Glass City half marathon training started this week! Kinda! I basically picked out my plan (Hal Higdon HM3). Then I sat down and figured out “when I felt like” doing my long runs, which turned out to be Thursday, because that’s a day off work for me. Then I shifted all of the days in the plan to match my schedule, and my training calendar ended up starting on a Saturday! AND, it was a Rest Day! Hey, it works for me, so I’m going with it.
While I’m not a Glass City Marathon Ambassador this year, I am on the “Road Crew” committee. Technically, I’m the head of the committee, so I’m still involved in the race “inner circle”. I think we’re even figuring out what our secret handshake will be. (ha!!)
12 more weeks until GCM half, so here we go!
Miles run last week: 19.2 ?
Monday – 4 miles, 9:58 pace on TM. Nothing new here. Feeling a bit “meh” on this run. Feeling the normal hamstring tightness, but nothing bad.
Tuesday – XT day. Walked 2.5 miles on the treadmill while I watched some shows in the AM. Started watching the Bachelor. Why are those shows so long??? I need shows that last 25-45 mins for optimal treadmill watching
Wednesday – 3 miles, 10:09 pace on TM. I woke up feeling kind of sore all over today. Not in a sick kind of way, but just like I had done something strenuous on Tues. Not sure why this was! I had 3 miles on my plan, so that’s what I did. I felt sore, and it was a struggle to get this done. Definitely a bummer run. Blah.
Thursday – ??? miles, ?? pace. Track night!!! Yep, that deserved 3 exclamation points! I work as a sub as a coach for the Dave’s Marathon in Training program. I saw there was an opening at track night for the “beginner half” group on Thursday.
Obviously I have to sub for a pace within my range, and something that won’t injure me, so I thought this would be an easy night. My mistake was thinking that beginners are all slow. Sure, some are, but some people out there just run a faster pace! I got teamed up with the faster guys because “I run fast”. Doh! I didn’t expect to be challenging myself, but I did! We ran fartleks, and my watch doesn’t work properly in the building, so I have no idea what we ran. It was a good workout for me, and I had fun with it – pushing the pace on the last few seconds to give my running partner a challenge. He liked it, and called me the “fast coach”. Always a confidence boost!
Friday – 7 miles, long run. I was going to do 8 miles but didn’t have enough time. My body didn’t mind stopping quite honestly, so I called it quits I was feeling the effects of running 3 days in a row, with speedwork last night. I went to PT and Alisha gave me some new exercises. Ugh, a few of them are pretty hard for me, and I’m curious to see how my body reacts to the bump up in intensity.
Saturday – Rest day!!
Sunday – 4 miles, 9:22 pace. I ran 2 miles with my kids and then the other 2 on my own. I felt like my kids need to start getting ready for Track season, so I guilted them into joining me. Actually, Sydney complained about it being “so cold” outside, which made Zach want to join in “no problem!”. The day started out with frost, but by 3pm it was almost 60 degrees. I washed my car!!
I would say this first week started out pretty good. My challenge will be to follow the cross training recommendations, which will be just walking at this point. Wish it could be my spin bike, but that seems to be a stressor.
I’ll leave you with a fun picture… the other day my cats were found sitting on the bed next to each other! I feel like this means the planets are out of alignment for sure! So watch out, who knows what is in store for us!
Q: If you have multiple pets, do they hang out together??
Luna and Zoe usually do not! They don’t fight too much, but they aren’t besties.
Q: Any Bachelor fans out there?
I’m not super into it – and I fast forward through some of the boring stuff – but it’s a good time killer.
Q: Do you take your car through a car wash?
I am NOT allowed to take my car through the car wash. Alan would freak! He thinks they cause scratches with the reused water and brushes.