NAFHALF Training: Week 12 & Weekly Wrap!

WWGuest-HeatherHappy Sunday and welcome to the Weekly Wrap! I am super excited to be a host this week. Holly and Tricia are taking some time off from hosting duties this summer and I am beyond honored that they have trusted me to be a guest host this week. If you’ve never joined the Weekly Wrap, I strongly encourage you to give it a try! It’s an amazing way to discover new blogs and make new friends!

The rules are pretty simple. Visit and comment on as many blogs as you can, including the host blog. Please do not drop a link and leave – let’s support each other!


I went with the flow this week, which led to only two one runs, but I swam and met with my personal trainer twice. I’m leaning more and more towards dropping down to the Navy 5 Miler (instead of the Half Marathon). My goal of PRing my half marathon time is not likely to happen and the more I push, the less fun running is becoming. I’ll still be running the Double Dare Challenge at Disneyland two weeks before. But that weekend is just for fun, not for time. I’d like to drop down in distance and be able to look forward to the race, rather than toeing the line knowing that I haven’t put in the time to reach my publicized goals.

Have you ever dropped down in race distance?
Have you ever lost your race/running mojo?
What did you do to get it back?

Monday 7/31: AM: Walked to work (2.5 miles) | PM: Swim 450 m (30:43) 6:14 min/100 yd


Tuesday 8/1: Personal Training: Lower Body (60:00)
Wednesday 8/2: Personal Training: Upper Body (60:00)

I only have two more sessions with my personal trainer! I’m so sad, but the reason I signed up for these sessions was to kick start a weight training program. It can be hard to do it on your own, building a strong foundation and to keep going. I would highly recommend a few sessions with an expert to help you get started or even to break out a rut!


Thursday 8/3: Walked to work (2.5 miles)
I was anticipating running to work today, but I didn’t quite prepare enough (leaving enough clothes and lunch food at work), so I just packed up my backpack and walked to work.20170804_075230

Friday 8/4: Rest

Saturday 8/5: Hungry Apple Challenge at the Hardest Cider Run 5K (51:06) 16:26 min/mi

This was probably one of the prettiest courses I’ve ever run – but man, was it HARD! It had rained early the morning of the race, which made for a very slippery and muddy trail. Look for the race recap later this week!


Sunday 8/6: Rest – cleaned up a storm and enjoyed an easy Sunday with Roswell!

Total mileage for the week:  8 miles
Total mileage for NAFHALF training cycle:  87.14 miles

29 thoughts on “NAFHALF Training: Week 12 & Weekly Wrap!

  1. Chocolaterunsjudy says:

    I’m wondering if there’s some story behind those mushrooms? We get bright yellow ones in our backyard. It’s kind of bizarre.

    I’ve been lucky so far — no DNS, No DNF, and never dropped down (but sure wished I’d dropped down to the 10k for ZOOMA Annapolis — ah well, live & learn).

    Running should be fun. Of course it’s hard, and sometimes we don’t want to do it, but overall it should excite you. So maybe dropping down is the right decision.

    • heathermundwiler says:

      I’m not sure about the mushrooms – we’ve gotten a TON of rain lately, so they’ve been popping up ALL over the place! Thanks for the insight, you’re right! Running should definitely be fun!

  2. Michelle @ Running with Attitude says:

    I have dropped down from a half to the 5-mile distance, and can totally relate to what you’re saying about the more you push the less fun running is. It’s great to have the option of the shorter distance.

    Thanks for guest hosting – great to discover your blog!

  3. kookyrunner says:

    Love your photos from the 5K yesterday – so pretty!

    I haven’t had to drop down a race distance yet, but I’m thinking I might have to drop down from the Rock n Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon to the 5 mile option in October. It’s a week after the Chicago Marathon so I’m not sure how my legs will feel!

  4. Coco says:

    Cute medal! I haven’t dropped down a race distance, but looking at my calendar I don’t think I will be able to ^race^ either of my fall 10 milers. I just have too much cycling and business trips on my calendar to train properly.

  5. Amy Lauren says:

    I’m also a weekly wrapper but will be posting tomorrow.

    In January I dropped from a marathon to a half. I got injured and just never got to train for the marathon. I was able to run the half and set a new PR. It’s always better to drop down than run a race you’re not prepared and trained for, risk getting hurt, and merely “survive” the race. In the end you want it to be a fun experience.

    Trail running can be super hard! You just never know what to expect out there and trails change with rain, storms, falling limbs, and weather conditions. Congrats on getting the race done though!

  6. Sara Runs This Town says:

    Thanks for hosting this week! I haven’t had to drop down in any of my races yet but if training hasn’t gone according to plan I always readjust the goal. Or in some cases, I’m just a dumb runner than plows through even if it isn’t the best idea. That’s what I get for being stubborn lol. Hope that things turn around and you find joy in your running again!

