Philadelphia Half Marathon Training Week Eight

by - Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Week Eight was a cutback week, something I desperately needed at this point in training from both a mental and a physical standpoint. Unfortunately, I took the "cutback" part just a little too seriously and ended up slacking big time. Although, I have to admit my legs felt pretty well rested after this cutback week.

Training So Far:
Week One
Week Two
Week Three
Week Four
Week Five
Week Six
Week Seven

Week Eight:

Monday: Rest

After my doubleheader football game on Sunday, I could barely walk I was so sore. The entire back of my body hurt from my lower back down through my butt, hamstrings, calves and ankles. Getting in and out of my work chair was painful, so a rest day was definitely in order.

Tuesday: 3 miles easy

I was still sore from football, so I took this run nice and slow.

Wednesday: 5 x 800

Since I skipped my intervals on Monday, I rescheduled them for Wednesday, subbing them for my tempo run. I'd prefer intervals to a tempo run any day, and this workout went pretty well.

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Unplanned Rest

I was supposed to do a long run of 6-9 miles on Friday, but in the morning I was too tired to get up. I planned to do it after work, but then I got invited to happy hour with friends, which sounded way more appealing than running.

Saturday: Tailgating and Rest

Sunday: Spectating at MCM

I'm counting spectating at MCM as time on my feet. I stood from about 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and by the time I got back home my feet were killing me. Sure it wasn't running, but six and a half hours of standing counts for something in my book.

Total Mileage: 7.5ish miles

So yea, Week Eight was a bit more of a cutback week than it should have been. Skipping my long run was probably not the best idea ever, but I just couldn't muster up the energy and the willpower to get out of the door. But mentally the cutback week was what I needed. I'm already feeling more motivated about my workouts this week and I'm determined to get them done and finish out training on a high note. Only a little over two weeks until race day!

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