Today’s 1/2 Marathon Training Update – If this is your first time checking in with me, you can read my why and the start of my journey here.
When I started my training 4 weeks ago: I was able to jog 1.6 miles as a walk/jog combo in approximately 25 minutes. I’m jogging in the desert with changes in elevation so a little different than jogging on a flat road.
# of Days this week: 3
# of Miles this week: 7
Average time per mile: 16 min
Total # of Miles: 34
Challenges: This week went really well overall. My Tuesday run was no problem. Thursday I didn’t initially want to run but with just a small prompt from my husband, I got out after the rain and absolutely LOVED my run.
Today, however, was a scheduled 3 mile run. I woke up not wanting to run at all and, having just done weight training the day before, my legs were pretty sore. Note to self, don’t work legs the day before a longer run. Despite my mood, I pulled myself out of bed. It was a little later than I would have liked but I was up and ready as I was going to be to get moving.
I thought I’d try out my Camelback water backpack just to see how I did with it. I love it for hiking but wasn’t sure how it would be for jogging. Its getting hotter here and longer runs are going to need hydration. Note to self, don’t use Camelback for jogging. It bounces around too much and doesn’t let your back breath to cool you down.
The entire jog was a lot more difficult than I would have liked. However, I had multiple opportunities to turn around or shorten the trip and I stuck to my three miles even if I wasn’t doing as much running as I would have liked.
My husband loves to play racquetball. His words of wisdom for me, “I have 80% good days and 20% bad days.” Esentially, don’t let a bad day stop you from the good days and don’t get too discouraged. It’s part of the process.
- Pushing myself further each day.
- Feeling the love of the run.
- In 5 weeks, I’ve only missed one run.
Plan for this week:
- I have 2 three miles runs and my first 4 mile run scheduled this week.
- Keep up a steady pace.
- Register for the PF Chang’s Marathon. I’m working out a few details on whether to register for the full or 1/2 at this point.
That’s my update for the week. I’ll see you next week!
I’d like to challenge you to come along for the ride. If you have a big goal you are hoping to accomplish by Jan of 2013, share it here along with your progress along the way.