Saturday, June 26, 2010

Disneyland Half Marathon Training: Week 4

I can't believe the half marathon is only 10 weeks from tomorrow!! :) Here is what my training looked like this week:

Monday - run 45 minutes
Tuesday - swim 15 minutes
Wednesday - rest
Thursday - run 45 minutes, plus form drills
Friday - bike 30 minutes
Saturday - run 6.6 miles
Sunday - rest

I was excited to get the chance to swim again. It had been nearly 4 weeks since the last time I was able to swim, and I was afraid I wouldn't do very well with the time off. I was pleasantly surprised by how well I did. I was able to keep calm with my face underwater (which is such a challenge!), and I was shocked at my endurance. I lost count of the number of laps I did, but I know it was more than I usually do, and I do know that I took very few rest breaks! It felt great! Until Wednesday, when my glutes hurt SO much!! I guess that's why it's called cross-training, huh??

I have a race coming up on the 4th of July. I usually try not to mention local things ahead of time in case there are any stalkers out there, but since there will be 55,000 racers and more than 100,000 volunteers and spectators, I feel safe in mentioning it! I'll be doing the Peachtree Road Race in downtown Atlanta. It is supposed to be one of the largest 10K races in the world! The t-shirt, presented only to finishers, is a coveted item among runners in this area. It's very hard to get into the race itself, and the 55,000 spots fill up very quickly! I was able to get in, as was my BFF, when early registration was given to Bank of America associates and their guests - my mom is a B of A associate! :) This is the first year for timed wave starts, and we submitted our times from the Resolution Run, but we were both placed in Wave K instead of Wave F as was indicated on the website (based on our finishing time). This may not seem like a big deal, but it means we'll be starting 20 minutes later - and in downtown Atlanta on the 4th of July, that will be huge. I'm actually quite nervous about the heat and humidity. Right now, I do all my running at 6:30 AM. On my long run, I'm done by 8 AM at the latest. We won't even cross the start line until 8:15. This morning at 6 AM it was already 76 degrees with 80 percent humidity. It makes me nervous. And since it's downtown, we'll have to drive to the closest MARTA station and then take the train into town. It's all very complicated and confusing and it has me somewhat anxious. I hope this is all worth it.

Push ups just didn't get done this week. I got through a set and a half of Week 5 on Monday and just didn't have it in me to continue. I didn't do any at all on Wednesday. I did 30 on Friday just so my arms wouldn't forget how to do them. I'll try again on Monday, but if my arms continue to ache as badly as they have, I'll have to back off. I have other training to consider which is much more important.

Everything else went as expected this week. I wish I had known how horrible it was going to be to train in the middle of the summer. I promise to never complain again about running in the cold! I think I'd much rather bundle up than wear so little and still sweat so much that it looks like I just stepped out of the shower! LOL Someone remind me of that in January! ;)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Disneyland Half Marathon Training: Week 3

It's really hard to believe that Week 3 is already done! Here's what I did this past week:

Monday - rest
Tuesday - 45 minute run
Wednesday - rest
Thursday - 45 minute run, plus form drills
Friday - 30 minute bike ride
Saturday - long run (6.6 miles)
Sunday - rest

I woke up overnight Friday/Saturday with my left leg feeling very sore around the outer thigh. I did everything I could do to stretch it out but I could never find the place where it would get relief. I decided to go ahead and attempt my long run, and if I couldn't do it I would just go home. But I was able to run with no problem. It only hurt when I was walking or standing still! I took 2 motrin when I came home because the family was going to see Toy Story 3 and I didn't want to hurt while sitting so long. As the day went on and the meds wore off, I noticed it didn't hurt as much. And then by this morning it's basically gone. Quite strange!

I also completed Week 4 of the hundred push up challenge and took the next exhaustion test. I was able to complete 37 consecutive push ups! Yeah, it's still quite a way from 100, but it amazes me nonetheless! I will begin Week 5 of 6 tomorrow. I may be repeating week 5, depending on how well I am able to do! :)

On to Week 4 of Half Marathon training!! I'm hoping to get my new shoes this week!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Disneyland Half Marathon Training: Week 2

Sorry this is late! It was a crazy week, followed by a crazy weekend!! Here is what training looked like:

Monday - run 45 minutes
Tuesday - bike 4 laps (neighborhood)
Wednesday - rest
Thursday - run 40 minutes, plus form drills
Friday - bike 30 minutes
Saturday - rest
Sunday - long run 6.6 miles

I had to change things up on the weekend because our homeschool group was having a book sale and I had to be there at 7:30 to help get things set up. There was no way on earth I could do my long run and get back and shower and get ready and get the girls ready (since my husband was out of town). So I just swapped my rest day for my long run day and it all worked out fine.

Training is going well, except it has gotten extremely hot and humid already in Georgia. I really don't remember it being like this last late spring/early summer. It's miserable. I'm getting out to run by 6:30 every morning and it's already just nasty. I have to be really careful to stay properly hydrated.

I also finished up Week 3 of the Hundred Push Up challenge. It has gotten much harder, and I'm fairly certain I'll be repeating week 4 at least one time. But I'm still pleased with my progress. Last week I completed 88 push ups in about a 10 minute time, and I can guarantee you that that has never happened before in my life! LOL It's an excellent feeling! I still find it hard to imagine that I'll ever be able to do 100 push ups without stopping, but once upon a time it was hard to imagine running 3 miles in a row and I do that regularly now.

I'm hoping to get some new running shoes this coming week! Last time I made the mistake of getting new shoes a month before the race and I ended up with a nasty blister. I don't want to do that again!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Disneyland Half Marathon Training: Week 1

It's hard to believe that it's Half Marathon training time again! Week 1 went very well! I am modifying the plan a bit to fit my needs, so the planned time/distance will be in black and my actual time will be in blue.

Monday - 30 minute run (28:34 5K race)
Tuesday - 30 minute cross training/XT (6.6 miles/33.39)
Wednesday - rest
Thursday - 30 minute run/form (40:00/3.8 miles)
Friday - 30 minute XT (90 minute ballet class Thursday night)
Saturday - 2 mile long run (6.6 miles/1:08:53)
Sunday - rest

The changes were because I was already at a certain level of training in preparation for a July 4th race, and I didn't see any reason to step backward. I did that last winter when I trained for the Princess and I felt like it made it harder when it was time to start stepping up the duration/length of my running! I hope it doesn't come back to bite me later!

One thing I noticed this week as I begin the training program is that the anxiety and apprehension aren't there like they were last time! I know that I'm capable of running the distance in the allotted time, and I'm just working on getting my endurance back up to where it needs to be! It makes it so much nicer!

The hardest part of training this time is going to be the heat and humidity. I've been running around 7:30 AM and it's already 70 degrees and 97% humidity, which is REALLY unpleasant! Today I got to the park at 6:30 and by the time I finished, I was dripping with sweat. It almost makes me long for the days when I had to bundle up with hat and mittens to train! LOL

1 week down... 13 more to go!! :)