Well, it’s a little late to be writing my training plan for the week, given that we’re two days in, but here goes nothing! Though my shins held up (for the most part), the 11 mile long run totally kicked my butt. I cannot even imagine running 2.1 more miles…when I finished the run on Sunday I couldn’t even imagine taking one more step. 2.1 more miles. 11 days.
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:
Well. Starting a new school year in a new role was quite the reality check in terms of running. I was so confident going in to last week…nothing was going to stop me from half marathon training! I was going to stick to my workout schedule even if it meant becoming a morning exerciser!
Man, was I wrong. It’s obviously not a surprise that sticking to a workout plan is WAY more difficult when you actually have to plan…and not just find time to run in your otherwise wide open day. I miss summer already.
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:
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:
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.