Half Marathon Training: Week 1
Yesterday marked the end of the first week of my half marathon training. Overall, it was a good week, though running 4 consecutive days might have been a little much. I was definitely looking forward to a day of rest/cross-training by Saturday. Here’s a brief rundown of the week’s activities:
- Day 1:
- Upper body strength training at the gym.
- Week 4, Day 1 of the One Hundred Push Ups Challenge
- Day 2:
- 4 Miles Easy @ 10:14 – In reality, I did this run at a 10:06/mile pace, but I felt good.
- Lower body strength training – I’m not ready to give this up yet.
- Day 3:
- 4 miles Easy @ 10:14 – This run was at a 10:05/mile pace, but it felt harder than the previous day’s run. My HR was lower than it was during the previous day’s run. I am guessing that the difficulty was due to tired legs.
- Week 4, Day 2 of the One Hundred Push ups Challenge.
- Day 4: Tempo Run – 5 miles, including warm up; 3 miles @ 8:40; cool down. Third run in as many days in the early morning. Easy to get up this morning. First two tempo miles felt good, but the 3rd mile I was just trying to hang on.
- Day 5:
- 4 miles Easy @ 10:14 – Warm and muggy for this morning run. I was dogging it by the 4th mile. My pace was a more pedestrian 10:11/mile.
- Full body strength training at the gym in the late afternoon.
- Day 6: Yoga class at the gym – this was the hardest yoga class I’ve attended…lots of long holds.
- Day 7:
- 9 Mile Long Run @ 10:14 – hip/upper thigh soreness late in mile 3 and early mile 4, but then it went away. Averaged 10:06/mile. Ran the second half faster than the first half, and the final three faster than either the first 3 or middle 3 miles.
- One Hundred Push Ups Challenge – test (58).
I think that covers it. For the week, I ran 26 miles, did 2 upper body strength workouts, and 2 lower body strength workouts, 3 pushup workouts, plus one pushup test, and one yoga class. It’s no wonder I am tired!