Last week was a step back week. I didn't really feel like I needed it but by the end of the week, I realized that I definitely did. I'm feeling better about this training cycle each week and feel like Sea Wheeze is coming up quickly.
This is the first half I've trained for in 3 years and it feels like I'm so far behind where I should be, because from the marathon standpoint, I am. I should have trained for a strong half this past fall instead of jumping into marathon training, but when I entered the Chicago lottery in March, I thought I'd be able to start running right away.
One thing I'm noticing about this training cycle is that I'm finally starting to feel like I'm training again. I'm running on days when I just don't feel like it and am actually having good runs on those days. I'm relishing rest days as just as important as training days, and I'm actually cross training. Now, if I can actually mix strength training into this, I'll be in great shape!
Here's a look at how last week's training went:
Monday: 2-mile time trial with 1 mile warm up. This was tough. My legs were tired from the dancing all night at Ally's wedding and then running 6 miles the next morning. It was incredibly hot..the kind of heat that can only be broken my a thunderstorm...but I still managed to run under a 9-minute pace for the 2 miles.
Tuesday: 50 minutes of at-home yoga
Wednesday: 3 miles easy
Thursday: 40 minutes of at-home yoga and a roughly 3-mile walk to and from a work event. It was a gorgeous night and my training plan called for yoga or a long walk, so I did both!
Friday: Rest. If you can call it that. My sister was in town and we walked 12 miles all over DC. When I got home that night, I felt like I had just run 12 miles.
Saturday: 4 quick miles before spending the day wandering around DC with my sister...this time for only 6 miles.
Sunday: 2 easy miles and 30 minutes of at-home yoga followed by a massage, where my therapist was astounded at how tight my calves are.
Total Mileage: 12
I'm already feeling good about this week. I did not want to run last night, but had a great 3.5 mile run anyway. Tonight, I'm meeting up with Tracy for some outdoor yoga!
4 weeks down, 10 to go!