I had high hopes of lots of exercise this past Labor Day weekend. Instead, I felt tired and run down and took a major 3 day break. At first it made me panic a bit not to exercise 3 days in a row, but eventually I calmed it down and realized I needed it. Instead of working out Saturday morning, I spent over an hour watching Wen on QVC. Sadly, this isn’t the first time I’ve watched Wen on QVC and I’ve wanted to try it for a long time. I ordered a starter kit off Amazon and it should be here in a few days. I think my hair will do really well with this cleansing conditioner. I have dry, thick hair and kind of a dry scalp. I am just curious to how it will be after heavy exercise. I’ll make sure to review it on the blog
After taking a break this weekend, I signed up for a 5 mile race I really wanted to do. I did this race in 2010 and 2011 and it is awesome. I’ve been putting off registering because I’m kinda nervous. I haven’t raced since the Nike Half in April and I haven’t been running much. To put my obsessive mind at ease, I decided to make up a mini training plan to get me to this race. I know it is only 5 miles, but I ran it pretty fast both times and I’d like to PR!
The race is in 4 weeks and I did my 3 mile run today. I know I need to do some speed work/ hill work if I want to improve my time from 2011. (43:55 – a 8:47 pace and that is fast for me!) I NEVER do hill work or speed work (unless it is on the treadmill) so I need to push myself! There is still lots of BODYPUMP teaching going on each week, so I have to make sure I fit in my runs too!
I ran 3 miles yesterday and today, so I can check those off my pre-training plan I posted yesterday!
I ran outside today and it was very windy! I took one walk break during mile 2 and was happy to keep it under a 10 minute mile. I looked at my stats later and saw I walked almost 2 minutes, so I must have picked up the pace to keep that mile down. I need to push myself more often so I get used to running in the low 9′s.
It was snowing yesterday, so I ran my 3 miles on the treadmill. I ran 1.5 miles, got off and did 10 minutes of abs/planks and then got back on the treadmill to finish. I did a 1:30 plank, then one CXWORX ab track I have memorized and one BodyPump ab track. I am sore today!
My Training Plan for the Nike Women’s DC Half Marathon…
I based this plan off of Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 Half Marathon plan, but added just a bit to the mid-week runs. I’m hoping to cross train at least once a week, but twice would be great too! My cross training will be CXWORX, BodyPump or yoga
Hope you had a great Christmas! If you are feeling the same way I am… you are feeling LAZY! I need to get back into gear and just follow a training plan! Since I am running the Nike Women’s DC Half on April 28, I will decide on a 12 week training plan soon. However, that leaves me 6 weeks to get ready for a training plan! Since I am still in my sweats and on the couch today (snowed in!) I made up a pre-half marathon plan for me to follow until February. This might sound a bit crazy, but in the past I have been very good at following training plans. After last May’s marathon, I took a big break from running on a regular basis. I am ready to kick it back into gear and get serious about it again!
This is what happens when I have extra time on my hands. I think it is pretty cute, so I hope it will motivate me to follow it!
Thursdays and Fridays I may switch because CXWORX is offered both nights at my gym and that is going to be my main cross training. I may also throw in some yoga or BodyPump too! Saturday/Sunday long runs have always been something I switch around based on how I am feeling that weekend. Since it is such short mileage (which I need!) I’m hoping to just do it on Saturdays.
Do you follow training plans? Are you good at following them?
I run the Bob Potts Marathon tomorrow!! Woo hoo! I’ve been training for this marathon for the past 18 weeks and tomorrow is finally the big day! The race is an out and back on a trail trail and finishes at a college stadium. I really hope everything goes well and my friend Amy and I finish together!! It is supposed to be HOT HOT HOT, so I am trying to get my race day outfit together. I ordered this tank top a few weeks ago for the race…
Brooks Glycerin tank – I already have this one in a black and white print but I wanted to order it in a bigger size so it was a bit longer. I ran in it last weekend and really liked it. I love that it has a zipper pocket in the back.
Some things I’m loving this week:
(I’m probably carbing up a bit much, but I like the excuse) I’ve been loving the white pasta a lot this week.
I’m loving my black sparkle TOMS and wore them almost every day to school this week. They are SO comfortable! When I first got them, they rubbed on the back of my heel a bit, so I wore socks with them in the winter. I guess they just needed to stretch out a little, so they are perfect now and I really want a new summery lighter color.
Also loving the low mileage from this past week. I ran 3.5 and 2.5 this week and loved taking it easy on the treadmill. I really wanted to do some Yoga this week, but it always makes me sore when I’m not used to it so I avoided it. I hope my legs feel fresh tomorrow!
Loving the great sleep I’ve been having over the past two weeks. After my body calmed down after the 20 miler, I started sleeping again. I was really having trouble staying asleep throughout the entire night when my mileage was higher, but it has been so much better the past two weeks. I’m sure the marathon will upset my sleep patterns for the next few nights, but that’s okay.