road to the half marathon: training week 5
posted: June 29, 2010
After feeling a bit defeated by my efforts last week, I shook myself off and hit the ground running again. I started the week off on the day of summer solstice with a delectable 4 mile sunset run in Balboa Park. This week was honestly a bit of breakthrough for me and I realized what was happening to derail my training. Number one I was not planning the day ahead of me and thus not finding (making) the time to run. Secondly, I had set a pace and a goal time for myself that was honestly unreasonable. All in all I needed to find the balance in my training and my pacing.
Can’t help but appreciate yourself when staring into the eyes of a sunset…
The first thing I fixed was my pace. I consistently run at a 10 minute mile pace if not higher, and was wanting to cut down to 9 minute 45 second mile pace. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in setting huge goals for yourself, however I was beginning to despise running because the pace I was setting was so uncomfortable for my body to handle. So instead of progressing run by run, it felt worse mentally and physically. I reset my goal of finishing 10 minute miles, which is reasonable and means I have to push myself every stride of my run to hit that mark.
With balance, you really can have your cake and eat it too.
After my sunset solstice run, I sat down and planned my entire schedule out for the week and hit every run as a result. I even woke up at 7am on Sunday morning, the day of my 1 year wedding anniversary to squeeze in the 6 miles I had on the docket. Let me tell you, our wedding cake that had been frozen for a year tasted even better with those miles under my belt. My appreciation for myself is directly reflected by moving and working out, and the world seems to taste better when I run and sweat daily. (My husband also really appreciates my lack of crankiness and self angst, so I owed it to him to go run and then enjoy our day entirely together.)
My cat George decided he needed to stretch out his muscles from sleeping all day as well.
A few of you had commented last week to feel thankful just to be moving, and on all of my runs this week I truly was. I really cannot thank all of you enough for all of your encouraging words and understanding in the course of my training. I train by myself and it can feel lonely running 6 miles alone, however in reading all of your comments last week, I felt like I had a running partner in all of you and it honestly made a difference. Keep those comments, vegetarian protein recipes and running tips coming my way, it truly helps!
This week’s training mileage total: 16 miles!
Longest run: 6 miles with a pace of 9:58 (right on track, and so comfortable)
Cross training: 2 yoga classes and 2 Jillian Michaels workouts
Wore on my long run: Run:Swiftly Tech SS and Run:Empower Crops (both so comfortable and quickly wicked up my sweat)
7 weeks until race day! Here is my training schedule for the week:
Monday: 4 miles + hot yoga
Tuesday: 2 miles + Jillian Michaels workout
Wednesday: 4 miles + yoga sculpt
Thursday: hot yoga
Friday: Barry’s Bootcamp
Saturday: 7 miles!
Sunday: yoga + rest
P.S. Anyone have any rocking tunes I could pump up my running playlist with? I am literally running out of options with good tunes!