Hi everyone! I am so excited that my first week of training for the Zion Half Marathon is complete! This plan was emailed to me by Active at Altitude and is available to anyone running this race. It will eventually have Zion course specific training aspects (like hills!) and I’m excited that I’ll be prepared for the course by the time March rolls around. It’s not my usual kind of training plan – in fact, I’ve never seen one that used minutes instead of miles! But it’s going pretty well so far and I like that I know exactly how long my workouts will be. Usually when I’m training for a half my main focus is on the weekly long run, and I do what I can during the week. This time I made sure to do all of my assigned workouts – just not on the days they told me to do them! I think flexibility is key when you’re training and things can be switch around a bit to fit into your schedule better. I’m proud of myself for getting through everything. Hopefully I can keep it up for the next 11 weeks!
Monday: First training run and I was excited to wear my Zion training shirt! I did 20 minutes at an easy pace.
Tuesday: 30 minutes of active recovery because of my work schedule. I chose to do Yoga With Adrienne’s Bedtime Yoga. It felt so good to stretch! And it was so relaxing doing it in the dark next to my Christmas tree.
Wednesday: Christmas Eve tempo run – 10 minutes easy, 5 minutes steady, 10 minutes easy. Looking at all the Christmas decorations along the trail got me excited about Christmas finally being here!
Thursday: I was planning on going for the scheduled run but ended up being too sad to do it. So I switched some days around and did 30 minutes of active recovery by going for a Christmas hike with Andrew.
Friday: Rest day! I felt awful after work and watched Harry Potter Weekend on ABC Family all night (please tell me you all got to watch it!).
Saturday: 45 minutes at an easy pace. I ran along the coastal trail in crazy winds, but it was worth it when I turned around to run home and saw the prettiest sunset! I definitely took it way easy and was over 12:00/mile (my slowest run all week), which I think should be fine in the early stages of training in the snow and wind. I also slipped on some ice which had me running slower than usual because I was afraid of wiping out!
Sunday: 20 minutes at an easy pace. My friend is visiting from Bethel and we’re running a 5k together on New Year’s Eve (my last race of 2014!) so she came with me. It made the run go so fast!
In other Zion news, this week we also booked our flights and hotel! I am beyond excited to be in Southern Utah from March 12-19! I’ve been getting a few suggestions on places to go other than Zion National Park, but if you’ve ever been there I’d love to hear about it. Bryce is on our list, and we’re trying to figure out if a 4 hour drive to the Grand Canyon is worth it or if we should wait to take a separate trip there.
And I’d like to end with a rant on airline “miles” – when I won 25,000 Alaska Airline miles I thought they would actually take me pretty far, but they’re not “miles” at all! They’re basically points. We were able to use those miles plus our sign-on miles to get our plane tickets for free, but I’m sad that I don’t have any left over to get me to Philly next year. I need to start saving up now!
Are you training for any spring races? Ever use a minutes based training plan?