Half Marathon Training Update {week 1}

it's official...

Well, it's official! There's no turning back now! I just registered for the half marathon!!! I guess I'm really doing it.. only 3 months, 1 week, and 6 days to go!

I felt great about my training last week! I feel like I have a new attitude and a re-newed sense of energy.. or something. I don't know if it's the fact that it's a new year so I have the "new start" mentality or if I'm just finally getting "into it." I think I've finally come to realize that it's going to be hard, and it might not always be fun, but I CAN do it if I work hard enough.... and it will be worth it.

Now, I might have a different perspective this week when all of my workouts begin at 5:30am.

But that'll be the point when I just picture crossing that finish line with my family & friends waiting there... and it'll keep me going.

Anyway, here was my workout schedule last week:
Monday - guts & butts class {core workout}, spin class, yoga
Tuesday - speed run, Crosstrain, weight training, yoga
Wednesday- guts & butts, spin, yoga
Thursday - tempo run, weight training
Friday - rest
Saturday - yoga
Sunday - long run

Monday I did guts & butts and spin class as planned.

On Tuesday I did my speed run. I ended up doing it at the gym on the treadmill {blah} because for one it was really cold outside and for two, I wasn't sure how much time I had between work and my cross training class. It wasn't actually that bad running on the treadmill.. I pushed through. The speed work itself was pretty challenging though, and I worked up a nice sweat before my 1st of 2 classes at the gym that night. Here was my workout:

  • run 0.25mi at easy pace
  • run 0.13mi at 9:00min pace
  • run 0.25mi at easy pace
  • run 0.25mi at 9:00min pace
  • run 0.25mi at easy pace
  • run 0.38mi at 9:00min pace
  • run 0.25mi at easy pace
  • run 0.50mi at 9:00 pace

it was definitely challenging, but I did it and it's nice to see progress and feel accomplished after working hard.

After that I did cross training and then group power {weight training class}. I really love cross training and I'm going to miss it... stupid school.

On Wednesday I did guts & butts, and then instead of spin, Hope and I tried out Turbokick for the first time! I was surprised at how much I actually liked it. It was hard because we didn't have a clue what we were doing, but we still had fun! I think it'll be a lot of fun once we actually get the moves down. I think we are going to start going to that on Monday evenings.

After that Josh called and said he was going to spin. Typically the classes fill up super quick, so I was almost certain I wouldn't be able to get a ticket 5 minutes before the class started, but I did! Miracle of all miracles! So I got to do spin too!

On Thursday I didn't exercise at all. Boo snow. I thought about trying to run IN the snow, but after I slid a million times just walking to my car, I figured running in it wouldn't be very good for my health. I also didn't make it to the gym to run on the treadmill or do weights either.

Friday - rest day... even though Thursday was too. I was going to make up my tempo run but between working and other plans time got away from me.

Saturday - I was finally going to do my tempo run but my coach {Josh} said to just go ahead and do my long run. Since there was still snow on the ground and the wind chill was something like 50 below {I made that up, but the point is it was really cold}, I had to psych myself up to run it on the treadmill....7 miles. We all know that I'm not a big fan of running on the treadmill, but you gotta do what you gotta do. And guess what? I DID IT!!! I was pretty excited because for one, the most I'd ever run before that was 5.5 miles, and for two, I've never run anything close to that on the treadmill... and I pushed through and did it! I didn't give up. And I felt great afterwards, too. I probably could have done at least 9 miles. So, at least I now know I can run over half of the half marathon without stopping :)

Coming up on week 2: This week starts my new schedule of morning workouts...
Monday - spin, guts & butts, turbokick, yoga
Tuesday - weight training, speed run, yoga
Wednesday - spin, yoga
Thursday - weight training, tempo run, yoga
Friday - rest day
Saturday - might try out Bootcamp at the gym
Sunday - long run

We'll see how this goes...!

"Running is a luxury that I am afforded. Not everyone has an able body and two legs to stand on. Someone somewhere is in the hospital begging God for the opportunity that you have. Take it and GO!!!"