Half Marathon Training Update {week 3}

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This picture has nothing to do with this post. I just hate posting without a picture.. so you get a picture of some chocolates! Sorry for the sweet temptation so early in the morning!

Well... if anyone watches The Biggest Loser, you know that week 2 is notorious for not being very great... well, I'm in week 3 of training but I'm going to compare it to week 2 on The Biggest Loser. It just wasn't that good.

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

Monday I skipped spin in the morning. I don't really remember why at this point, but I did. I think because it was MLK day and I had the day totally free so I just decided to go in the evening. I can Monday evenings anyway, so I'm not sure that I'll always go to spin Monday morning. It's nice to have some sleep, too... and sleep helps your body heal and recover. But then again, if I don't go to spin Monday morning I can only go once a week and it's even harder for me to go on Wednesdays... so we'll see.

Anyway, I did end up doing Turbokick though. I LOVE it!

Tuesday was the only day I actually made it to the gym in the morning. I don't know why because I always feel great after I go.
I also did my speed run which was five 1k repeats at a 9:00 pace. It was pretty challenging! {1k is equal to 0.625 miles...or 3.1 miles altogether - hence the term 5k for a 3.1 mile race}

Wednesday .... yeah, somehow slept through spin. I don't remember why now... Probably because I was tired after Tuesday and knew Wednesday was my long day at school. Yeah, I know, not a good excuse...

Thursday I slept through weight training {I know, I know} but did my tempo run. It was 4 miles... 1 easy, 2 at a 9:45 pace, 1 easy... not too bad.

Friday was my rest day.

Saturday I had no plans of working out, but I ended up going to weight training in the morning and then to Elise's new class called BOOTCAMP. I've been trying to up my weights in weight training and I could really tell after Saturday. I was SORE {and still am!}

Bootcamp was hard! It was kind of like my old favorite Crosstrain class, only about 10 times harder. I loved and hated it all at the same time!

Sunday I totally sucked at my long run, which was supposed to be 9 miles. It was nice temperature-wise outside {around 50 degrees} but it was raining, so I was debating between running outside and running at the gym.. I ended up going to the gym. Which I guess was good because Josh did his run {supposed to be 10 miles} outside and stopped after about 5 because the rain was cold and miserable. However, I also stopped at around 5 because apparently they had the heat on or something in the Cardio Theater.

So yeah. Overall I would say week 3 kind of failed. But really, I guess it wasn't a total loss. Not every week and every workout has to be perfect. I guess I just feel like I have to stick to my schedule exactly and one mess up equals failure... which I know is a bad way to think. I still got in some really good workouts and some really good runs. And I'm still adjusting to my school schedule and the whole getting up early thing. Lame excuses, I know. I know the majority of my problem was that for some reason, mentally I just wasn't totally into it this week.

BUT THIS WEEK THERE ARE NO EXCUSES!!! :o) My mom has decided to train for the Anthem 5k... and her enthusiasm is inspiring me! I'm so proud of her! She is going to ROCK IT!


"It takes awhile to understand that the whole idea isn't to beat the other runners. The real competition is against the voice inside your head that wants to quit."
- George Sheehan