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 STLeg 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.
Holiday today. Just bumped speedwork back.
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.
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.