I have finished my first two weeks of half-marathon training and I still feel very excited to continue the plan. I originally was tossed of whether to exactly follow the plan or if I was able to tweak it. A few awesome runner friends commented and let me know it was cool to change it up and make it work for me. I was unsure if the walk, run, walk portion was something I should hold on to. I was told to run the whole distance if I can and walk if I wanted to; no pressure if I wanted to walk some of the distance for the day.
Week 1- I began with a 5 mile run. It was supposed to be a walk 2, run1, walk 2 but opted to run the whole thing. I did that twice in week one with a three mile run another day. Week one I did a total of 14 miles.
Week 2- This was a big week for me since I did not have boot camp this week. I had to remain dedicated to the early rise wake ups and get a couple long runs in before the school day. Monday was a rest day. Tuesday I ran 6 miles instead of the walk 2, run 2, walk 2. It felt good, real good. Maybe, it was the new shoes. (YES!! I got two new pairs of shoes to rotate through my half training. I got Saucony Hurricanes and the current shoe I have been running in, the Brooks Adrenaline. ) It appears it takes me mile 3-4 to get in my running mode. I felt really good on the run this morning and was so proud when I finished! Wednesday I met some friends for a light jog. I ended up doing 4 miles even through plan called for a cross-training day. Thursday I did 3 miles and Friday was a planned rest day. Now, I had decided to swap Friday’s rest for a Saturday rest. Saturday looked like a real nice beach day. It took some pep talk, but I managed to get another 6 mile run in before school on Friday too! It was the perfect way to start my weekend! I was beyond thrilled to add up this week’s milage~ 22 miles!! Woot Woot!
This is the start of week 3, the plan called for a 3.5 mile run but I had registered for a local 5K race this morning. It was the Katie DeCubellis Memorial 5K. This is a popular race that has a nice generally flat course. It was the perfect day for a race 🙂 The only obstacle was the heat! It happened to be a hot day and we are not quite used to the steamy temps yet so it made running a bit of a struggle, especially for someone like me who runs before the sunrises! I felt good this morning when I arrived, saw a few friends and was anxious to get going. I knew this was not the day for a PR but still wanted to run hard enough that I would have no regrets, I was going to push myself. I decided to carry my hand held 10oz bottle so I wouldn’t have the excuse that I was parched, haha. I usually don’t drink much of it, it’s kinda my security blanket. The first mile time was 10:07, and the second mile time was around 10:45. I finished in 33:49, making it 10:55/mi average. I am happy 🙂 I will definitely do this race again. It was well planned and had wonderful post race foods. I didn’t have more than the banana cause that’s how I roll, haha. It was nice seeing people be happy and have fun after completing the race. I really do love running races. I ran so many last year, this year I had decided to take it easy and focus on the training. I am teaching my daughter it’s not about the runner’s win, it’s about the runner’s heart ❤ Lucky for me, I have a huge heart!
Week 3 training runs will continue in addition to my boot camp sessions. Also, this week will be my last session with my nutrition and wellness coaching. I am BEYOND excited to hop on the scale this week. I am confident this is the week I WILL HIT MY GOAL. If I get on the scale and see 188 pounds, I will lose my mind. That will offically mark my 100 lb weight loss. I told them to bring tissues, LOL. I have learned so freaking much about my eating in the time of my nutrition coaching. It literally has changed my life. I am so grateful to my coaches ❤ This week has a lot in store! It should be one butt kicking week and I love the challenge! Bring it!