I posted several weeks ago about my half training plan, but haven't given an update in a while. I spent the last month or so running 3 times a week, 30 minutes each, in order to prep for the official start of my half training plan. As I've mentioned, I've run for years, but never more than 3-4 miles. I've ran a few 5k races, but nothing more.
After having my kids, running has been way harder. Both finding the time and running with the jogging stroller. However, I'm making it work and really enjoying running again!
I'll be updating each week, with my Stats for both my records and anybody else interested in training info. I know how helpful it is reading other people's training plans/stats/info/thoughts, so I want to make sure I share mine.
A couple things to mention, too:
- I'm running without the kids. After about 2-3 runs pushing them in the DOUBLE jogger in the heat, I gave that up quick. Now, I'm running solo before it gets too hot!
- I'm running 4 days a week (one of those is my "long run) and I'm getting in 2 days of full body weights. I'm trying to do those 2 days on 2 of my running days, so I can make sure I get a couple good rest days in. My body (and sanity) needs rest days!
- I'm doing a BUNCH of stretching and foam rolling. Every night, you can find me in the floor for a good 15-20 minutes stretching and rolling. If I feel tight or sore, I stretch and roll a LOT. Nights before a morning run, the next day, I make sure I stretch a bunch. I also stretch before AND after my runs!
- My training plan is a Run/Walk (RW) plan. I'll follow a RW ratio during the actual race, too.
I'll follow this outline each week, to update how things are going:
My thoughts on this week's training:
It felt so exciting to officially be in my training plan now. I've been talking about it for a while now and prepping for weeks, so it's nice it's finally started! I'm taking it all a run at a time, and not thinking much about what's to come. That's too overwhelming for me! :) I bought some new wireless/Bluetooth ear buds that I love. And I started an audio book (Love Story by Karen Kingsbury) and am loving listening to it as I run!
My Stats for this week's training:
This week's runs were 2-3 min run/walk 3-4 min
30 min run: 30:05 / 2.32 miles / 12:55 pace
30 min run: 30:58 / 2.51 miles / 12:18 pace
30 min run: 30:19 / 2.36 miles / 12:50 pace
2.5 long run: 31:45 / 2.50 miles / 12:40 pace
What was hard this week?
The humidity/heat. But I'm still able to miss the worst of it, so that's good! I'm a sweater so I'm always drenched no matter what.
What was easy this week?
My motivation and excitement was easy this week. I know that won't always be the case. Several mornings I got up simply because I was excited to keep listening to my book, or use my new earbuds for the first time. It's the little things! :)
Any aches or pains?
Oh geez, what doesn't ache? LOL Like I mentioned, I am stretching and rolling a lot, so that helps BIG TIME. I was pretty sore in my hamstrings and lower back after my weight workouts this week. My left knee hurt for a couple days, but it's better now. My plantar fasciitis hasn't been any worse, so yay! I'm wearing special inserts in my running shoes and making sure I wear supportive shoes throughout the day, too. I stretch specifically for that, too, each time.
Here's to week 1 behind me, and moving on to week 2!!