Monday, August 5, 2013

(Half)Marathon Monday

We're 10 weeks away from the Baltimore Half Marathon, which means I'm 2 weeks into training! 
I wanted to write a little more here about my training and workouts, kind of just as a journal that I can track what works/doesn't work, etc.  I won't be offended if you don't care about these details and skip most of this!

So here's this week's training!
 Urbanathlon group training #1 - read about that here!

Run 3.5 easy (36:42/10:30 pace)

Strength program at the gym, then stairs and bleachers with my Urbanathlon pals - we ran 1 lap around the track and then did 2 runs up and down the bleachers, and repeated for a total of 6 rounds. It totaled 2.03 miles at a 10:55 pace!

Rest Day.  This was unplanned.  I planned to run 3 this day and rest Saturday, but my hips/legs were sore from 3 run workouts in a row so I listened to my body and rested.

Strength program at the gym, then 30 minutes on the elliptical

3 miles easy - which felt AWFUL!  I went out in the rain on purpose, but it stopped raining right as I started and was just muggy and gross! (11:13 pace - bleh)

 LONG RUN DAY! 8 miles (1:28:40/11:05 pace) 
I felt good! I ate half an Ezekiel muffin with some PB and jam on it, plus coffee.  Then I did a little warming up, took my EnergyBits, grabbed my water bottle and headed out.  I took a long route through country roads, which was very different from my last round of training when I did a lot of ups and downs on neighborhood streets. I only took a small 8 oz bottle of water with a half tablet of Nuun in it to carry, but I wish I'd stashed another halfway through the run - I was dreaming of water the last 2 miles!  I fueled midway with 3 dates and 3 dried apricots (about 100 calories plus natural sugar).  The weather was great and I knocked 7 minutes off the last time I ran 8 miles!

I spent a little extra time stretching, foam rolling, and doing some yoga on Sunday, too!

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