Week one of half marathon training is in the books!
It feels…strangely similar to the rest of my running life. I haven’t gotten to any of the crazy long runs yet, so this was a relatively relaxed week for me (running wise). That is a very good thing because I did not take my nose out of King Lear or Pride & Prejudice for the entire seven days. #notwinning.
So, it probably won’t surprise you to hear that I changed my mind about my training plan again. My knee started complaining, so I made the decision to pull out of indoor track, and possibly outdoor. I’m not willing to give up my 13.1 mile race, so my 0.5 one may have to get the cut. C’est la vie! Anyway, because of that, I switched back to Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 plan. If I go back to track then I will just jump into the intermediate one. Simple as that. For now, though, this was what was in store for me this week:
Saturday: Long run – 4 miles
Sunday: Cross training
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 3 miles
Friday: 3 miles
You may notice that I switched the days around, due to my work schedule, but everything else is identical! Annnd, this is what happened.
Sunday: Long run – 5 miles @ 7:48 pace
This was seriously the strangest run for me. I wanted it to be over at mile 2.5 but somewhere along the way I just got in the zone and cranked out what would be a RACE pace for me.
Tuesday: Arms + abs; 3.3 mile run @ 8:20 pace; ~2 mile walk
I’m really into building my arm muscles right now, so that’s currently all I feel like training. Running builds leg strength, right?
We had to be out of our apartment for an hour and a half, so instead of extending my run way too long for my fitness level, my mom and I went for a lovely walk after we finished running and then grocery shopped.
This was basically 15 minutes in the morning doing random exercises. I’m trying to make myself feel better about “trouble” spots by targeting them with strength training rather than lose fat.
Thursday: Arms + a suuuuuper tiny bit of abs/back
Friday: Abs + 3 mile run (this afternoon)
I suppose I need to work on following a schedule, hey? I do find his three weekday runs difficult to fit into my schedule given the fact that I work Wednesday and Thursday afternoon/evening. I know I could run in the morning but that would mean the treadmill given the late sunrise and, honestly, I don’t want to keep paying for a gym membership.
The plan is to run Monday/Tuesday/Friday/Saturday as you saw, and do cross training on Sunday. I would way rather do my long runs on Sunday, but since all my other runs will be in the afternoon and the race is at 7am, I think I need to practice running early.
Overall, it was a great week and I am SO excited for the 11 weeks to come!
How was your running/training/workout this week?