Frederick Half Marathon Training – Week 3

I woke up this morning and didn’t sound like a man for the first time in two weeks!!  Ever since I came down with this cold (that actually turned out to be bronchitis) my voice had dropped an octave and definitely could have been mistaken for a man…possibly an older one who smoked a lot of cigars.  Waking up this morning and being able to be vocally identified as a female again was a relief – mostly because that means this being sick nonsense is over.  Also, since I’m rather fond of being a woman, it’s nice to sound like one again.

This is my weekly training recap – I’m training for the Frederick half marathon in May using the Hanson’s half marathon training program, hopefully for a new PR.  I have found this really helps with accountability – it’s much harder to skip a run when I know I have to fess up online at the end of the week.  In addition to the blog, I post my daily workouts on Instagram. I also have linked up with other running blogs and reading about how other people are training and doing is also definitely helpful.  I’m currently joining a linkup with Courtney and some other fellow runners.

Week three is still about rebuilding mileage, which is good because I don’t think I would have been able to swing any SOS (something of substance) runs with how I was feeling earlier in the week.  I wasn’t honestly sure if I should take some time off training to let myself get over being sick –  I didn’t feel strong or 100% but since I didn’t have  a fever or feel ill, I did feel that I should at least try to keep with my training schedule.  Maybe that wasn’t the right decision, but I figured my body would let me know if it was a mistake.

The other complicating factor  is the fact I’m doing a Whole30 and Sugar Detox right now, so the lesser amount of sugar/carbohydrates in my diet right now, also could be a contributing factor to me feeling run down.  So, this week I also took care to make sure I was eating extra carbs before and after workouts.


  • Planned:  Rest or cross-train
  • Actual:  Rest – I was definitely feeling run down after running Thursday – Sunday, so I decided to take the extra rest day this week.


  • Planned:  4 easy miles @ 10:30 – 11:30 + strength/cross-training  workout
  • Actual:  4 miles @ 10:52 on the treadmill followed by an hour in the gym with the trainer.  I ran on the treadmill because the weather was damp and rainy and it didn’t feel too bad, but the workout that followed was TOUGH.  I couldn’t finish some of the higher weight sets on upper-body and struggled with cardio (which never happens.) I felt really drained after the workout and was giving serious consideration to going to see the doctor.  I just didn’t feel like I was getting any better.


  • Always a rest day, even when I’m at the top of my game.  The cold didn’t seem to be changing and I was tired of feeling tired, so I made the decision to see a doctor.


  • Planned:  4 easy miles @ 10:30 – 11:30
  • Actual:  4.5 miles @ 10:29.  Another run that felt pretty awful but should have been a piece of cake – which just further convinced me that going to the doctor later that day was the right thing to do. And as it turns out, I had bronchitis and started on antibiotics that evening.



  • Planned:  4 easy miles @ 10:30 – 11:30
  • Actual:  3.5 miles @ 11:00.  Of course, I woke up on Friday morning expecting the z-pack to have performed a miracle and I would be all better and back to 100%.  Nope – still feeling weak and generally run down.  I forced myself on the treadmill and it did not feel good.  It was also inauguration day – so in all honestly, NOTHING about today really felt very good.


  •  Planned:  5 easy miles @ 10:30 – 11:30
  •  Actual:  5 miles @ 10:40.  I was a little funked out today because it was the Women’s March and I’d been planning to head down to DC for the day to participate. I woke up still sounding like a man with a very bad cough and decided that standing outside in damp weather all day was probably a bad idea for my recovery.  I wasn’t happy about making that decision, even though I knew it was the right one.  However, I did head out for a run in the afternoon and it actually felt pretty good.  I wouldn’t say that I felt 100% strong but I felt better running than I had in awhile.  Yay!


  • Planned:  4 easy miles @ 10:30 – 11:30
  • Actual:  4.28 miles @ 10:51.  I joined the Oiselle Voleé team last year and there was a team run with two of the women that head up Oiselle – so I headed into DC for a team run.  This was a nice way to wrap up the week – it’s been frustrating not feeling well for so long and I was also feeling a little lonely and isolated (since I didn’t want to get anyone sick I haven’t really been very social) so it was nice to be around people, see some of my running friends and make some new ones.  Pic from @summittosoul.

oisellepicTotal Miles for the Week:  21.3 miles

Total Miles for this Training Cycle (and the year):  47.3 miles

I finally feel I’m on the mend and am looking forward to a “normal” training week.  Bring on Week 4!   How’s your training going so far?


Running for Medals. And Bacon.

7 thoughts on “Frederick Half Marathon Training – Week 3

  1. Sorry to hear you had bronchitis, I bet it’s nice to sound like a woman again, lol! Great job on your runs for the week, especially since you weren’t feeling well.

  2. Glad you’re starting to feel better! I felt like it took me forever to get rid of my cold and it takes its toll where running and training is concerned!

    Despite not feeling too great you seemed to have had a great week of training, so good job!

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