Although I’m not sure how happy I am as I would rather be in bed sleeping right now! At least my morning commute was super easy this morning. Less than an hour to drop off Max, go to my former school to drop off a student’s bag that was living in my car and the drive into the city for work. Not bad!
Also not bad is my first “heavy” training week!
STWM Half Marathon Training – Week 2
Monday – 1.5K Beach Run
You might see this 1.5K beach run appear in my training for the next few weeks. We started up track again on Monday and in the Fall we warm up by going on a 1.5K beach run loop. I went out with the younger middle distance group. We ran at a comfortable pace with random strangers at the beach cheering us on/hooting and hollering at us. Nice.
Tuesday – Nothing
It was the first day of school. I was busy!
Wednesday – GoodLife Fitness
I started out on the stationary bike, but that didn’t last long. It was busy and the bike I was on wasn’t the best as every once and awhile the pedals felt like they were sticking. So I got irritated and hopped off at 8 minutes in. I then went onto the treadmill and ran 1 mile on the treadmill. I had zero leg pain on both the treadmill and the bike, sweet! I finished up my workout with some squats (20lbs), twists/presses (20lbs) and rows at 70lbs. I saw some people that I haven’t seen in forever. Nice to be back with the 4pm crew!
Thursday – 1.5K Beach Run
Another track night.I arrived at the track right on time as I head to go downtown first to pick up my bib for the Beer Run. I also shoved a Jr. Chicken down my throat at 5:30pm to tide me over until after track. I highly recommend that you do NOT do that ever. The beach run was almost a barf run! Great practice with the team. Saw some track friends that I haven’t seen in months.
Also take a look at this beautiful sunset!
Friday – 25 minute run (2.5 miles)
I originally planned to run outside on Friday. I even had my Garmin charged for the first time in months. However, because of a busy day, I did not eat my lunch until 3pm which meant I had a whole pile of spicy noodles in my tummy. I felt a bit off, so I figured it would be a better idea to be inside just in case I needed to stop/use the bathroom. I was fine, stomach wise, but I ran out of time. The original plan was 5K, but I only got to 2.5 miles before having to leave to pick up Max. I started off very slow for the first .5 miles then picked it up a notch at a 30min/5K pace until the last .5 miles when I cooled down. Zero leg pain once again! No weights today as I had to leave.
Saturday – Off
Sunday – 14.5K (or maybe 15.5K) Beer Run!
I will discuss the Beer Run tomorrow, but I did run 14.5K. Perhaps more? I measured the route on Map my Run and it seems like we ran an extra KM? Not sure as I didn’t have my Garmin on or anything. I will discuss the route and the experience tomorrow, but in terms of the running part, it went well. I am definitely out of shape and struggled a bit. I’m in a bit of discomfort this morning. However my leg seemed to cooperate. No niggles or twinge of pain at all. I have no clue on how fast we were running, but my Beer Run friend Don and I were able to chat for most of the run. The last 4K though was brutal. My cardio system seemed fine (was breathing fine) but my legs were done. That is what happens when you haven’t gone beyond 5K in awhile!
A much better week with 23KM done. I am feeling confident that I will be able to finish the half marathon next month but how fast I will run is up in the air. I am hoping my leg keeps improving. I will say that working full time at a school that is at least a 20 minute drive away is hampering on my running. Luckily Max is at a different preschool so I have more time in the PM. However, I think the max KM I can do on a weekday is about 10K. Long runs are going to have to happen on the weekends! Full time work does mean a full time salary, so I can’t complain too much 🙂
I have written a basic half marathon training plan for the next few weeks. I thought I had more time, but really STWM is just over a month away. I’m probably only going to run up to 18K and call it a day in terms of long runs. One thing that is in my favour is that STWM is a flat course. No big hills at all. Most of my running routes have hills, so it might mean a faster half marathon time. Who knows!
Have a great Monday!