Yeah. Week 4 of my half marathon training? Not good.
The week started much, much colder than I anticipated, with temperatures of around 5 degrees F when I woke up in the mornings. I skipped my runs on Monday and Tuesday due to the cold, and I couldn't make them up after work due to other plans. The further the week progressed, the more stressed, more worried I became, because I had missed my runs.
Finally, I ran on Thursday. I'd go a week or so without running and picked right back up from where I had left off, but Thursday's run was pretty awful. I had a hard time settling into my groove, and I felt a little twinge in my left foot as I struggled. This worried me - any new, little injury makes me terrified I'll injure myself like I did last fall, and I'd have to drop out of yet another half.
Of course, Sunday's run was fine. I ran a nice, slow 4 miles in 35 degree temps (which felt like a heat wave to me, I loved it!) with no pain in my foot. My shins felt a little sore after the run, but I foam rolled them and stretched after my run. I felt so happy that I could run on Sunday with no issues, and it made me happy the rest of the day.
For week 5, I'm hoping to run 3 days - Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday, when I run a 5 mile race. I'm scheduled to run 7 miles as my long run this week, so I'm thinking I'll run 2 miles before my race to make it 7. I'm moving my normal Thursday run to Friday due to a potential winter storm on Wednesday and Thursday. Is winter over yet?
I really, really need to hit all my runs from here until race day. I love running in the mornings because I feel great the rest of the day, but it's really hard to be motivated when the thermometer hovers in the single digits! I'm excited to run my first half marathon and I want to run a strong race, so I need to put forth the effort in training to get there.
I know I can do this.