  7. Clarinda says:

    I vote that if you’ll have more fun at the race if you drop down, then you should drop down. No shame in setting yourself up for success. 🙂 How cool that you’re able to walk to work. My office is 13+ miles away. 🙁

  8. Fairytales and Fitness says:

    I wouldn’t feel bad about dropping down to the 5 miler distance. I’ve never dropped down to a shorter distance after registering but I have on purpose registered for a shorter distance and its still been as much fun as completing the further distance!

  9. Kimberly Hatting says:

    The 5K race sounds interesting, and those trail runs are tough! Mud does not play nice. Dropping down to a shorter distance is a great strategy if you’re just not in the mindset to go further (or, like you said, don’t feel like you’ll be ready for it). If you do decide to drop down, you will instantly feel a dramatic reduction in stress….I think the debate as to whether to do a shorter distance like that (or not) is actually worse than running the longer distance. Good luck 😉

  10. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says:

    Nice to see you cohost this week!
    I’ve downgraded my distance for a race before – from a marathon to a half marathon a few years back, and I was really undertrained but still finished! Moving to a 5 miler sounds like the right decision to me!

    When it comes to getting your running mojo back, sometimes a little break is needed – you could simply be burned out!

    Congrats on your race – you often see beer at the finish but I’d love to try that cider!

  11. Karen Bayne says:

    Muddy trails are tough, but it was very pretty! Congrats on the race 🙂
    A trainer is a big help with the strength training, it can be intimidating until you get use to routine.
    I’ve run most of my halfs just for fun and not worried about the time lol

  12. findingfabulousatfifty says:

    I’ve dropped down in race distance once when I just wasn’t adequately trained. It’s always better to listen to your body than push yourself to a potential injury. I’ve also ran races injured that I shouldn’t have …so there’s that. I’ve been in sort of a running ‘funk’ myself this summer. I think the summer heat and humidity coming right on the heels of my last half marathon set the perfect stage for me to take some much need time off from my first love. I’ve been cycling all summer and doing more strength training. It’s been fun and I’m beginning to get the running bug again….so I guess it worked!
    Thanks for hosting Heather and so nice to meet you …I can’t believe that I’ve not clicked on your blog as long as I’ve been wrapping up each week here! This was a great idea to help us meet new bloggers 😉

  13. Emily Renteria @PNW Mother Runner says:

    I have never had a personal trainer or running coach, but they sure seem very beneficial! I have never dropped down in race distance, but I guess I’ve never signed up for a race that offered a shorter distance to choose from! Thank you for being our guest host for the Weekly Wrap!

  14. Sharon says:

    Nice week! I have had to drop from a half marathon to a 10K due to being sick. I had bronchitis and decided a 10K was better to run that the half. 🙂 Way to go on your 5K. Running on a muddy trail is a lot harder!

  15. Hannah (@prep4adventure) says:

    I’ve dropped from 10K to 5K distance – then couldn’t even run the 5K because I was sick. I would definitely drop down from a half if I hadn’t put in the training I wanted, because I’m not one of those people who can run that for just for fun!

  16. jessicam1407 says:

    Working with a personal trainer, even for a short time can give you so much valuable info! I’ve learned so much from trainers that I’m able to apply on my own later.

  17. Vicki says:

    I haven’t had to drop down in distance in a race… but I think I definitely would if I hadn’t been putting in the training, or adjust the goal of the race to just have some fun.

  18. Chaitali says:

    It sounds like a good idea to drop down your race distance if you’re not enjoying the training for it anymore. I did change from the 10k to the 5k the day of for a race once when I just couldn’t handle the heat and humidity. I feel like I know I need to make a change when I start dreading going out for runs.

  19. Christine @ Into the Glimmer says:

    I’ve dropped from a full to a half, and from a half to a 5-miler. And it was always the right decision! For the full, I simply didn’t have the time to train (even though I thought I did); for the half drop to 5-miler, I was sick with a nasty sinus infection.

  20. says:

    Thank you Heather for taking over this week! I think it is important to realize running needs to be fun. When you suck the fun out, you just don’t want to do it. Don’t get to that part so kudos to you on realizing you may need to drop back rather than push!! No shame at all in that!
    I really enjoy my sessions with my personal trainer and if at all possible I hope you can continue!

  21. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style says:

    No shame at all for dropping down a distance! If pushing yourself isn’t making you happy, do what you have to do to be happy. Life is too short to not be happy, right?!

  22. Debbie @ Deb Runs says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever had to drop down in the distance at a race, but I have had to skip a race due to an injury.

    I’m a personal trainer and running coach and I’ve trained other trainers and had them train me. It’s always motivating to work with someone different and have to step up to new challenges, even if you are a fitness professional! 🙂

    Thanks for guest hosting!

  23. HoHo Runs says:

    Heather, thank you so much for being our host for the Weekly Wrap! I hope you found some new connections. I think it is normal to feel a little blah about running from time to time (I call it summer — ha ha). The mojo usually comes back after a while. I dropped down from a half to a 5k this spring because I didn’t have enough time to train after injury. I thought I’d feel bummed about it but had just as much fun running the 5k.

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