Double Digits!

Compared to week seven, I crushed half marathon training week eight! I don’t know why I’m always surprised by this fact, but the more planning the better when it comes to workout consistency. Last week, I made sure to take into consideration my anticipated workload in my new role, social commitments, and our weekly meal plan schedule to make sure I hit each of my workouts. Here’s the breakdown:

Monday – 16,800 steps throughout the day = 60 minutes of cross training (right?)

Tuesday – Rest Day! + TRX & Kettlebell class

Wednesday – RalaBala Sweat and Feast! – My workout plan technically called for a 3 mile run on top of the sweat and feast activities, but we ran to and from the workout location, and ran quite a bit during the high intensity workout (including suicides). I decided that even though it likely wasn’t 3 miles of running, all the burpees and squats and crunches counted for something and did not run any additional miles.

Thursday – 5 mile run @ race pace

Friday – 3 mile run a little too late in the day for my taste (dark + sidewalk cracks + general klutziness = fail). Decided to push the strength training session to Saturday night.

Saturday – Rest Day! + 60 minute total body strength training

Sunday – Vinyasa power yoga + 10 mile run! Longest and fastest long-run to date! Double digits! So very pumped. And sweaty – I went through two complete sets of workout clothes before dinner time. My yoga clothes were so drenched that when I ran into a coffee shop after class, someone asked if it was raining outside…it’s fine.

10 miles!

This week features another dialed back long run – just a 10K. I searched for a practical 10K race option, but the only options for this weekend involve either an hour drive or a beer focused “half half” which seemed awesome, but super pricey given the fact that I can’t participate in any of the after race festivities. Instead, I’m just going to run the 10K on my own and hope to jump into another race or two before the Mighty Niagara Half Marathon.

Onto Week Nine! (Hal Higdon Half Marathon Novice 2 Program)

Monday – 60+ minutes cross training (18 mile bike ride to Platform Brewery for Zack’s birthday!)

Tuesday – Rest Day! + 75 minute vinyasa yoga

Wednesday – 3 mile run

Thursday – 5 mile run

Friday – 3 mile run

Saturday – Rest Day! + total body strength training session

Sunday – 60 minute vinyasa yoga + 10K!

The half marathon is a month from tomorrow! I cannot wait. I hope you have a great week!

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