What a week! It wasn’t anything crazy in terms of training, but it just got a bit tricky to try to fit everything in. I was definitely reminded this week why I have a plan to follow for half-marathon training. I’ll explain what I mean in a bit more detail, but first let’s just look at the weekly run down for week 2 of training for the Frederick half!
Weekly Run Down
Tuesday: 5 Miles with 4 x 800s
Wednesday: Foam Rolling + Strength Training
Thursday: 25 Minutes Yoga + 2.5 miles
Friday: 9 Miles + Core Work
Saturday: 20 Minutes Spinning + Strength Training
Sunday: 3.5 Miles + Hip/Glute Exercises
Usually I start out my week with strength training on Monday. I have been doing that intentionally so I can take my rest day before a harder run on Wednesday. Well, this week I didn’t work out on Monday because I had to take Grayson to an early appointment and logistically it made sense to take a rest day. (I needed to have myself completely ready for work before he woke up.) In order to avoid strength training the day before my speed workout, I did my 800s on Tuesday.
The next problem was avoiding strength training 2 days in a row. I also couldn’t do my long run on Saturday because I was traveling that day. I preferred to get my long run done before the weekend, but if I had to push it to Sunday that would have been ok too. Luckily, I managed to get it done on Friday. I felt like I spent the week overthinking this and making it more complicated than it had to be. It all got done and now I hope to get back on my regular schedule this week!
It’s been years since I ran 800s and I forgot how tough they are. I only did 4 but my legs were toast! The first set was a little slower, maybe because I was still warming up. Also, I did these on the roads and the first set was on a different street than the other 3 so that might have had something to do with it. It did feel good to really push myself for this workout.
I did my 9 miles on the treadmill on Friday. I actually had a great run. I know some of you are wondering how I could possible say that about a 9 mile treadmill run. I just go through phases with being able to endure long distances on there. Back in 2009 I used to do all my runs on the treadmill and would just get on there for like an hour most days of the week. Then for awhile I avoided it at all costs. Now that I have my own I’ve learned to appreciate it again.
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I ran more of the Frederick half course, this time getting to the end of the course. It’s not the most interesting course but it’s pretty flat. I entertained myself by listening to podcasts throughout the run.
On Thursday I ran with Grayson in the stroller but had to stop by 2.5 miles because it seemed to cold for him. I think it actually got colder as we were out there!
I will just quickly sum up my other workouts here: strength, yoga, and spinning. I got in 25 minutes of yoga this week which I completed early Thursday morning. This was my last week of this strength training phase so on Friday I worked on creating my workouts for my next phase. And spinning basically served as as warm up before my strength workout on Saturday morning.
It definitely feels good to be training again but it does get a little stressful when trying to figure out how to fit everything in! I keep telling myself that its fine to skip a workout, but I can’t help but feel a little bad doing that when it’s only the second week of training!
How were your workouts last week?
Does your week ever get thrown off if you change around your workout schedule?
Do you feel bad skipping a workout early in a training cycle?
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