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: