Sunday, 5 May 2013

1/2 Marathon Training - Week #1

Happy Sunday everyone!

It's been a crazy busy week.  Budgets and month end at work have made for 12 hour days and weekend work. Booooo!  This week was week #1 of Hal Higdon's Novice 1/2 marathon training program.  This week is low mileage....thank god...because I'm just getting back into the swing of things.

Here is a recap:
Monday - called for Stretch and Strengthen - in my books this means 8-minute Abs (see prior post for link), my IT band stretches, 8-minute arms, and clam shells.

Tuesday - called for a 4.8k run - I did 4.25.  My legs felt so I was running with tree trunks (as Heather would say).  She says I have to remember to hydrate during the day.  I find this soooooo hard to do as hydrating means frequent pee breaks at work...and I just don't have the time.

Wednesday - 3.2k run or cross - this was a long day at the unfortunately this did not get completed.

Thursday - 4.8k - I did some stretching and such...but no run.

Friday - called for rest - I did 4.0k at what I'm calling 1/2 marathon pace = SLOW.  When I'm running along and it becomes tough, I reach for my go-to song that pulls me through.  Watch the below video and let me know if it gives you goose bumps.  If he can do this....I can run another sweat!!!

Saturday - 30 min cross - I took Indy for a long walk on the trail....we are so lucky to have such a beautiful trail within quick access.  We do have to contend with the possibility of coyotes and therefore I studied this poster at great length today.

BLT Trail

I also bought a new workout tool.....a weighted hula hoop.  This one is 1.5 lbs.  The girls at work were raving about it and I thought I'd give it a try.  The sales person at Spartan said to work up to 10 minutes a day or else I'd bruise myself.  Let me tell you....he was right.  Not even 2 minutes into my first 'workout' and my abs were's harder than you think.

Sunday - 6.4km - Wow...complete without pain!  There tons of runners, walkers, and bikers on the trail.  I was Miss.Social as Heather would say....waving and saying Hi to all who passed.  What a gorgeous day for a run....the first t-shirt run of the year!!  Bring on the warm body seems to thrive in it.

With busy days, comes quick and easy meals.  After my run on Friday, I came home and made a quick supper of a grilled cheese sandwich and a pear.   So simple...yet so yummy!  There is something about a grilled cheese that makes me feel like a kid again.

So there you have it....week #1 is under my belt.  Next week is simply a repeat....thank god.  I can do this problem.  And it looks like warmer weather...LOVE IT!!

What race are you training for? 

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I am so proud of all your hard work. :)