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Half Marathon Training and Confession!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Week 5 of half marathon training!

Just finished my long run of week 4 which is 4.5 miles. Thought it was going to be a crappy run but started off strong and decided to push myself for a 1 mile time. I wish I would have started just a tad faster because I didn't really think about trying to run fast until a couple minutes into my run. Ended up doing my 1st mile in 10:08! I know I could do it under 10 minutes if I started better! This is huge.

Kept going and running and found it hard to keep my pace under 11:30. Until mile 3 and then I was hurting, but I would run for 6 mins, walk for 1 minute, ended up doing my 4.5 miles in 51:50. Last December I ran a very flat 4-mile race and got the same time. I'm making really great progress. And bought new running shoes last week! Big help!

One thing I think is making a huge difference is trail running. I mostly run in the forest trails, usually it's a big struggle, there are major hills and rocks and roots and just lots of obstacles, but it is seriously paying off. Today I ran on a paved path and just flew compared to the trail. On the trail, I can only run about 4 miles or less in the same time it took me today. It feels very hard and slow.

Now it's confession time. I have only been running twice a week!! My legs need the break because I push myself to the limit every time. I let my legs rest for a few days and voila, I'm faster and stronger next time. Maybe it's because I'm still in relatively short runs, but I do want to start running at least 3 times a week in the coming weeks of training! It's just awesome that I'm seeing such great progress, but I really think letting my legs rest a couple days after such hard runs is paying off big time.

unfortunately my weight is still the same. I have been over-eating a lot. I'm still 160 lbs. I hate that. I do really well during the week when I'm at work but then on the weekends, I tend to go nuts. I also drink way too much alcohol still.

Non-scale victories.. running faster.. I'll focus on that. Thanks for reading. Spark on.
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    You are improving quite a bit with your run times! Volume can be important later on but ease into the 3 days of running, 2 days will not hinder you abilities as long as you cross train or strength train.

    Nutrition is always the hardest part! No matter how long or how much training it can be a challenge, at least you are conscious of it so that you can make the right decisions.

    Spark on!
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    Well you seem to be putting on a big working out facade...enough to get my ass back in the game! Running 2x a week..great, plus you are doing other exercises(so you say! hahaha!) So thats all great. Big question is the motivation and workouts helping you stay on track in other(liquid) areas? I find it extremly motivating and am so happy FOR YOU when you work out. It gives CORAL so much better life. Oh btw, be-atch i would loooove to be 160! Appreciate your workout accomplishments and the rest will come. xoxo emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3251 days ago
    You're doing great! Just keep at it! Awesome. Can I ask if you're following a specific training plan or devising your own?

    3254 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Your doing a great job...keep going : )
    3255 days ago
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    Resting is much more beneficial than most people think! Good for you!
    3255 days ago
    Congrats on your progress... I have a hard time logging what I eat on my days off. I still try to eat healthy, I just don't log it and I know it's hurting me. We all have something we have to work on. Small steps my friend... they make a difference.
    3255 days ago
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