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:
The first phase of my half marathon training (based on Hal Higdon Half Marathon Training Plan (Novice 2) is complete! I worked my way up to an 8 mile long run, and this week the plan dials back to a 5K on Sunday instead of another long run. Then, I’m going off the plan for a week for our epic bike ride to Michigan (zero interest in running after biking 50+ miles/day).
Here are the details of my week:
Did I mention that I love having something to train for? The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon on September 24, 2016 is quite the driving force for me to keep up with running consistently. Additionally, Zack and I are counting down the final weeks until our bike trip. We leave for Michigan (final destination still slightly TBD) on August 1! We’re planning on tackling approximately 250 miles over 5 days and finalizing the details as we speak – I’ll write a post covering our plans as soon as they’re all set.
In the meantime, here’s the rundown of my fourth week of half marathon training:
Today was epic. Today’s scheduled “long run” was 7 miles, furthest distance I’ve covered since August 2013. Here’s why it’s so monumental:
Sorry for the silence over the past few days – I was off porch sitting on Chautauqua Lake! My friend Allison’s family rents a cottage on the lake every year and is gracious enough to allow me to tag along!
I arrived on Tuesday and returned home early this morning…a few words per picture should capture the week well.
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I do much better when I have a big goal and a training plan to follow. In the absence of a training plan, I can very easily convince myself that the gym or a run can be skipped/avoided/put off until tomorrow. I am liberal with my “rest” days, convincing myself that they are required often (too tired, too sore, too little time, etc). Rest days in this context are not necessarily purposeful, and often a last minute decision quickly filled with regret or a guilty feeling. I am very much in favor of listening to your body and it’s signals for needing a break, but at least in my experience, I might give in to “rest” a little too easily.