Monday, May 16, 2016

Half-Marathon Training, Week 12

The Chicago Spring Half Marathon is Sunday! I'm ready. I just hope the weather is nice, and by nice I mean in the 60s and not raining. Is that asking too much? It IS Chicago. ...

I battled some anxiety as well as physical pain this week. My shoulder has been sore for about five days, so I'm looking forward to a few more days of rest and recovery before the race. The anxiety stems from unexpected financial obstacles we're facing that are really the last thing I need right now on top of moving and big changes on the way for us. I can't take much more of this stress this year. But that's a story for another post. 

Here's how the last week of training went:

Monday: Rest day.

Tuesday: 1,7 miles at Orangetheory.

Floor exercises included:

  • Deadlifts to rows
  • Lunges to single-leg squats with straps
  • Planks to knee tucks
  • Tricep extensions on bench
  • Single-arm swings from squat position
  • Bicycle situps with weights
  • Bench jumps

Wednesday: Rest day.

Thursday: 2.5 miles of inclines at Orangetheory. One block was at 2 percent incline, one was at 3 percent and the last one was at 4 percent. We also did two 300-meter rows.

Floor workout:
  • Incline chest press
  • High rows on TRX strap
  • Reverse crunches
  • Knee tucks
  • A bunch of other chest and shoulder workouts

Friday: Rest day.

Saturday: Rest day.

Sunday: 5.31 miles.

Week's mileage: 9.51
Yoga minutes: 20 minutes


I did not intend to have four rest days this week, but I crumbled amid my stress this week. You would think it would motivate me to burn off the tension, but it had the opposite effect: I wanted to curl into a ball and not move. The weather didn't help matters; it felt like 35 on Saturday morning. I put off my planned run until Sunday.

Resting my shoulder and yoga are my plans these next few days before the race. I need to take my own advice about my yoga practice: Breathe and remember you can't control anything but your reaction. Wish me luck, please!

What are your fitness goals? Let me know in the comments!

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