And yet another week of slacking on half marathon training! I only ran 11 miles this week and missed 2 workouts/runs. I was trying to figure out why I am so unmotivated to run lately and I think it's just been a combination of a few things. First, I've been busy with work on the weekends. As a wedding photographer in Las Vegas, spring is our busy season and April & May were busy for us. So, my long runs haven't been as consistent as they should be because I scheduled them on, you guessed it, the weekends! So after shooting a wedding & being on my feet all day Saturday, waking up at 5am on Sunday to run 6-8 miles just isn't gonna happen for me. I didn't plan that one too good, huh? Next, it's been crazy hot here in Vegas and I'm not a morning person. So, waking up at 5am to run outside before the heat really sets in, is not my thing. I've tried running at sunset and although I don't mind it, life starts happening in the evenings; kids need to be fed, bathed, homework needs to be checked, etc. I find too many excuses to miss evening runs. Lastly, I've had lots of other races scheduled. In the past 2 months I ran 6 races, including the Badass Dash & Tough Mudder so I had to train hard for those obstacle course races and running kinda got put on the back burner.
Ok, so now that I am done with my excuses...It's time for a solution. The half marathon is 6 weeks away and it's time to put in the miles! I have no races scheduled for June (YAY!!) so I'll be focusing on running up until the half in July. I have rearranged my long runs to work around my work schedule this month, so I won't have that as an excuse anymore. I still prefer to run outdoors, so I'm really hoping to get most of my long runs done outside either early mornings or evenings. It won't be easy, but nobody said training for a half marathon would be, right? Plus, I have been taking advantage of the gym's indoor track and running there on weekdays and plan to run indoors some weekends too depending on my schedule. For longer runs, I intend on breaking it up with treadmill and indoor track. For those of you who have been running way longer than I have, do you think this is a good strategy to use for indoor runs? I just get so bored on the treadmill and running in circles! Also, do you have a good system for tracking distance indoors? My Runkeeper app is wonky inside! LOL and I tend to lose track quickly of how many times I run a lap! HELP!!! All advice is welcome and much appreciated!!