A few months ago I registered for my first half marathon. I decided to document the process of my training, hoping that it will help to keep me accountable to train strong. This is week two.
Monday July 14 – Sunday July 20
Total Miles Planned: 15
Total Miles Ran: 15
Favorite Run: Thursdays 3 miles felt perfect. My Garmin and phone were both low on battery, so I simply ran a one mile loop three times, taking about 30-60 seconds rest in-between each mile. I can’t forget how awesome it feels to run without a GPS or app telling me my pace. Definitely going to make that happen more often this summer.
Least Favorite Run: Did you know that you use completely different muscles walking as you do running? This is explains why my ass was so flipping sore after the 9+ mile walk I took with Nick’s mom last Sunday morning. I also realized that when you have a really long, hard training run, you can take off X amount of days from running for rest and recooperation, right? YOU CAN’T DO THAT WITH WALKING. I still had to walk everywhere: from the bedroom to the kitchen, from the car to the office, from my office to the copy room. There was no “rest day” from walking… there was just walking REALLY slowly and refusing to do anything “extra.”
Which explains why I didn’t run AT ALL Monday through Wednesday and saved all four of my planned training runs for the last half of the week. Because of this, I decided to merge two of the shorter runs on my plan together for one mid-sized workout. Saturday morning I did the 1 mile of hill repeats on the plan, followed by 3 miles of speedy intervals on the plan– 4 minutes running, 1 minute walking. I didn’t hate this run AT ALL, but by the end of it, I was feeling woozy. I think I was just a bit more dehydrated than I expected, and after some water and stretching I felt much better.
Other Workouts: One walk. One 7 minute arm workout. Goal for this week: MORE non-running workouts!
On Sunday, my iPod refused to do anything I wanted it to. Instead of listening to the podcasts I had loaded for my 8-mile run in the “Run & Stuff” playlist, I could only get the “shuffle all the songs” feature to start. Way better than silence, but I’ve had several instances of my Nano refusing to respond to touch-screen requests – has anyone else had this issue? I used to think it had something to do with humidity, but now I’m not sure that’s the problem.
Fueling Notes: After the way I felt finishing Saturday’s run, I made sure to pay attention to what I was putting into my body all day Saturday and Sunday early morning to be as prepared as possible for the 8-miles on the plan for Sunday. I drank lots of water throughout the day and knowing that I likely wouldn’t be up for eating anything in the morning before my long run, I made sure to eat dinner and snacks a little later in the day Saturday than normal. I packed a few Sharkies in my spibelt for if I was feeling weak part-way through, but didn’t end up needing them.
When I got home from the run I drank lots of H20 and made another awesome Coconut Juice smoothie, this time with some PB2 added for flavor and protein power. SO TASTY!
#THS13Point1 Reflections: I love running. I feel at peace when on the road. We’ll see how long this lasts ;)