First thing’s first
I’m the realist (<- sorry, had to), I wanted to thank you all for your tips and suggestions on leashes and running with dogs yesterday.
While the back of my knee is healing, I read a lot of great tips and strategies I will keep in mind and hopefully put to use on my future runs and walks with Roadie. You guys rock!
And now, onto what I came on to write about: last week’s half-marathon training went pretty smoothly.
I haven’t skipped any training days and sharing how they are going with you definitely helps me to stay on track. So, thank you for reading these!
In case you’re new here or interested in seeing how it’s been going so far, check out last week’s recap:
Half-Marathon Training Recap: Week 1
Let’s break it down!
Half-Marathon Training: Week 2 Recap
Please keep in mind that this is a six week half-marathon training plan I came up with on my own, specifically catered to what works best for me. Feel free to take a look in the archives for my first half-marathon training plan (you will find the section under the Fitness Page) that lasted a duration of ten weeks if you are looking for something closer to a beginner level.
What I did (Week 2: September 15 – 21, 2014)
• Monday – 4 miles
Week two started off with an easy four miles. Or so I thought.
Since I switched my rest day from Sunday to Saturday, I had to really push myself to get through all four without constantly wanting to look at my mileage to see how much further I had to go. I took Roadie with me for two (slower) miles, then dropped him off to finish on my own.
Distance: 4 miles
Time: 35 mins.
Pace: 8:39 min./mile
Basically, I allowed Roadie to slow me down and didn’t care about a pace. Once I dropped him off, however, I kicked it up a notch and got it done.
As soon as I got out of the shower, I had two seconds to grab something quick and be on my way to pick Scott up for his softball game.
(Apple Pie Larabar, so yummy!)
I planned to watch at least one of his games (he potentially had three), but took my books to study with just in case. As soon as we pulled up, it started raining and we were both surprised the games weren’t cancelled. He toughed it out while I went on a mission to find dinner.
Subway footlong for us to split for the win!
(Turkey, American cheese, lettuce, green peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, banana peppers, salt and pepper, and oil and vinegar on whole wheat bread.)
Since it was still raining (and hard), I decided to drive down to a nearby Tim Horton’s to study while he finished up.
(Regular coffee with a pump of pumpkin spice!)
They ended up playing two games and as soon as I was going to leave to pick him up, he got a ride and showed up to Tim Horton’s. His team may have lost, but we still took advantage of celebratory ice cream.
I got a small mint chocolate chip and he, apparently, got the biggest waffle cone in all the land.
• Tuesday – strength training
I chose to try out a new barre studio for my strength training workout on Tuesday. I loved it and you can read all about that recap here!
Starbucks! I mixed it up this time with a non-fat Chai Tea Latte, but got the same old (but tasty!) spinach feta egg white wrap.
• Wednesday – 5 miles (tempo run)
I think I am finally getting the hang of these tempo runs.
I still have some questions about them, but overall, I feel like I can handle and incorporate them them into my weekly training plan. Thank you so much for your tempo run suggestions!
Distance: 5 miles
Time: 45 mins.
Pace: 8:46 min./mile
I completed a 1.5 mile (easy paced) run, kicked it into high gear with a challenging speed for the middle 2, then cooled down with another 1.5 at an easier pace.
One of the best salads I have made in a while!
Spinach, spring mix, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, black olives, hard boiled eggs, corn (fresh off the cob), shredded cheddar cheese, ground pepper, and drizzled balsamic vinegar for dressing.
• Thursday – 3 miles (easy pace)
It’s funny how 3 miles seems like nothing to me these days. I secretly love it.
Wanting to test out these PUMA Mobium sneakers for an easier run, I threw them on and grabbed Roadie for a couple of loops around the block.
Ehh… they’re not the best for running. I’ll probably stick to wearing them for cross and strength training from here on out.
Distance: 3 miles
Time: 29 mins.
Pace: 9:38 min./mile
Easy, breezy run. Nothing too exciting to report.
