1/2 Marathon Training- Week Six in Review

I am not sure what the weather is like in your neck of the woods but it was gorgeous here in Toronto this weekend and for the first time in ages I actually looked forward to running outside! I think spring fever will really help my 1/2 marathon training because there is something utterly amazing about running in warm sunshine after a long winter. Hello Spring, we've been waiting for you!!
Here's a recap of my 1/2 marathon training over the last 7 days:

Monday: Ran 10.5 miles (treadmill)
Tuesday: Spinning (30 min)Strength training(50 min)
Wednesday: Spinning (20 min)
Thursday: Taught Tabata (45min) Hills training 2 miles
Friday: Taught Cycle Pump (50min)
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Ran 13.1 miles

Total distance ran: 41k

Here's what I learned:

  • Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do...in this case 2 hours of running on a treadmill. It wasn't the most fun thing I have done but I got through it and am better for it! (truthfully I can't believe I did it. I never would have even tried a year ago!)

  • Sometimes you learn what you need to fuel your long runs and when you need to start using it.

  • Sometimes you are going to eat well, get lots of sleep and hydrate like its your job! Other times you are going to eat a delicious cupcake and enjoy every damn bite!

  • Sometimes you are going to teach a class of one during cross training and get the best workout you've had in a while!

  • Sometimes you are going to feel sorry for yourself, doubt your abilities and wallow in stress and self pity

  • Sometimes you are going to shake off the blues and do this instead:

That's right..that sucker says 13.1 miles. I ran the equivalent distance of a half marathon today!! I can't even explain how relieved I was to have the energy and the will to do it. It makes me feel a lot better about the races coming up in May and the timing for that feeling couldn't have been better.

And with that I am off to rest my sore legs and start packing for Cuba...5 days and counting!n

So tell me, what have you done recently that exceed even your own expectations?


  1. Awesome job!!
    Sat we had a brutal cross training class and today I had to do a tempo-ish run that I thought would be terrible..and I did way better than I thought. The body always wins over the mind.

  2. I am completely impressed you got two hours in on a treadmill. That's amazing...I would have given up way before that!

    I agree...sometimes you just gotta have that cupcake!

  3. i think always pick the cupcake. and too often. :) the farthest i've ever gone on a treadmill is 7 miles and it was torture!

  4. Congrats on some great workouts this week! Your own half marathon? Rockstar. It's all in the cupcakes :)

  5. My goodness, girl, you're exercise schedule inspires me! You're amazing. I'm still super proud of myself for cutting the grass yesterday- haha! :)

  6. 5 days till vacation! YAY! thats awesome.

    good week for ya! congrats! wowo a half marathon....not bad, not bad at all.

  7. Two hours on the treadmill is ridiculously impressive! And, so jealous of the upcoming vacation.

  8. 2 hours on the treadmill?! You're tougher than I am! And good for you for hitting the half distance! I'm training for my first one and will do my first double digit run next week - totally intimidated ;)

  9. Fantastic job on rocking those 13.1 miles!! I would say the one thing recently that exceeded my expectations was running 2 half marathons in the same week both at approximately the same time.
    Hope you have a great trip!

  10. wow, great job on your treadmill run!!

  11. Congratulations on logging all of those miles! I am so excited about spring and the sunshine. I have a feeling I'll be more excited about running too.

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