Week 6 of Avengers Training was a Rough One

 

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My streak of making getting all my training runs in for the week ended in week 6 of Avengers training. This week was just brutal. I missed Tuesday’s training run due to feeling under the weather. I don’t know if it was allergies or the start of a cold or just exhaustion. But, by the time I got home from work, I couldn’t go. I thought to myself that I’d make it up on the weekend.

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On Wednesday, I did make it out for a run. However, it was not a good one at all. I was still battling what knocked me out on Tuesday. But, I thought to myself that I needed to try. I still had the chance to get all 3 runs in for the week. So, out I went. Mile 1 was hard, but I was able to make it through in 12:12. It wasn’t a bad time to finish the mile in. So, I thought this might be one of those runs where I felt tired at the start, but pulled off a great run.

So, in mile 2, I made the switch to a 60 second walk break again. Right from the start of mile 2, I could feel it. I was going slower than I should have. I mean, cutting down my walk break from 90 seconds to 60 seconds should mean a faster mile. Right? As each quarter mile went by, I could see that I wasn’t taking back any time. By the 1.75 mile mark, I knew my 2nd mile time wasn’t achieving what I wanted it to achieve. I pressed on hoping to take back some time. However, I finished mile 2 in 12:12. Total time at the end of mile 2 was 24:24. The good news is that I was consistent. Two miles at 12:12 each. The bad news is that I had a shorter walk break in mile 2. When I saw the time for mile 2, I decided that this just wasn’t my day. So, I went back to the 90 second walk breaks to finish the run out.

During mile 3, I tried to get to a place, mentally, where I could just enjoy the fact that I could run. My finish time wouldn’t be as good as I had been getting used to. But, A slow run is better than a skipped run. Right? Mile 3 was a battle. I finished mile 3 in 12:54. That was disheartening. Even though I was telling myself that my time wasn’t going to be great and that’s okay, I still hated being so slow.

Mile 4 felt better than mile 3. However, it turns out, I was just as slow. I know I can finish 4 miles and somehow just finishing didn’t feel awesome to me. I finished mile 4 in 12:54. It’s kind of weird as I look back at the splits. The first two miles were finished in 12:12 each. Miles 3 and 4 were finished in 12:54 each. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a run like this one.

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As you can see, my finish time was just over 50 minutes. I had really hoped I could keep it under 50 minutes. But, it just wasn’t meant to be. I know that bad runs will happen. Thankfully, there will be time to better than this.

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I thought I’d be able to make up my missed run over the weekend. After continuing to battle this cold or allergy attack on Thursday and Friday, I thought I’d be ready Saturday to tackle another track workout. Brooke and I had some plans for the weekend that simply did not work out. The plans failed so horribly that it killed the entire weekend for running. I won’t go into specifics. Mostly, it was just something we thought would be okay, but didn’t work out.

On Sunday, I watched the Men’s Marathon at the Rio Olympics. It was amazing to watch Galen Rupp earn the bronze medal in just his 2nd full marathon! However, it was sad to see what a bad Meb had. He not only finished 33rd, but had this happen to him right as he got to the finish line. Of course, how Meb handled the situation was pure awesomeness!

This interview shows why I think so many of us absolutely love Meb. As I watched this back at the end of Sunday, it was a good thing for me. At the end of a week where I only got one run in, it’s good to know that, even Meb, has bad days. In spite of the bad day he was having, he kept pressing on and finished the race! That’s exactly what I’m going to do. Week 6 was not my week. However, each week gives me an opportunity to see progress. I can’t look back and change anything. So, I head into week 7 ready for a fresh start and an opportunity to hit all 3 runs again.

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To end this post on a high note…Sunday was my wife’s birthday. We were so exhausted on Sunday that we didn’t get to do too much to celebrate. However, we did make it out to IHOP for a birthday breakfast! Colton managed to sleep through the entire breakfast. It was the highlight of the day and a really good breakfast!

So, the week wasn’t entirely bad. Just my training. It’s time for a bounce back week! Bring it Week 7! I’m comin’ for ya!

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Spotify runDisney Playlists Lead to New Tunes on My Playlist

A few weeks back, I reported that Spotify had teamed up with Walt Disney Records and runDisney to put together playlists for the Disneyland Half Marathon, Wine and Dine Half Marathon, and Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathons. You can read about it here. Thus far, I’ve tried out the Disneyland Half Marathon playlist and the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon playlist. Unfortunately, I went with the free membership with Spotify. So, that meant I had to deal with ads popping up. Also, with the Avengers playlist, I was noticing that there were maybe 6 or 7 songs that kept repeating themselves. It worked much better with the Disneyland Half Marathon playlist. I am pleased to report that two songs have jumped onto my playlist as a result of this experiment (with others soon to follow).

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Week 5 of Avengers Half Marathon Training – Consistency is Hard, Yo!

Week 5 of the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon training is now in the books. There were 15 training runs on the calendar through this week and I’ve finished all 15! So, I’m off to a fantastic start. On top of that, I’m watching improvement on the mid-week 4 mile runs! Unfortunately, this is summer and my weekend long runs are suffering under the heat. I’ve finished the distances. But, the runs have been slow. Let’s look at how it all went down.

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Tuesday night, I headed out for another 4 miles. As I did, I was seriously questioning how I should approach the run. The previous Wednesday, I finally broke the 48 minute mark and I really wanted to keep that going. Tiredness for these runs are becoming the norm. It hasn’t seemed to effect the finish times too much. So, I think, going forward, I’ll only mention it if I feel deathly tired…like questioning my sanity about running because I’m so tired…and when I’m feeling energized and ready. I thought a lot about switching my run/walk intervals to doing a straight run 30 seconds, walk 60 seconds, as opposed to switching to this interval after mile 1. I decided to give the switch one more week. Read more ›

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Disneyland Half Marathon Event Guide and Corrals are Here!

Let the excitement over the 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon begin! You know that we’re close to race weekend when the event guide and corrals go live! On Thursday, runDisney put up the corrals and event guide. So, let’s take a look.

2016 DL Event Guide Cover

For the first time, there will be no hard copy of the event guide for a runDisney event. So, everything is digital. To view the entire guide, click here. I really like the format of this event guide. I think that, because they aren’t having to print it out for race participants, they got much better graphics. I love it! Let’s look at some of the interesting point of the guide. Read more ›

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2016 Wine and Dine Medals Revealed!

 

Ladies and Gentleman, runDisney keeps the medal reveals rolling. Monday, we got to see all the medals for the 2016 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend. Let’s take a look…

2016 Wine and Dine All Medals

This is the whole group of them. It’s quite a set! Read more ›

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