4/3/11

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?
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13 comments:

  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.

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  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!

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  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!

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

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  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! :)

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

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

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

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  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 ;)

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  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!

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

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  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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