Last week was Week 5 of half-marathon training. Holy Cow! I am now 47 days away from the Get in Gear Half Marathon (April 28th), which also happens to be the day my friend Stacy is getting married. She posts updates on the count-down on her Facebook page…. and I freak out a little on the inside knowing I am less than 7 weeks away.
But…. I’ve got to just keep logging the miles. Here’s my break-down of last week:
Monday - Jay and I took Monday as an improvised “rest day” since we did the Ride of a Lifetime the previous Sunday. I burned over 1400 calories and was on the bike for 2 hours (click to link) – I don’t feel bad about allowing myself a day to rest and relax.
Tuesday I met Sara at Lake Calhoun for an outside run. She’s a much faster runner than I, but she wanted the company while she logged 5 miles. We ended up running 5.5, walking 1 – a total of 6.5 miles. This worked out great since I wouldn’t be logging my “long run” of 6 this weekend because of an upcoming race. The company was wonderful, the weather was beautiful, and it was overall a FUN time. (Yes, running – FUN. I know, right?)
Wednesday I got up early for a quick 2. My legs were like CEMENT! It was horrible trying to get them to move forward. I knew I wouldn’t be breaking the 24:00 mark (less than 12:00/mile), but I still logged the miles.
Thursday was another hard AM run. I was physically and mentally exhausted, and I felt like The Universe was working against me. I couldn’t find the speakers to listen to Netflix while I ran. I got behind on my schedule. My legs just wouldn’t go. But I logged 3.5 miles and have never been happier to finish.
Friday was a rest day. Amen, I love them.
Saturday was the 100% Irish for a Day TC 5k & TC 10-mile. Click for yesterday’s recap. It was a great race, beautiful weather, amazing run. My legs felt great and strong. I finished :40/mile faster than the race a month ago and I am SO PROUD of me for rockin’ it and Jay for finishing the 10-mile race.
Things I learned during this week of training….
1. Make it work. Rather than trying to run 3 other miles along with my 5k on Saturday, I logged 6.5 on Tuesday with a friend. Changing my schedule so I can STILL run the miles but not fatigue myself or stress or worry about the timeline. Making it work. I can do this. I can change “the plan” if I need to, especially to fit my life and demands. Being consistent about logging the miles and making it work.
2. I love racing. I talked in yesterday’s post about the comradery and fellowship that comes with running a race with your friends – and seeing them at the finish. Truth: I will probably never win a 5k. That means, there will ALWAYS be someone cheering for me at the end. I loved seeing my blogging (IRL) friends and knowing we support each other in our goals of healthy living – especially running races.
3. I don’t know everything. Jay and I are still working on the weight-loss piece of this “healthy living” journey. I’ve been trying to follow The Runner’s Diet and I have yet to take updated measurements to see the progress I’ve made in the past few weeks. It’s a challenge, it’s a struggle and it has definitely kept me humble. Because even though I killed it at my 5k, I can’t help but wonder….
How well would I have run this race if I weighed even LESS?
47 days, my friends. 47 days until I run 13.1 miles, and I am DETERMINED to make every single day leading up to the Get in Gear Half Marathon the best eating, training, and overall day I can make it.
Here’s to Week 6!!