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Posted by on Sep 18, 2016 in Running | 0 comments

Half Marathon Training, Week 1 Recap

Hola! I don’t usually blog on the weekends, but I wanted to pop in to share a quick recap of how week 1 went down of my half marathon training! You can see the schedule I’m following here.

Monday: 5 miles @ an 8:22 pace + 3 hill sprints (about 35 seconds in length) – this run felt really hard, despite the ‘easy pace’ because I ran a very hilly course

half-marathon-training

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 35 minute tempo run comprised of a 10 minute warm up @ an 8:40(ish) pace, followed by 15 minutes at a 7:30 pace and then a 10 minute cool down at an 8:30 pace, then 10 more minutes of walking. I also completed a 10 minute ab circuit following my tempo run.

Thursday: 45 minutes of strength (21 Day Fix Upper Fix + a NTC workout) – I opted out of the optional 3 mile run for this day because Dave was out of town and I didn’t have anybody to watch Atlas and Andi Rose.

Friday: NTC Workout (Dave was traveling back home this day and so I couldn’t make a run work with him not here)

Saturday: 7 mile run @ an 8:08 pace. This run was hot and humid and I didn’t love the course, but overall I felt pretty good with that pace.

long-run

Sunday: 21 Day Fix Dirty Thirty workout

I think I did a good job sticking to my schedule this week and to be honest, I didn’t miss that 3 mile run on Friday. 4 days of running may end up being too much for me, as I think my body does best on 3 days of running. I feel like I can run faster when I’m not running quite as much. But I’m going to stick to the training schedule as best as our personal schedule allows for the next 2 weeks and then reevaluate where I am and where I want to be. I may end up dropping down to 3 days of running, but I want to at least give it 2 or 3 weeks with the added mileage to see how my legs feel. I may be forced to drop down to 3 days of running just because at home workouts are more realistic since I don’t always have Dave around to watch the kids so I can run…we’ll see!

My plan is to post these weekly recaps each Sunday, so after my half marathon I can go back and see how my training worked. If I get a time I’m super proud of then I can refer to these recaps moving forward and if I get a time that isn’t so stellar I can go back and look to see where I may have gone wrong in my training. And if you’re training for something, hopefully these posts will serve as motivation for you. 🙂

Happy Sunday!

What was your favorite workout of the week?

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