Call me crazy, but I had a craving for overnight oats for dinner.
I just so happened to have a batch waiting for me since I forgot about it earlier that day during breakfast.
Blueberry Greek yogurt, rolled oats, chia seeds, and almond milk (set overnight) topped with fresh berries.
I immediately craved an English muffin after and smothered one in peanut butter and agave nectar to finish it off!
• Friday – REST
I usually spend my workout time on rest days on long walks with Roadie, stretching, and foam rolling. That’s exactly what happened!
• Saturday – 8 miles
Alex joined me for the long training run last weekend. We had beautiful scenery on the trails and the weather couldn’t have been better.
We struggled a bit after the six mile mark, but I am proud of both of us for finishing. My goal is to pick up the pace this weekend!
Distance: 8 miles
Time: 1 hour 26 mins.
Pace: 10:45 min./mile
Here‘s the full recap of our run, just in case you’re interested in reading it.
Brunch at Rochester Brunch House!
Turkey Omelet with turkey sausage, peppers, onions, and Swiss cheese with a side of potatoes and whole grain toast.
• Sunday – REST
Same as Friday.
Week 2 Thoughts
I am actually really enjoying the process of training this time. I have a feeling the shortness of my six week plan has something to do with that. When I trained for my first half, I often dreaded the runs. This time, I look forward to challenging myself and know I can do it. I’ve done it before, and I think that has had a huge impact on my mental game.
For Week 3, my goals are to push myself (and Alex!) harder and run our long distance run of 9 miles over the weekend at a quicker pace than 8 miles. I’ll be sure to report back with how it goes!
Question of the Afternoon
• What is your favorite mileage to run?
Mine used to be three miles. It was a bit of a challenge if I hadn’t run in a while, and a breeze if I was consistently clocking in miles. These days, I really enjoy five miles. I feel like I’m pushing myself, but the run is still enjoyable.
What about you?
Elsie @ Sharing Healthiness
I can definitely tell you are enjoying your training! It is so much better when you are enjoying the process…. Lately I am loving 7 miles but I always try to push myself a little bit more and run a couple more miles.
By the way that ice cream waffle cone was H-U-G-E!!!
Samantha @ HealthyHuggyHappy
I also love 5 miles! It’s long enough that I feel accomplished, but not usually the most challenging distance. Long runs, though, have a special place in my fitness-loving history lol. Nothing gives me that wonderful runner’s high feeling like busting out a challenging long run!
I’m training for a half-marathon in November, but decided to do a 12 week plan because I don’t have a lot of options for exercise in my area (that will soon change with the move to WA!). I figured a set training plan for a race would help me stay motivated 🙂 I run with my little 7-pound dog Meeka frequently and she shocks me at how hard she can pull the leash! I seriously can’t imagine what a dog Roadie’s size could do! Haha. We love our animals <3
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Sounds like you are enjoying your training! My favorite distance is actually three miles. I have only done a 5K so that is usually good for me.
Scott’s waffle cone is seriously huge! Your ice cream looks so tiny in comparison. Mint chocolate chip is so delicious!
Hannah @ Sprints & Scones
Good luck – your training looks like it is going so well! You had some awesome runs this week!
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
Great job on your training runs! Glad to hear it’s all going well. 🙂 I honestly haven’t been on like, ANY runs lately because it’s so hot outside. I hope to get back into the groove of running in the next couple months though because that’s when it’s prime weather here in AZ! I love the 4-5 mile range. It’s enough to make me feel challenged and sweaty, but not too intense.
Love me some Coldstone!! Haha Scott’s massive waffle cone is awesome. Loooove waffle cones!
Love this plan! Most plans I’ve seen online only have 3-4 mile runs during the week so I enjoy how yours incorporates more 🙂 My favorite distance is 4-5 miles! It’s a perfect in between of a quick 5K, but not quite too long either !
Ahh I am a 4 miler girl. 3 seems to short and I often get to impatient for 5! I do love the occasionally 5 miler though!
4 miles is also a mileage I love!