Half-Marathon Training: Week 3
Tuesday: 2 miles [this one was cut short due to a strange car in our neighborhood at 5:45am, ugh]
Thursday: 3 mile hill workout [10 min warmup; 4 x 45 sec run hard uphill, jog down; 10 min cool down]
Friday: 3.25 miles
Saturday: 8 miles
Total: 16 miles
right pic: I was somewhere around mile 6 of a tough but awesome 8-miler – I look better than I felt, ha! I also ditched those arm warmers around mile 4. A huge thank you to my awesome husband for driving by a couple of times from miles 5-8 – I was able to get some water without having to carry it, and the cheerleading was awesome!
I’m using the Train Like a Mother Half-Marathon Finish It Plan, and it does NOT mess around. I cannot believe I’ve only been training for 3 weeks … and BAM! 8 miles! To be completely honest, I felt strong and amazing afterwards … but I feel like it was probably too much too soon, and I’m going to tone down those long runs over the next couple of weeks.
I had my first ice bath afterwards, and it hurt SO MUCH, but it was a good hurt. I can honestly say that it helped quite a bit. I’m sore when I’m going down our stairs, but other than that, my legs feel pretty good.
The training plan also calls for runs on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat – I seem to always skip Monday, and I really don’t know why. I want to change that, but I also feel like I’m getting some really good miles in even without Monday’s run, so I’m not worrying about it too much. I mostly feel like I need to do it for my mental state – I always seem clearer and more motivated on days that I run. The plan also calls for 7 mile runs on a weekday, and I’m sorry, but I just cannot do that unless I got up at 4am and drove to a well-lit populated area, because I am not running around my neighborhood for an hour. No. So I’m shortening those to 4-5 miles, which I think is still a VERY good amount for a week day morning.
Overall, I am feeling really good about my training, so far. I mean, I ran longer than I have run in 2 years!
What I’m Loving: Athleta Relay Capris
It wasn’t bitterly cold this week, so I was able to get away with my Athleta Relay capris for all of my runs. Yes, I washed and hung to dry between each run. Ish. I haven’t tried many other capris – just BCG from Academy, Champion from Target and then some from Old Navy – but these are the perfect running capris, so far.
They are compressing, but I don’t feel like they’re too tight to wear in public [ummm, rhymes with hamel poe, if you know what I mean] … [sorry, Mom]. I also triple love the length. I don’t like capris that stop right below the knee – I have short legs, so those are SUPER unflattering on me. Plus, the longer length lets them work for cooler mornings [35+ degrees].
I also really dig the mesh at the back of the knees – works so well for sweaty knee folds.
As a matter of fact, I just ordered one more pair so that I can stop wearing the same pair every single day. [sorry, Ken]
Only 11 more weeks!!