Monday, July 21, 2014

Akron Half Training: Week 4

Monday: 3 miles
12:13, 12:47, 12:28 (37:38)

Another 3 miles. I'm kinda happy about this run! Considering my 5k PR is 38:05, this is definitely promising!

Tuesday: 40 mins ST
Leg press - chest press - tricep extension - shoulder press - leg extension - seated leg curl - bicep curl

I took off work to spend the day with my best friend and do wedding planning stuff with her, so I made sure to get up early and get my workout in! I am NOT a morning person and usually can't be persuaded to get my ass out of bed early if I don't absolutely have to, so I'm proud that I did it! I had the fitness center all to myself- it was quite nice.

Wednesday: 40 mins XT
walking, 2 miles

Thursday: rest

Friday: 8 x 200
56, 54, 56, 59, 60, 59, 58, 56

I ran a warm-up mile with the kids at work and went to the track in town after my shift. Jeff had to work all night, so I was missing my running partner. My times were generally faster than the last time I did this workout, but it felt a lot harder to do. Also, I know I'm not supposed to run so fast on these splits, but I like to! My average mile is 13:00-ish and my speedwork "pace" is something like 8:00. My body seems okay doing it, so... there's that.

Saturday: rest

I'm trying to keep my long runs as close to the same day as possible, and so far, I'm failing! I wanted my long runs to be Thursday, but things keep coming up and I end up having to do them on the weekends. Which is fine, because school is going to be starting up soon and I'll have to switch it anyways.

Sunday: easy 6 miles
13:39, 13:23, 13:19, 13:04, 12:44, 12:13, 2:16 (0.2) = 1:20:38

I did this on the treadmill because it was super muggy out today and I wanted to make sure I had negative splits. I had a bad night's sleep last night so it was a bit of a struggle and felt like I was running for an eternity! Regardless, my pace was spot on and I decided to make it an even 10k so I could say I PR'd my 10k time. And now I'm exhausted.

I don't really have anything major to add for this week. It was honestly pretty uneventful. I can't decide whether I'm just getting into a groove and getting used to my training plan or running has just become boring. Either way, no drama is good drama. Or something like that.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Akron Half Training: Week 3

Monday: 3 miles
13:04, 12:47, 12:31  (38:22)

I canceled Running Club for the day due to thunderstorms and thus didn't get any running in at work. It was still raining when I got home, so I went to the treadmill. I almost prefer the TM because I can keep a steady pace and control how much I'm increasing my speed. Also I can watch TV.

Tuesday: 30 mins ST
Leg press - chest press - tricep extension - shoulder press - leg extension - seated leg curl - bicep curl

Felt like lifting today instead of doing stuff at home, so Jeff and I did our usual routine there. I noticed that I'm increasing the weight on some of the machines, so that's promising! Also, I'm not as sore as I was the first time we went.

Wednesday: 30 mins XT
walking: 3.03 mi  (55:19)

I was in the mood to go for a walk today! The weather was perfect and I wanted to listen to the first part of the If I Stay audiobook to see if I want to read it. I ended up getting sucked in and walked the length of the bike path in town.

Thursday: rest

It was a busy day, so I moved my long run to Saturday. :(

Friday: rest

I was unable to do my speedwork today due to poor planning on my part and work. However, I had a great time at the tribe game and it was a beautfiul night! Disappointed I didn't get that speedwork in, but it was a fantastic evening!

Saturday: 5 miles
13:57, 13:58, 14:00, 13:50, 13:28   (1:09:13)

Did these miles on the treadmill again and it went much better than my previous long runs. Well first off, I drank multiple Nuuns both yesterday and today. The calf cramping was nowhere near what it was the past 2 weeks, so I'm happy.

Sunday: rest

Without the speedwork, it seems to me like I didn't do anything this week, even though I know I did well on all of my other workouts. Overall, I feel like I'm doing fine, so I'm trying not to let my quasi-fail of a week get the best of me. Now that summer is picking up, I'm also getting much busier. Some days, I'm even doubling up on events and driving across the state and back. It's clear that I need to plan for schedule changes and work around it.

I know it probably seems like I'm making such a big deal about training for a half marathon, but I am not a competitive or athletic person and I need to build my strength and stay motivated enough to get there. A couple years ago, I couldn't run longer than 2 consecutive minutes and now I can easily run a 5K at a moment's notice. Once I get the mileage built up, I think it'll be much easier to prepare for future half marathons and longer races in general.

Short story long, thanks for the support and always asking how my training is going! It makes a huge difference knowing that people are on your side and are rooting for you.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Akron Half Training: Week 2

Monday- 3 miles
13:20, 12:45, 12:30
After my ridiculously bad 3 miles the day before, I decided to get out of the heat and do 3 miles on the treadmill. I still felt pretty crappy about how bad I did, so I wanted to give myself a better chance to have a good run. I watched PLL and stayed cool! This run was so much better.

Tuesday- 30 mins ST
Leg press - chest press - tricep extension - shoulder press - leg extension - seated leg curl - bicep curl
Went to the fitness room again. Had a great session and was less sore afterward than last week!

Wednesday- 30 mins XT
stationary bike- 7.14 mi
I went over to the fitness room to get on the bike, only to be greeted by barefoot children pretending to be experts on all the machines. I walked on the treadmill for 20 mins waiting for the bike to free up, then did my 30 minutes. Then we went to a cookout and friends' baseball game, which promptly got rained out... which led to the bar.

Thursday- 4 miles
14:48, 14:26, 13:31, 12:41
Another sucky-ish long run. I'm obviously not hydrating or warming up enough. It was the same thing as last week: try to run super slow and easy, then get calf cramps after half a mile that don't let up at all the entire run. I just walked when I had to and ran when I could. It's frustrating because I don't have time to have these stupid issues during what I think is the most important part of half training. But I made it through, and I got faster as the run went along, so I call that a success. Rewarded myself with a trip to The Brew Kettle and the mall.

Friday- rest
Holiday today. Just bumped speedwork back.

I drank all the beer this week
Saturday- 8x200
1:04, 59, 1:00, 1:02, 1:02, 59, 1:01, 1:04
I tried 200s instead of 400s this week because they were tiring me out really fast and I've never done 200s before. Turns out, they're way better than 400s. And I could run faster! Speedwork is definitely up there with my favorite workouts. Anyways, the weather was perfect and it went well.

Sunday- rest

This week was definitely better than last week, but I'm still frustrated about my long run. Other than the calf cramping during that, I feel great! This plan is definitely working for me. Thankfully this weekend of eating terrible food is over and I can get back to normal. It would be awesome if I could shed a few pounds and/or replace some fat with muscle in the next few months, so I'm trying to keep an eye on what I eat and try not to go crazy after I work out. I didn't gain any weight this week, so that is a major victory!

Next week's schedule looks about the same, so hopefully I'll improve. If all goes according to plan. Which it almost never does.