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Half Marathon Training (Week 3) and Why I Run

I feel like the theme of this half marathon is going to end up being “it didn’t go as planned but it went.”  Like in week two, I had to make some adjustments, but in the end, it all worked out.  Maybe even better than expected.

Here’s what week three looked like…

Sunday – Rest
Monday – 3.5 mile treadmill run
Tuesday – Full body dumbbell circuit + a brisk 25 minute walk
Wednesday – 3 mile run
Thursday – Rest
Friday – Unintentional rest day
Saturday – 6 mile run

The absolute highlight of this week was my long run on Saturday.  Because of an unforeseen event, I had to push my run back to 3 pm.  Now for those of you who aren’t familiar with S. Florida weather, this was a very risky move on my part.  Even in November, it’s very hot and slightly humid in the afternoons.  I was honestly dreading every step.

Well, it just so happens that I had nothing to fear.  It was super hot earlier in the day, but by the time 3 pm rolled around, it was slightly cooler and less humid.  I was able to run the entire 6 miles without stopping at a 9:41 pace!  And I felt solid the entire time.  This is totally unheard of for me!  While I’m choosing not to focus on time too much, I’m excited to see if/how I improve over the next few weeks.

Vishnu cracked up as soon as I walked in the door because I left the apartment with a “I HAVE to run 6 miles and it’s gonna suck” attitude and came back with a huge grin on my face and tons of energy.  Go figure!

Why I Run

While running sans music/podcast this past Monday, I thought about why I subject myself to running and everything that comes with it.  And after 3.25 miles of thinking, I think I nailed down the answer.  I’m in control when I run.  I decide how far and how fast I go.  I can lace up my shoes and take off pretty much whenever I want.  If a run doesn’t go as planned, I have to take responsibility and figure out why.  I don’t have to rely on anyone else.  It’s all up to me.  This is why I run.

This answer is pretty much in line with my personality.  I am, what some would call, a control freak.  I like being my own fitness boss!

Why do you work out the way you do?

In case you’re interested, here are links to my weekly training recaps:

Week 1
Week 2

Half Marathon Training Week 2 and Fitness Pet Peeves

Needless to say, training didn’t go according to plan this week.  But I did the best I could under the circumstances.

Here’s what week 2 looked like:

Sunday – 2.5 mile walk with my sister
Monday – T25 Alpha Speed 1.0
Tuesday – T25 Beta Rip’t Circuit
Wednesday – OFF
Thursday – OFF
Friday – OFF
Saturday – 3.25 mile run

Since I was able to get the 3.25 mile run in on Saturday, I stuck with the plan and flip flopped the 6 mile run that was supposed to happen at the end of week 2 with week 3’s 5K.

Here’s to at least a few more miles this week!

I don’t have too much else to report this week.  I have a few updates to share about a dietary change I’m experimenting with and a fun new way I’m stretching.  More to come soon!

On to the second part of today’s post.  These are the big things that irk me when I’m out for a run or at the gym…fitness pet peeves of mine if you will.

Fitness pet peeves

  • Smoking while walking on an outdoor running/walking trail.  Maybe it’s just Miami but this happens way more than it should (which is never!!!).
  • Texting while running/walking.  I had someone crash into me because of this once.  Can’t make this stuff up!
  • Not moving over on a narrow path to accommodate the person running/walking towards them.  It’s just common courtesy.
  • Not wiping down your cardio machine after you just sweat all over it.  GROSS!
  • Not putting the weights back on the rack and instead leaving them strewn across the gym floor.  DANGEROUS!
  • Leaving a dirty/wet towel behind after a workout.  GAH!

I’m getting irritated just listing this out.  Better stop now before I blow up at Vishnu for no reason.  Haha.

What are some of your fitness pet peeves?

In case you’re interested, here are links to my weekly recaps:

Week 1 Half Marathon Training

Half Marathon Training – Week 1

Half marathon training is officially underway! 

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And with that, here’s what week one looked like…

Sunday – Rest
Monday – Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 Level 2
Tuesday – 3.25 mile run
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – 3.25 mile run
Friday – 5 mile run
Saturday – Rest

It definitely wasn’t the most intense week, but it was good (enough).  To be honest, my workouts as of late have been feeling a little blah.  And I think it’s due to the fact that Vishnu’s schedule was so random last month.  Because of this, I haven’t been able to stick with any one sleep schedule.  And I’m most definitely one of those people who needs their sleep.  If I get anything less than 7 hours of good quality sleep, everything is off.  With that being said, I’m looking forward to his more normal (8-5ish) schedule this month.

Two other things that are top of mind right now are how I’m going to fuel and prevent injury for this half.

I know that running makes me hungry.  Really hungry.  So for now, the plan is to buy/make healthy snacks that are protein rich, meal plan every week so that good food is always on hand, and drink lots and lots of water.  I also need to be a little more mindful of how much I’m eating.  While I’ve kept an eye on my portion sizes, there’s still room for improvement, especially when it comes to more indulgent foods (cheese and chocolate).  I’ll share more as I figure out what works for me.

Preventing injury is actually my number one focus for this half.  Why?  Because if I’m inured, I can’t run!  My plan is to include at least two days of strength training, (when possible) even if it’s just 10 minutes of body weight exercises, and lots of stretching.  Something else I’m mindful of is listening to what my body is telling me.  For example, my calves were killing me this past Saturday and Sunday.  Instead of trying to fit in exercise, I rested on Saturday and went for a walk with my sister on Sunday.  In my opinion, rest days are a must for so many reasons.

So that’s week one in a nutshell!  I think most people are idealistic when it comes to the first few weeks of training, and I’m no exception.  While I would love all 12 weeks to go according to plan, I going to have to be flexible and adaptable, especially when travelling. 

Anyone else training for a race?  How’s it going?