for you:

How was your week of training?

Have you ever not met a goal during a training cycle?