I can hardly believe I’m already on to week THREE on half marathon training!
One (extremely important) thing I’ve learned in this short amount of time of training is to take it one. step. at. a. time. Sometimes when I look too far ahead into the training plan or even think about the goal in sight, it seems impossible. I must remind myself to take it one workout at a time. One mile at a time. Some days, quite literally one STEP at a time.
I’ve also learned and realized how thankful I am to have Lifelong Endurance by my side every step of the way. The accountability surely helps, but trusting the process is a great feeling. I know I couldn’t be in better hands and that the plan is laid out for me – it’s just up to me to put in the work!
Let’s see how week 2 went!
(8/14/17 – 8/20/17)
Plan: 6 miles easy/6.00/58:17/9:43 min/mile
Ran: 6.05/57:44/9:33 min/mile
It was a warm afternoon run, but wasn’t too bad – it was “only” 92 degrees! The first mile I felt stiff but felt better and better as the miles went on and felt great afterwards!
Plan: 2 miles easy, 5x 3:00@8:30-8:00, 2:00@9:30, 2 easy/7.5 miles/1:07:38/9:01 min/mile
Ran: 7.51 miles/1:10:08/9:21 min/mile splits: 10:13, 9:34, 8:45, 8:41, 8:47, 9:42, 9:39, 9:43
Another warm day but I didn’t let that ruin my run! I took my warm up and cool down seriously, though 🙂 and I hit all my paces! It wan’t easy… but it’s not supposed to be! Pushing myself like this is
a little much different than I’m used to (I usually just run slow and easy), but I am loving the challenge. The specific workouts make the miles fly by!
Plan: 5 easy miles/5.0/48:45/9:45 min/mile
Ran: 5.01/48:30/9:41 min/mile + kickboxing
I have been starting realllly slow. I have a bit of a bothersome muscle (left upper hamstring) that has been taking a while to warm up. It bothered me to start today but was fine after a few miles. I spoke with Coach about it and have a plan of action (warming up & self massage) so I’m not too worried at this point. The “feels like” temp today was 105 so I was pretty wiped after this run! This whole running-in-the-summer-heat thing is starting to get to me!
Plan: 3 easy miles + cross training/3.0/29:15/9:45 in/mile
Ran: 3.02/28:43/9:30 min/mile + spin class
It was GROSS outside. Not to be a Negative Nancy, but I was glad when this run was over. It was humid, and about 6 thousand tiny bugs plummeted to their death on my sweaty body in a matter of a little over 20 minutes. Straight to the shower I went and felt slightly better afterwards. Even small tasks like grocery shopping are pretty miserable in this heat and I think that being sticky with sweat throughout the day was making me just plain grumpy! Keepin’ it real here…
Plan: 6 miles “Out and Back” – 3 miles easy, 3 miles @ 8:30 or faster/6.0/55:30/9:15 min/mile
Ran: 6.01/54:48/9:07 min/mile splits: 10:31/9:41/9:31/8:29/8:24/8:05
I needed a huge attitude adjustment today! I did a lot of walking. I felt discouraged. I found myself getting way ahead of myself and thinking I’m tired… I won’t hit my paces… I won’t be able to do my long run tomorrow… I will never be fast… woah woah WOAH! I made myself stop. I made myself stop thinking so far ahead and focus on TODAY’S run. THIS mile. I had to do this a couple times and take it one single mile at a time. After this run is when I learned I can’t think too far ahead. I CAN handle today’s workout. And I proved that with this run. And that’s what matters.
Plan: Long run/6 miles easy, 3 miles @ 8:30, 2 miles easy, last mile hard/12.0 miles/1:57:00/9:15 min/mile
Ran: 12.01/1:50:20/9:11 min/mile splits: 9:21, 9:43, 9:44, 9:58, 9:38, 8:14, 8:29, 8:14, 9:37, 9:42, 7:53!
IT FELT GOOD! Don’t get me wrong, it was TOUGH. BUT! I did NOT expect it to feel good. At all. After last week’s 14 miles being… how do I put this… MISERABLE… I was feeling a little pessimistic about this week’s long run.
The humidity was down a bit and I got an early start, so it didn’t feel terrible outside. I also had a great running buddy who paced me the entire time and made sure I was on track. I brought my apple sauce and had water stops along the way. I did stop to walk a couple times, but not much. The run felt much more manageable than I thought it would! I just felt overall really great about this run. I needed this run.
Total miles for the week: 39.5 (64K)
How have you been managing in the heat?
Have you ever had a streak of “bad” runs? Did it pay off in the end?
Upcoming races: Plano Balloon Fest Half Marathon (September 24), Portland Marathon, Half (October 8), BCS Marathon, Half (December 10)