I have successfully completed my first week of half marathon training! Let us take a look at what I did – compared to what I planned to do:
I was VERY happy that I incorporated some strength training 4 days this week. It is critical for injury prevention and it just helps me feeling “normal”. Nothing compare to having some sore muscles from a nice, hard strength training session!
My weekended training plans will be interchangeable – as I will do my long runs on the day that is most convenient for me. Although I planned on doing a Sunday long run – I am headed to my parents later this afternoon – and decided that Saturday would be the better dayQ
So far, I am feeling pretty good about training (I mean – I AM only 1 week into it…). I won’t lie – yesterdays 6 miles was tough because of my calf pain – and I question my ability to double my distance – and then add another 1.2 miles. But – I know I will be able to do it!!
Now – let’s take a look at next week’s plan:
I am glad I am not “scheduled” to run again until Tuesday – although I probably would have taken the time off anyway just to give my calf a breather!
This week’s fear workout is the tempo run. I know I never really do them right. And I know they aren’t do fun. Any suggestions as to how I can do this properly/and have fun (okay…fun may be a stretch) … let me know!
The workout I am looking forward to MOST this week is my long run! Why?! Because it is with Kaitlin! First partner run!
A few other things that I’d like to get off my chest about this half marathon thing/training thing before we bid our farewells…
First – I am having an awfully hard time setting a goal (like.. a finishing goal). I mean – goal #1 is to finish. I struggled with this during my 10K too – unsure of what my pace would actually be. Then I blew any and all expectations out of the water and averaged a 7:33 mile (something I never fathomed was even imagineably.
See – I don’t want to set myself up for a let down. BUT I also want to challenge myself! For your first longer race – was your goal to finish – or did you set a time? I mean.. even if I DON’T set a time publicly…. you know it is still going to be chillin’ out in the back of my head…
And secondly – I am having a hard time with the 3 or 3.5 mile runs. Whenever I set out to run – I cover at least 5..usually 6. SO – I feel like I am not giving my body the workout it is used to. Yes – I am completely aware that this will help to prevent injuries..I KNOW that I am following a good plan and can’t run myself into the ground – but I am just sharing a little internal struggle with you!
Alrighty – dear friends! I am off to do a little X-Training and then head up to my parent’s house. Anything fun planned today?!