Monday, April 15, 2013

TrainingTruths: Half Marathon #9 Week 5

Another week of half marathon training is in the books. 

We've been progressively adding miles to my husband's weekly long runs and gearing up for the Newport Ten Miler that will be a little test of his fitness level. Two years ago I ran my first ten mile run ever in Newport while training with hubs for my first half marathon, so it seemed perfect for us to run this race together.

#TrainingTruth: Good running means getting comfortable with the uncomfortable

Solo Tuesday - It was a good, yet solo out and back run after school while waiting to pick up my step daughter from tennis practice. (Hubs had the morning off, so he got in his miles earlier.) It was windy on the way out, but I think it helped me keep my pace in check. Felt heavy at the end, but got a negative split! (846, 912, 912, 845, 853) Did I mention it was a gorgeous Spring day?

Core Workout Wednesday: I did my standard three pose plank routine (front forearm and both sides) before school for 45 seconds each. After school I strapped on my Polar heart rate monitor and spent 30 minutes doing basic hula-hooping. I didn't burn as many calories as I expected, but I like the high percentage being fat!

Thursday: Finally teamed up with my running partner for the first time since the New York City Half Marathon. We did an out and back at a pretty good pace (845, 855, 1008, 833, 840) and even stopped for a brief stretch break at the turn around. The chilly weather returned so I was back in capris and a long sleeve, but I enjoyed matching up with my Cincinnati themed SweatyBands.

Saturday: It was long slow distance day for my husband, so I led him on a 9 mile out and back. This was the same route from last weekend, just extended. Not only is the route long, but it also has a challenging hill (166' climb in .50 mile) that is helping get our legs ready for the Flying Pig

*On a side note, it was still a little chilly, so I wore my MPG capris for the first time on a run (because they are really yoga capris that I lounge around in) and they were awesome. They were so warm and snug. I don't know why I haven't tried them on runs before.

Strength Training: I am proving to myself that if you want something bad enough, you will work for it. This week I completed my plank workout 5/7 days. Considering that the workout takes about 3 minutes to complete, I should be able to do it every day. Nevertheless, I'll take it because it is a huge improvement.  

What improvements are you making?

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  1. I'm wishing for more runs like last Tuesday - the weather was gorgeous!! Great week of training for you. Plank and core work really does make a difference!


  3. Improving at resting both my body and mind :)

  4. So true on your number one up there--gotta embrace the discomfort if you want to improve.

    I can't believe you guys still had snow this week...winter must die!

  5. Great job with training this week! Love the sweaty band, too! :0)

  6. It does, just have to force the consistency.

  7. Agree. Hoping that was the last of it!


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