Half Marathon Training 2/15 – 2/21/16

In less than two weeks I’ll be running half marathon #7! As shared last week, I’m in a bit of a frustrating place with my training right now, but I’m determined to make it to that finish line. I didn’t do as much as I wanted to last week, even for a “recovery” week, but at least I didn’t do nothing.

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Monday: Yoga, 60:00. This week’s yoga class was “energizing” yoga and it was wonderful! My legs felt completely refreshed after it. My quad/hip pains were GONE until the next morning when I sat in a “little kid” chair at work.

Tuesday: Pilates/Yoga, 50:00. My legs didn’t feel relieved like they did on Monday, but it was a great core workout. I will keep this class in my schedule when I can make it! Foam roll + trigger point

Wednesday: 2 miles easy (11:40 avg)., 20 minutes elliptical, ITB work out. The ITB felt fine, and my quad/hip flexor didn’t hurt any more or less. Foam roll + trigger point

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Thursday – Friday: Nothing but some foam rolling on Thursday. I was super sore from the ITB work out! It was two crazy days with some good news that I can share soon!

Saturday: Leg weights. I went to go to Yoga and it was the teacher from a few weeks ago that I didn’t like (she does Kundalini Yoga). NO thank you.

Sunday: 7 miles easy (11:30 avg). The quad/hip felt fine after half a mile, but my ITB started acting up at mile 4. I felt fine fitness wise, it was just that damn leg.

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I started watching Forrest Gump for the first time on the treadmill.

Weekly miles: (womp womp womp)

It’s obvious to see that I’m not happy with where my body is right now. I’m having a hard time with feeling like my heart, lungs, and mind are so ready for this race, but my legs feel like they’re just stuck. I was doing so well through week 5 and as soon as February hit, my progress stopped. Looking back, I can’t pick anything that was really new or stressful for my body except for my first 800’s. Maybe it was the speed work that I’m trying to incorporate more of? Maybe it was the increase in yoga and I went into some poses too fast? Part of me is blaming my hip pain on the fact that I sit alllllll day at my internship. At my first placement I sat in “little kid” sized chairs, and with my new placement I’ll be sitting in a car a lot as my supervisor travels all over to give therapy. It’s going to be a long 6-7 weeks.

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With my race in two weeks, I’m taking my friend Beth’s advice and just doing my best to be healthy. Eating and drinking well, foam rolling, sleeping enough, and running EASY. I’m hoping to get in more miles this week, but will keep them slow like I did last week. As long as I can get in a 9-10 mile long run next weekend, I’ll feel alright about the race.

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10 thoughts on “Half Marathon Training 2/15 – 2/21/16

  1. I sit a lot at work too and try to make an effort to get up every hour and walk around for a few minutes. It’s tough though! I’m so excited for your race–the fact that you’re running a half marathon is awesome!

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  2. I used to drive alot for work and my body did not like it at all! Now I sit all day, which is a little better because I can move around as needed but still not ideal. Just do what you can over the next few weeks, and I’m sure you will be able to complete the half!

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  3. Whenever I sit for too long my legs start hurting too. I had a history of ITB and hip flexor problems. I’ve added monster walks with a resistance band to my routine and it seems to have helped!

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