I FINALLY feel like I’ve found my groove with training.  And surprisingly it has less to do with my runs and more to do with my attitude.  After feeling like every week was subpar, I’ve given up on my quest for running perfection and am embracing each training day with a “I’m going to do the best I can” attitude.  So far so good.

With that, here’s what week 5 looked like:

Monday – 4.5 mile run
Tuesday – 3.25 mile run
Wednesday – Full body strength training
Thursday – Lots of dancing
Friday – Lots of dancing
Saturday – Rest
Sunday – 7 mile run

I’m counting all the dancing I did on Thursday and Friday as workouts because my legs told me to!  Also, Sunday’s 7 mile run was super slow and just what I needed.  Slow and steady wins the race…or so they say!


Personal Running Questions

I found these running questions while doing some blog research the other day and thought it would be fun to share my answers.  Enjoy!

Best run ever:  I’ve been running for a long time now so it’s hard to pick my best run ever.  But if I had to choose, I would say the 6 miler I ran a couple of weeks ago is definitely up there.  I went into that run absolutely dreading it and feeling completely off kilter.  But I pushed through and ran faster and stronger than ever.  Good times!

Three words that describe my running:  Satisfying.  Steady.  Personal.

My go-to running outfit is:  Shorts/capris and a tank top.  And a headband.  Can’t run without my headband!

Quirky habit while running:  Running is my me time, so every now and then I talk to myself…out loud.

Morning, midday, evening:  Morning, especially during this time of year in Miami.  It’s magical!

I won’t run outside when it’s: Humid.  Trust me, it sucks!

Worst injury and how I got over it:  I experienced severe knee pain while training for my first half, but my stubborn self never actually went to the doctor to get it checked out.  Instead, I bought new running and kept running.  Bad decision!  I eventually made my way to an orthopedic doc and got an MRI on my knee.  The prognosis wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.  I have some wear and tear but nothing that warrants surgery.  The doctor told me to strengthen the muscles in my legs and balance out my running with low impact exercises.  That was about two years ago, and I haven’t experienced that kind of pain in a while so I’m doing ok!

I felt most like a badass runner when: I finished my first half marathon.  I was exhausted but oh so proud!

Next race is: Miami Half Marathon on January 25th.

Potential running goal for 2015:  Another half-marathon!

Your turn: Do you consider yourself a runner?  What’s a quirky running/exercise habit of yours?

By Parita

5 thoughts on “Half Marathon Training Week 5 + Personal Running Questions”
  1. I have a hard time considering myself a runner. I think it’s because I’m slow and I’ve been so inconsistent lately. I really need to get back on the running bandwagon because I have a race in February. Your posts have been really inspiring! I’m sure your half is going to be phenomenal!

    1. You’re a runner! No matter how “slow” or fast you are. If you put one foot in front of the other and just go, you’re a runner! 🙂

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