If you celebrated Thanksgiving last week I hope you had a great day! We spent the day with Adam’s family where I ate so much turkey that I napped through the afternoon football games and dessert! Can you believe no one woke me up for pie? They must not love me very much.
Friday I opted out of all shopping activities and instead got outside for a nice, windy run.
When I got home I found Cecil laying on the couch like this – what a weirdo! ?
Saturday I did a four mile run/walk on the treadmill (because my right hip was bothering me), and some strength training before DATE NIGHT! Adam and I went to see Creed at the dine-in theater. If you’re not familiar, it’s the latest movie in the Rocky series.
I thought it was really good – very emotional – but Adam thought it was just okay. He said there were too many story lines jammed together and none of them got properly explored. I agree with that but I bet they’re just setting us up for the next movie.
Sunday was all about football as usual. I woke up with a pounding headache so I slept in until 11am… and then I took a nap. Not going to lie, all that sleep actually left me feeling pretty good.
When I finally got out for my long run/walk in the evening I had quite a bit of energy at the start.
Fighting against the wind definitely was a challenge. I ended up flipping my Garmin around so I could run by feel. You can definitely tell which miles I was running into the wind vs. which miles I had the wind at my back.
Since I did run/walk to baby my hip I had a good amount of energy still left in the tank at the end. My hip isn’t hurting me or anything like that, it’s just really tight.
I’m probably babying it too much at this point… but I don’t care. I don’t want to have to take any more time off from training this year. At this point I’d rather keep on with the run/walk and run lower mileage than sit on the sidelines!
Week 1 of A1A Half Marathon Training:
Tuesday: 2 miles @ 13:14 | 73*F, 31mph gusts of wind
Wednesday: 2 miles @ 13:06 | 75*F, 29mph gusts of wind
Friday: 5K @ 13:43 | 77*F, windy, right hip feeling tight
Saturday: 4 miles run/walk @ 15:10 | treadmill, hip still tight
Sunday: 8 miles run/walk @ 14:36 | 77*F, windy, hip still tight
Total: 19.1 miles @ 13:57
I didn’t hit the mileage total that I wanted to for this week, but I’m telling myself it’s not a bad week one. It was definitely a confidence boosting week for me in that I finished my 8-miler with plenty left to give – of course I’m sure the run/walk had a lot to do with that. Even so, my hope for the Cape Coral half is to finish at least one minute per mile faster than I finished the Michelob Ultra half earlier this month.
That was a really humbling race for me, but I don’t think it was a true indicator of where I’m at. I built a nice base during marathon training, and although I had to take a few weeks off from long runs and speed work after Chicago, I know that base is still inside me waiting to be tapped.
If I can improve by a minute per mile for Cape Coral, then I think I’ll feel confident enough to run Miami using the same pacing strategy I used to get my PR in January. After that I hope I’ll have the confidence and the training to go after a new PR at A1A in February.
That’s my thought process right now anyway, we’ll see how it goes!
On a scale of 1-10 how do you feel about your training last week?
Is it snowing where you are?
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