Training Update+Unplanned Rest Day

Today I’m taking an unplanned rest day, hoping to kick this tiny little sore throat that wants to turn into a full blown cold. I’m fighting it with early bed times (went to bed at 8pm last night), all the natural cold remedies in the world (Vitamin C flush) and not running. I’m hoping that after a nap and a good nights sleep tonight I’ll be back at it in the morning. Fingers crossed. I’m just glad it is this week and not next week.

Before I get into my training recap for last week I want to say a HUGE congrats to Emily, one of my coaching clients who ran a great race and so close to a PR despite windy conditions at the Toronto Half Marathon this Saturday. Way to go Emily! Congrats on a 1:44 finish!

Way to go Emily (in the blue).

Way to go Emily (in the blue). Photo thanks to Emily.

So last weeks training looked something like this:

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Monday: Rest. This was my first rest day in 16 days. I actually contemplated running in the evening because I didn’t feel like I needed rest. I wanted to run. But I’m glad I did. I needed the mental break.

Tuesday: Ten easy miles. Hip/Core and PT exercises.

Wednesday: Three easy miles to the track. 8x200m. In retrospect I should have run these 200’s at 5K pace. I ran them at training pace so they were 41-44 seconds each. I think  running them hard was maybe why my legs felt a little dead at the beginning of the 5K on Saturday. Three easy miles home.

Thursday: Rest day. KB workout with hip, PT and form drills.

Friday: Five easy miles. Chose a hilly route just because I was sick of running the flat route. Maybe the flat route would have meant fresher legs on Saturday  morning?

Saturday: ~4 miles of warm up and cool down. Barrington Peeper 5K in 19:45! Woohoo! New PR. Read the recap HERE. And then 7 easy miles in the afternoon.

Sunday: Ten easy recovery miles. Form drills, PT and hip exercises after.

I wanted to be more in the 55 range and would have been if I hadn’t taken Monday off, but it was still a solid week and the race was fun. Only 12 days to the marathon! Whaaaat?!?

How’s your training going? What are you favorite natural cold remedies?


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  1. Sarah Hussey says

    EEEKKKK!!! I can’t wait to see how you do in your Marathon! I’m so excited for you. I love reading your blog posts with your training updates! Congrats to Emily on her half, that’s awesome!!! So speedy!

  2. says

    I, too, struggle with taking rest days. Especially with all of these sunny days, my mind always tells me that I’m feeling good enough to run. But you still got so many miles in this week, great job!!
    When I’m feeling a cold coming on, I like neocitran as a remedy and an early bedtime.

    Good luck with the final stretch of marathon training!!

    • scanney says

      Thank you! I’m trying to stay as neutral as possible and not put too much expectation on it:) so I can be relaxed going in. But I am excited! I feel like for the first time I’ve done the training necessary to actually reach the goal I want so I’m feeling pretty good:) thx!

  3. says

    I hope you feel better soon and in time for your marathon! I was sick a bit before mine and I think it was still in my system on race day :(. That wasn’t fun. It usually takes a day or so for any illness to get out of my system fully and where my workouts aren’t affected. Definitely a good idea to be proactive and take a day off if you need it! Congrats on your amazing 5K too, that is awesome!

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