Half-Marathon Training – Week 6
March 18th, 2012 | Ann
Oofdah. I can’t believe I’m half done with training for the Get in Gear Half Marathon in April! This past week was hard…. really hard. Here’s the breakdown -
Monday was an unscheduled rest-day. Because sometimes, you just need to listen to your body. And take rest.
Tuesday was a stiff and sore AM run. 4 miles on the treadmill before work. I turned on Spirit of the Marathon on Netflix and had a pretty good run. I also had my post-run chocolate milk -
Tuesday afternoon, the weather was so beautiful, I joined Jay at Lake Nokomis for a workout. He ran 4 miles while I walked Biscuit and enjoyed the beautiful weather. It felt good to walk (about 2 miles) and spend time outside after work.
Wednesday was a quick 2-mile treadmill run in the morning. It took me 23:00 – an 11:43 pace. SO EXCITED to be under 12:00/mile!!
Thursday was supposed to be 4 AM miles. By Wednesday night, I knew I was feeling tired and needed the extra sleep…. plus, with the weather forecast -
Jay and I decided to log 4 miles outside after work. We headed to Como Lake in St. Paul and before the run, I was feeling BAD. Really bad stomach ache, mentally exhausted and stressed – I really, really didn’t know if we’d finish the run. We did 1 mile, and I completely broke down.
I cried during our run. I felt absolutely awful. Physically, mentally – I was beat down.
But we kept going. Another lap around Como. Walking and running – 2.6 miles total. Not the 4 for the training plan, but certainly better than nothing. It was a good reminder that there are some good runs and some bad runs. And the bad runs help put the other runs into perspective.
Friday was a rest day.
Saturday is normally our long-run, but we postponed it 1 day for some other fun activities: in the morning, I cheered on the Get Lucky 21k with Hannah. I got to see Lisa, Jen and Jason run this half-marathon. I had a BLAST cheering for them! After that, Jay and I went to the Sports Show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Sunday was long-run, 6 miles. We went to Lake Harriet (beautiful, warm, 70 degree weather), and planned to run 2 laps around together. The run didn’t quite go as planned – I’ll talk more about it later this week – and I ended up logging 5.75 miles.
This week was one of the hardest training weeks, thus far. Here’s some information and lessons from Week 6 of half-marathon training -
1. I’ve started using Daily Mile -
It says my username is AnnF6 so add me if you want to follow me on dailymile.com.
2. Just keep going. Half-marathon training is really hard. And I’m getting so bogged down with so many things – distance, pace, nutrition, blogging, stress. EVERYTHING. But at the end of the day, it’s about fueling my body and logging the miles.
3. That being said…. I also need to stretch. I am SO BAD about stretching! Especially with AM runs, I am on a tight timeline to shower and leave for work. I always say, “oh yeah, I’ll stretch after work.” but it needs to happen. I can’t make it another 6 weeks without stretching and foam rolling diligently.
4. Sometimes the course changes. Not literal, like running course, but figurative “course” of life. I’ll be talking about this in the next few days and some of the changes I’ve seen in the past 6 weeks.
5. I am becoming healthier, stronger, and faster. My weight has changed. My measurements are changing. And my pace is improving. I’ll get into details later this week but I wanted to say… 6 weeks into training is a different picture, even from 3 weeks ago.
6. Fail to plan? Plan to fail. Stick to my training plan, log the miles (plan my times – AM/PM) and give my body the healthy fuel it wants and needs -
Also – watch for information about the next New Runner Night at Marathon Sports (50th & Penn Ave – Minneapolis) on Wednesday. I can’t wait to share more details and hopefully I’ll see you there!!
Thank goodness Week 6 is done. I’m looking forward to a strong Week 7 and getting closer to the race on April 28th!
Lots of friends raced this weekend – did you? If so, how did it go?
How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?