This weekend was the start of our 3rd week of half marathon training. Even though I very proudly and excitedly ran 8 consecutive miles on Sunday without feeling all that terrible, I truthfully expected to be faster and to have more energy by now. Only about 4 months ago I was ingreat shape, but now I’m having a hard time getting back to where I was. Guess I shouldn’t have taken all that time off from working out during the summer.
We’re running a 5K race in a few weeks, and I set out to finish in 22 minutes (which should put me somewhere in the top 10 women, based on last year’s results), but I’m not at all confident that I will pull that off.
And as much as I love the sunshine and hot weather, running in 91 degree heat is kind of miserable. Thankfully, we have a recovery week starting on Saturday with 2 days off and a short run on Sunday.
According to running guru Aaron, this is the training we’ll be doing this week:
Saturday: 4 mile run
Sunday: 1 hour and 15 minute run (we got 8 miles in)…up 5 minutes from last week
Monday: Easy 3 mile run; strength training
Tuesday: Interval training: 1.5 mile warm-up, 7 sets of alternating 5-k speed quarter miles with jogging quarter miles (so…14 times around the track: 7 at a brisk pace, 7 at a jog pace), 3/4 mile cool down jog/walk; strength training
Wednesday: Easy 3 mile run; strength training
Thursday: Tempo run: 15 minutes easy jogging pace, 20 minutes 10-k pace, 5 minutes easy jogging pace (40 minutes total, up 5 from last week)
Friday: Rest or easy run
We decided to switch it up a bit during our Saturday morning run and head to the foothills. Trail running is great for training. Getting off the hard asphalt really helps to reduce the impact on your body. Also, the terrain is constantly switching from uphill to downhill so all muscle groups are getting a good workout. Plus, the air seems a little more fresh (if not thinner) than it is further down into the city.
Despite the risk of extreme fire, numerous bear sightings in the area, AND rattlesnakes potentially attacking me (my personal irrational fear), it was a great 4 mile jog!
(Candid shot of me staring at the gourds).