Half Marathon Training Update {week 2}

dying at the end

Seriously, how attractive is this picture? WOW. This is me looking like I'm about to die at the end of the 5k on Saturday. I should probably pay more attention to the photographers at races and try not to look like an idiot in all these race pictures.

Josh made a pretty good face at the end, too!

josh at the end

Clearly, we are sexy runners! At least his eyes are open. ;-) Thanks to Tom Moran for the pictures.

Alright, on to the work outs from last week. They were pretty good... I made it to 3 of my 4 morning workouts, which I considered a success, especially for week 1!

Here was my schedule for last week:
Monday - spin, Guts & Butts class, Turbokick
Tuesday - weight training, speed run
Wednesday- spin
Thursday - weight training, tempo run
Friday - rest
Saturday - 5k race
Sunday - long run {9 miles}

Monday was day 1 of morning workouts! Did spin at 5:30 in the morning. My schedule allows me to go to the gym in the evenings on Mondays too, so Hope and I have been going to Guts & Butts and Turbokick. I love Turbokick! I didn't think that I would, but I do! And I caught onto it surprisingly fast {it only took 2 classes before I got the hang of it!}

Tuesday - slept through weight training :( Oops! Did my speed run though... 8 quarter mile repeats at a 9:00 pace.

Wednesday - did spin in the morning.

Thursday - made it to weight training in the morning! I loved it... I always love it once I'm there, but for some reason I always dread it. I realized during this class that I don't think I am using enough weights... so next time I'm going to try to bump it up some!

My tempo run was pretty hard... 5 miles at a 10:13 pace.

Friday was my rest day.

Somehow all week I kept forgetting that Saturday we were running a 5k. I pretty much forgot about it until Friday night. I was so proud of myself afterwards!!! But I already wrote about that...

Anyway, apparently the 5k screwed up my long run. I thought my knee injury was FINALLY getting better. My knee had been feeling tons better, even after long runs... after my 7 mile run last week, it didn't hurt at all! But I guess the hills kind of threw it off again. I ended up having to cut my long run short on Sunday. I was supposed to do 9 miles, but I cut it off right under 6. It started hurting around mile 4-5, but I knew that the treadmill was going to kick me off at an hour anyway, so I wanted to push through at least until then. I hate it when stuff like that happens, especially when I'm so close to the end. At that point, I only had 3-4 miles left and I just wanted to do it! But I know I have to look at the big picture and realize that it's only one run, and I have to let injuries heal so they don't get worse. My goal is the half marathon, not my long run on Sundays. It just stinks after having such a good run last weekend.

"Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about." -PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian