Happy {Half} Marathon Monday!

There’s nothing quite like signing up for a race to get you feeling more focused! With no desire to run a full this spring (or really at any point during 2016) I want to improve my half marathon time. I’ve only raced a half 5 times, but I love the distance.

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Ocean City, MD on April 30th! I hope the weather is good because you never really know what you’re going to get in late April around here.

This past Monday marked the first day of the 12 week training plan that I’ve been Frankenstein-ing together from a couple different sources. Basically I have a couple different workout options on any given day which I think will keep me extra interested and motivated. Rest days are always Friday and long run days are supposed to be on Sunday, which is a new thing for me. I hope the next 11 weeks go as well as week 1 did!

Monday, February 8: 3 miles + strength. Both of the plans I’m working from suggests strength or cross training each Monday, which fits in nicely with my life because that’s when I generally go to Body Pump. I did that in the morning. Then in the afternoon, I took advantage of the last “warm” day we were supposed to have this week and did my 3 miles outside.

Mid-30’s is “warm” now. Yay.

Tuesday, February 9: I had a choice between 6 x hill repeats or 4 easy miles, so I hopped on the treadmill and combined the two. 8 x hills that were 400m apiece with a 400m flat in between equaled 4 miles. I was pretty darn proud of myself when this workout was over because I had cranked the treadmill hill setting higher than I ever have in the past.

Wednesday, February 10: Both plans were again in agreement on 3 miles and one of them also suggested strength training. I went to the gym right after work to run my 3, and then later on that evening attended a 60 minute Bikram class. Over the past months, my yoga practice has suffered and I feel like I’m as stiff as a board. There was a lot of improvement in this class over the one I went to last week!

Thursday, February 11: Tempo run. 2 mile w/u, 3 miles at half marathon pace, and a 1 mile c/d. I had to pick up Betty in the afternoon so I ran early in the morning. My body was still pretty sore from yoga the night before and it was tough, but I got it done.

Friday, February 12: REST. One plan suggested core work and I didn’t even do that much. I needed a day to just do nothing.

Saturday, February 13: Okay so remember when I just said that my long runs are supposed to happen on Sundays? Well I already messed that up in week 1.

I had some special mystery weekend plans and wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get a long run done the next day so I switched it to Saturday morning. 8 easy miles on the treadmill. One for each degree that it was outside at the time. Hence…treadmill.

One goal I have for myself throughout this training is to slow my long runs way, way down and I think I did a very good job of that the other day. I felt fantastic after this run.

Sunday, February 14: 4 mile run + 4 x 20 second strides. I didn’t get to the gym until the late afternoon, so I’m glad to have made the decision to move my long run. 19 degrees is better than 8, but in the end I just didn’t feel like putting on all the clothes that would be required to do this run outside.

Total Mileage: 28
Grade: A+

Still way more running on the treadmill than I really want to be doing, but I’ve been making it more challenging with big hill adjustments. Hopefully soon I can kick this ridiculous aversion to running in the cold and get back out on the pavement for the rest of my training.

Or rather hopefully soon it will be 70 degrees. Let’s go with that instead.

What are you training for right now? How was your week of workouts?

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

xo,

Salt

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26 thoughts on “Happy {Half} Marathon Monday!

  1. SuzLyfe says:

    Yesterday I was on the phone with my friend (who lives in Dallas but is from Connecticut) and said something to the effect of it being Only 17 deg. As in 17 deg was not bad. WHO AM I

    • runsaltrun says:

      Honestly that’s the main reason I didn’t go out. I felt like getting dressed would take almost the same amount of time as actually going. You know it’s going to be almost 60 this weekend, right!?

  2. sarahdudek80 says:

    I think training for a speedier half is a great motivator. Full training requires a lot and takes a lot out of you. I’m training for two fulls this spring and I’m constantly exhausted.

  3. Sweaty Mess says:

    Way to stinkin’ cold out this week. This weekend is looking much better for getting outside! I’m in some long ass training plan, so I’m in week 5, training for the Coastal Delaware Half the weekend before you. You should definitely head out to Loch Raven – the roads are pretty much clear (I had been there the two previous weekends – so running on the treadmill was a welcome break)

  4. Chaitali says:

    That sounds like a great idea to have a training plan with various options available on each day. And I’m definitely with you on the cold temps. I’ve taken a lot of runs indoor too but hope the weather gets a bit better and I can get outside more 🙂

  5. DarlinRae says:

    Looks like a great first week to me! I’m also trying to slow down for “easy” runs and long runs, and it’s helping with my overall energy levels and endurance. I can’t wait to see where this training cycle takes you!

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