Hi everyone! I’m officially 1 week into half marathon training for the Her Tern Half and it was a pretty good week! The girls who are running the HTH training group sent out week 1 of our training plan on Monday, and I was surprised to see that it was yet another minute-based plan!
I’m following the beginner plan because I am not a 5 days a week kind of runner 🙂 Here’s what my week looked like:
Monday: I kind of cheated and did a 32 minute run because I really wanted to reach 3 miles.
Tuesday: This was my GOTR team’s practice 5k, so we walked over to the nearby high school to use their track! Wrangling 13 3rd-5th grade girls together, walking them over to another school on busy streets, cheering them on as they ran around the large track, and getting them back to their school on time to be picked up was pretty exhausting and I’m counting it as a workout!
Wednesday: This was the first HTH group track workout! I was pretty nervous since I didn’t know anyone, but everyone was really nice and I learned a lot! We did some strides, but the main activity was tempo runs. We did three 5:00 runs around the track, and I managed to have equal pacing with each lap that I did which was so exciting!
Thursday: Pilates reformer class
Friday: I had set up a private Pilates lesson with one of my favorite instructors who has been working with me over the last month, and it was amazing! She double checked my form in some of the main exercises that are done in every class, made some corrections, and gave me some homework so that I can practice at home and get stronger faster. But the best part was that she said she’d noticed so much progress with me over the last month and that my abs were getting stronger while my hips were taking a step back! Yay!
Saturday: Long run #1 of the training plan! We met downtown at 8:00 AM. As you can imagine, I was not feeling the start time. But after a few miles I was finally getting into it and met a girl who ran at my exact pace! The miles flew by while we talked and before I knew it we were done! I did 5.35 miles in about an hour, and walked the last 10 minutes of the workout to cool down because I was feeling pretty hot and tired (seriously, early morning runs kill me). While walking up the giant hill towards downtown I met Michelle, who blogs over at Boots and the Bear! It was awesome getting to meet her in person and I’m excited to have a few running buddies after week 1 of training!
After showering I did Yoga With Adrienne’s Yoga for Runners Cool Down Sequence and then played disc golf for a few hours with some of our friends. Busy day!
Sunday: Rest day
I’m feeling pretty good so far, and I’m looking forward to the next 11 weeks! Especially because the sun doesn’t set until after 10:00 (and it’s not fully dark until around midnight) and I now have the urge to stay out late running and hiking mountains. It’s already happened once this week and it’s only going to keep getting lighter 🙂
How was your week? Are you training for anything right now?