First off, I’m a tad bit excited to be writing those words “Half Marathon Training Week #1 Recap”. It’s been a long 6 months being on the injured list, thinking I was better, going back on the injured list and staying there much long then anyone would ever want to. Saying that, I’ve had a hard but great week of training!
Race: Maritime Race Weekend Half Marathon (Double race called Tartan Twosome 5k & Half for me).
Dates: Sept 12th – early morning (Sept 11th 5k @ 7pm)
Training Plan: Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 Half Marathon
What Was Planned vs What Really Happened
Day 1 – Monday June 22nd – Rest Day – Rest Day! I sure rocked this one! It was really weird not running and I even thought about just doing it anyway but life got busy and I didn’t even have time to run. (2:15 plank)
Note – I was on the road for three days (7:30 – 5:30) this week and my husband was away as well. Busy times!
Tuesday – 5k Run – 5k Treadmill Run (2:20 plank)
Wednesday – 5k Run – 5k Treadmill Run (2:25 plank)
Thursday – 5k Run – 5k Trail/Hill Run at lunch in the hot sun. (2:30 plank)
Friday – Rest Day – Rest Day …. nailed it! (2:35 plank)
Saturday – 7k Long Run – Cross Trained with my lawn mower in the afternoon sun. (2:45 plank)
Sunday – Rest Day – 7k Long Run (2:50 plank)
This week had it’s up’s and down’s and I wasn’t sure I was even wanting to do my long run after Thursday’s terrible run. I planned on doing my long run Saturday night but after a long day with my family that included mowing the lawn for an hour in the HOT sun, not to mention the beer I had at dinner…I decided a rest day/cross training day would be better.
Sunday’s run didn’t start off great. I left the house around 9 and during the first kilometre I thought it was going to be a struggle the whole time! I actually hated it and all I could think about was “how am I going to get the next 6k done?”
The temperature was cool and the sun was just starting to break through the clouds. I left my subdivision and headed out onto the old highway. The side walks were empty and I just focused on where I was running. On the way out, I hugged the left hand side of the sidewalk and for some reason I thought this was weird.
On my way back, I almost got hit by a car! Crazy, eh! I was waiting at a cross walk, you know, waiting for that little guy to say it’s okay for you to walk…you HAVE the right away”. But the truck that was literally waiting beside me to turn had other plans. The cross walk guy came on, I looked over my left shoulder to make sure the truck wasn’t coming and started to walk across the cross walk. The guy in the truck decided it was his turn too and bolted out in front of me! I threw up my hands at the guy (I was so close I could have hit his truck with my hand) and pointed to the sign. He even looked over at it and kept driving! I was pissed at that point and kept crossing with other cars looking at the truck in shock.
Drives – pay attention. Runners – pay attention to the stupid drives that can’t follow street signs.
As I got closer to my house I picked up my pace and was about 100 metres off from finishing at my driveway. Apparently our girls were really upset that I ran past our house! I just had to finish my last km though! I had a quick cool down walk back to the house and was greeted by two cheering little girls! What a way to come home!
Later that afternoon, I even managed a 20 minute nap – a much-needed nap. Thanks Sai 🙂 And of course a dance party before bedtime with our girls!
A run that started off so bad turned into a fantastic run, just what I needed. I even managed to drop some time! I’ve been running around 6:17/6:18 per km and managed 6:07 during that 7k! Not too bad. I’m still very far away from what my normal speed was last year but that’s 100% fine, I will get back there in time.
Oh and a big shout out to those who race the EPIC Canadian 10k and 5k this weekend – and those who did both in that order! My running buddy Krystol got two new PB’s!!!! Congrats!
How was your weekend?
Anyone ever confront a stupid driver before?
Dance party before bed time, yes or no?