Half Marathon Training 1/18 – 1/24/16

And just like that, week 4 of training for my first half of the year is DONE! I’m still struggling a bit with some ITB pain some days, but for the most part it’s going really great. I feel so different training now than I did a year ago while I may not be any/much faster.

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Monday: Yoga class, 60:00

Tuesday: 3 mi, 31:30. I was rushed to get this done, and didn’t leave enough time after eating a heavy dinner. I regretted it and almost upchucked on the treadmill, but I made it through in time to watch (of course) Pretty Little Liars.

Wednesday: Tempo day, 5 mi total. 4 miles @ 9:41 with .5 mi WU/CD. The last mile was so tough, but I pushed through mentally and was so proud of myself for it.

Thursday: I planned to run, but my stomach was wonky after dinner. I waited until almost 9, and within a minute my IT Band was really not happy with me. So I was smart and got off.

Friday: 3 OUTSIDE miles (10:20 avg pace). It was sunny and 25* with a wind chill of 15* and it was glorious. My knee felt the best it’s felt in weeks, and my easy miles were evenly paced.

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I always walk this “swinging” bridge, and it makes a beautiful picture spot.

Saturday: 45:00 fitness class. It was supposed to be slow flow yoga, but there was a sub and she was just plain wonky. I tried to be open to it, but it was weird. Instead of leaving relaxed and stretched, I left with a headache and a pissy attitude. I would have rather stayed home and done yoga by myself. BUT then we got a new family addition…

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I have a friend in NH now! But actually, Penny is 8 years old and is the sweetest cat. She’s warming up to us very quickly!

Sunday: 7 mi (1o:40 avg) on the treadmill. I wish I didn’t have so much going on, becuase if I had been able to wait two hours I would have ran outside. I followed up the run with an hour on snowshoes volunteering at Special Olympics practice. I totally lost a 25 meter dash to a kid and almost fell on my face.

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Weekly total: 18 mi.

This week was tougher mentally than physically. During my long and tempo runs I struggled in the last couple of miles, but I was really able to reign in my thoughts and stay strong. Normally thoughts of it being “hard” and me thinking I can’t keep going cause me to run short, but not this week. I feel really proud of my runs this week. It’s funny, my week was almost exactly the same as it was a year ago mileage wise, but my body is feeling much healthier. I’m really starting to accept my body’s limits so I can do my best without hurting myself.

I’m linking up with Megan today. Head to the link to see how other people did with their training last week. Thanks for hosting, Megan!

How was your week? Were you able to run without getting snowed in?

 

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12 thoughts on “Half Marathon Training 1/18 – 1/24/16

  1. I love following your training–great job! I did my 7 miler indoors, and it looks like all of my runs this week will be inside too because of the two feet of snow sitting outside. I’ll just suck it up and get it done!

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    • Thanks Jen! I’m glad I found your blog because I like following along as well! I hope the snow melts for you sooner rather than later. At least you seemed to have fun taking in the storm! Just think of how good the pavement will feel after the hampster wheel 🙂

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  2. Great job this week! I was able to get most of my runs in but nothing over the weekend. And I have no idea when I will be able to run outside again- anything that was shoveled/plowed has turned to ice! And I don’t think all this snow is melting until April.

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  3. We somehow escaped the storm in Cleveland, so the weather didn’t impact me at all! I’ve always wanted to try snowshoeing, but I know it’s hard. There’s a big snowshoe 5K in Michigan, and you get to be in the elite corral if you can run it under 30 minutes!

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    • I’m happy you made it out without getting piled on! Snowshoeing is so much harder than I thought – especially with my mom’s old shoes, which are a bit too big for me. That sounds crazy! I don’t think I could do it that quickly on snowshoes, ever!

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  4. NIce job, Sam! Loved your comment about snowshoeing – that’s a HARD activity, I tell ya what!

    Mental weeks are tough. It’s like, sometimes you can break through a physical wall (aside from ITB pain), but mentally… those are HARD walls to tear down. Way to get it in and get it done!

    Thanks for linking up again too! 🙂

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