Just like that, week #2 is all done! I felt like it could have been a pretty easy and low-key week but it didn’t turn out that way. My leg (hamstring) was a little sore as I’m running more and more outside but it’s not terrible – so thumbs up in the hamstring department.
To be 100% honest, both hamstrings are tired but that is to be expected when I’m used to doing most of my running on the treadmill and now I’m running on trail and pavement. My legs are dealing with more impact.
What was Planned vs. What Really Happened:
Monday June 29th: Rest – PT Exercises & Plank (2:55) – pretty much nailed Rest Day.
Tuesday – 5k Run – 5k Race Pace – somehow I ran 6:07/km which is very close to half marathon race pace for me. This was not planned but happened naturally on the trail. Also, this was my last plank day – 3:00 minutes!!!!
Wednesday – 5k – Nothing. Canada Day. We strawberry picked, played in our pool and went to a BBQ – running was out of the question by the time 8 pm rolled around so I went to bed early.
Thursday – 5k Run – 5k Run. Since I was on vacation and the girls were in day care, I ran after I dropped them off! It was a great run outside.
Friday – Rest Day – 5k Run that I missed Wednesday. I ran with my running buddy, Krystol near her house. It was a hard run for me and I felt 100% out of shape. Lots of little hills/inclines and I had a head ache going into it. I tried to hydrate the day before but I went to bed late – my own fault.
Saturday – 8k Long run – 8k Long run. This was not my plan for the day. I was going to switch this to a Cross Training day but that all changed around 5:30 am. Let me back up and tell you why!
At 4:20 am (ish), Hilary woke up crying but I thought she’s put herself back to sleep. After a few minutes of on-off again crying she yell’s out “Mommy, I need to pee!”. I jump out of bed because when you have a toddler potty training you don’t just roll over and hope she can hold it. We got to the potty and then, I got her back to bed. I crawled back into my bed to fall asleep, after all, it was 4:29am as I walked past our bedroom clock that is blindingly bright for that time of day.
I tossed and turned but couldn’t fall asleep. I kept thinking about the yard sale I was having that morning. After being on social media for a few minutes and seeing a few comments about “early morning runs” the idea of doing my 8k popped into my mind. I figured, why not….if I am just going to toss and turn, I might as well get up and run.
Luckily, my parents were visiting so I quickly got dressed and woke my Mom up so she knew I was gone. She told me to wake her once I got back 😉 Well, let’s just say this was the best idea ever!
I decided I would run out 4k and back 4k and that’s pretty much what happened. It was cool outside and the sun was starting to rise up in the distance. I couldn’t believe the amount of cars on the road at 6:15 in the morning but quickly figured out why once I reached the main highway. There were fire trucks surrounding the exits and entrances to the highway which met there had been a car accident. 😦
I got back to the house around 6:50 am and everyone was still asleep! I felt fantastic!
Sunday – Cross Train –
Cross Train – kinda. Okay, I really didn’t to anything major other than swim with the girls – pushing them while on a tube …. so there was lots of kicking going on. That counts, right ? Okay, maybe not. I need to improve on this next week.
Overall: I’d have to say it was a pretty good week. I’m glad I didn’t run Wednesday night as I went to bed early and apparently needed that sleep. Super glad I was motivated by Cassie and Kyla on social media to get up and do my long run without planning it.
Here’s to week #3 starting and the kilometres slowly starting to increase. Back when I was planning to run a full marathon this year, I was also hoping to run 35 kilometres on my 35th birthday (Friday) but it’s not going to happen. Technically, it’s a rest day 😉
How’s your summer running going?
Anyone training? How’s it going?
Ever get up for an early unplanned long run?
13 thoughts on “MRW Half Marathon Training Week #2 Recap (6/28 – 7/5)”
Woooohoooo! 3 minute plank – that’s awesome!! Great job this week!
I’ve only planed once since the challenge ended June 30th but feeling like I want to get back to it.
3 minute plank! YES. I’m training alright. And it’s killing me. 🙂 Congrats on a week well done!
You’d got a busy schedule!
And Thanks 🙂
Great runs and impressive planking!!! I’m getting really good and km to miles conversions 🙂 keep up the great work!!
Thanks Maddie! Funny, I’m getting really good a miles to km these days 😉
Anna, you are rocking the sh*t out of your training! I need to get back to planking. I was so much stronger when I did them. You must feel great to be regular running again!!
Thanks Heather! It’s SO nice to be running regularly again and being almost 100% pain free – so awesome after 6 long months of lots of pain!
I’m so glad things are still going well! Also, I really like your format for training recaps, showing the “what was planned vs what happened.” Would you mind if I copied you?
Thanks! Yes, go a head and use the same format. I’ve forgotten to add in my weekly mileage and total training mileage in these posts. It was something I did last fall for my last half training – so you’ll see that in my next post 🙂
Cool plank challenge! Was neat to look at all your pics and see the progress!
It was fun to pull all the photo’s together from the challenge.
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