Zion Half Training: Week 7

Hi everyone!  Things were definitely looking up this week!  Here’s how training went:

Monday:  Slow Flow Yoga.  It was my first class at a new studio, and I liked it a lot!  The studio has soft lighting and doesn’t play music which I really like.  I let the teacher know about my injury and she was helpful in making sure I felt okay.  Lots of stretching happened and it was awesome.

Tuesday:  45 minute walk in my new shoes.  They didn’t hurt at all!

Wednesday:  Candlelight Yoga class at the same studio as Monday.  I expected candles, relaxing, and stretching, but instead there were no candles and we did an energizing flow sequence.  The instructor said that she just didn’t feel like relaxing tonight and decided to mix it up, which I didn’t realize was something she could do.  I didn’t like the unplanned workout because I was worried about my hips, but they only hurt a few times and I immediately backed off and stretched instead.  The instructor was awesome though and I will definitely go back to her again, especially since she promised more relaxation next time!

Thursday:  this was the big day that I mentioned last week AKA my first run post injury!  I ran for 32 minutes with 3/1 run/walk intervals.  It was great being able to run again!

Friday:  another run, this time 45 minutes with 4/1 intervals because it’s easier for my brain to remember.  I secretly liked that I was able to take walk breaks without feeling like I was giving in.  I HAVE to walk now!

Saturday:  rest day

Sunday:  long run day!  6 miler with 4/1 intervals.  IT.  WAS.  AWESOME!  It was so much easier than I thought it would be and I had no issues at all!  I felt great during and after the run and did tons of stretching afterwards.

Despite my worries, this week was pretty awesome.  I got to try a new yoga studio, rest some more, and ease back into training and even ended with a strong long run.  My new plan calls for only three days of running and I’m going to stick to that so that I don’t get hurt again.  Although I do want to try to sneak some hill training and some speed work into some runs if I’m feeling up to it.  I’m just so relieved that I’m on track for the race again!  We even spent a few hours on Sunday planning out our trip, and we are getting really excited about it – especially when I realized that when we land in Vegas we can eat at Chipotle and shop at Trader Joe’s!  No matter what happens in the race, it’s worth it for some barbacoa tacos  🙂

How was your week in workouts?  What is your favorite place to get tacos?

23 thoughts on “Zion Half Training: Week 7

  1. Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery! My week in workouts was significantly lower key than originally planned. I’ve been burning the candle and too many ends and my body let me know it was time for a break. I scaled back and it seems to have helped! Happy Monday!

    1. Nice job taking a rest week! Taking the week off for my injury was scary but I feel so good now! Hopefully you’re feeling better too!

  2. Glad to hear you’re feeling much better! We have some decent enough Mexican restaurants close by (Columbus isn’t really known for its ethnic food), and I love the food truck-style tacos. I’ve actually never had Chipotle’s tacos before!

    1. Anchorage does not have the best ethnic food either – NOTHING is spicy up here and it’s really crazy! I miss Chipotle like crazy! The tacos are just tiny versions of the burrito so I somehow feel better about eating them instead of a giant burrito 🙂

  3. Oh man, I love me some Chipotle. There’s one right near my office and it’s DANGEROUS. Anyway, I’m so happy to hear that this week was a better week. Hopefully the improvement will continue!

    1. So jealous! It used to be mine too. Stupid Alaska with no Chipotle. I swear if I ever move it’s because of that!

  4. So glad to hear things are going better!
    It’s funny, I love mexican, but never for the tacos (unless it’s a taco salad I made at home). Chipotle has amazing burritos and burrito bowls though 🙂

  5. Yay! Glad you’re feeling better and that your new shoes are pain-free! 😀 I’m more of a burrito person (Boloco and Anna’s Taqueria all the way!) but I have a soft spot for Rubio’s fish tacos when I visit my in-laws in California 🙂

    1. I used to love burritos, but I hate when the people making them don’t layer them right. Tacos don’t have that problem!

  6. I’m glad you’re back to running! I’ve used run/walk before and I’m with you that 4/1 is way easier to keep track of than 3/1. I did a half marathon coming off of an injury with run/walk and while I didn’t PR, I ran it much faster than I expected. I think it was easier to push myself in the later miles because I knew I only had to push for a few minutes before I’d get a break. In mile 10, 3 miles feels like an eternity, but 4 minutes is doable. 🙂

    1. Yay! This makes me feel so much better about the half marathon. I really love the walk breaks and I do feel better now that I can take them. It helps so much with the mental aspect of it, especially on long runs!

      1. It’s a little trickier in a race having to get out of the way and ignore the thoughts (real or imagined) that people are looking at you funny. But that’s all really just another exercise in “running your own race”.

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