After a weekend with no school work to worry about and no work, I am feeling refreshed and ready to start my first day at my new job. As with any new job, I am nervous, but since it is everyone’s first day on the job that I am working with, it does make it a little less nerve wracking since we are all in this together. As I mentioned on Friday, I went home for the weekend to spend time with my family and relax before starting my job this week. I’ll be headed home again on Friday for my race (eeeek!), so although I am living up at school this summer, I will be headed home quite a bit on the weekends, which is why I love being just far enough from school that I “go away to school,” but still close enough to visit home.
Switching gears, can we talk about how a week from now I will have run my first half marathon?! I cannot believe my race is less than a week away. Seeing race day on my training plan for this week is putting it all in perspective and as I look back through all of the training that I have done over the past 2 months, I am confident that it will all pay off. I think the struggle this week is getting through “the taper.” Although my taper is only a week, and for marathons and ultras it can be much longer, it is nerve wracking seeing so many rest days and short runs, but at this point I know that is exactly what my body needs. I want my legs to be fresh on Sunday morning when I get to the start line and if that means resting more than usual this week, so be it. I think the issue with the taper is more the mental battle than the physical battle, am I right?
As it has started to become tradition it seems, I started off week 8 of training for my half marathon with a yoga routine. This yoga flow was a new routine to me as I was just searching around on youtube for a yoga for runner’s sequence. I really liked the whole routine, as well as the instructor, so I will definitely be doing this one again. It was a quick 30 minute routine, then I was off to the library to study for finals for the day.
Tuesday was my first exam of finals week and I really wanted to get in a good workout that would leave me energized and ready for my exam. I went out for my 3 mile training run then followed it up with the Beach Babe 3 DVD Caribbean Kettlebell routine. Whoa, 30 minutes of kettlebell moves was no joke! That routine left me feeling absolutely great and although it was a tough workout, I cannot wait to do that one again.
Distance: 3.01 miles
Time: 27:57 minutes
Average Pace: 9:18 minutes/ mile
I went out for my 5 miler and at the beginning I was feeling some pain on the right side of my hip, that I had noticed ever since my long run on Saturday. I knew I was going to spend some time stretching and foam rolling when I returned, but it was really making me nervous. A few miles in and the pain seemed to go away. I still made sure to follow up my run with this stretching routine from Tone It Up and some additional foam rolling. I think my body was still recovering from my longest run to date and giving me that reminder to keep stretching and foam rolling.
Distance: 5.12 miles
Time: 48:33 minutes
Average Pace: 9:29 minutes/ mile
I had an early exam on Thursday morning and wanted to get up even earlier beforehand to do go through the material again before taking the exam, so I decided I would do my workout once I got back. It was a HOT day where the temps reached into the 80s, so I still wanted to get my workout in before it got too hot to bear out. I got back from my exam around 9am and immediately went out for my run. I felt really good and ended up with negative splits each mile, which I have been trying to work on over the past few weeks. I got back to my apartment and decided to do two Tone It Up routines – the Total Body Summer Sizzle routine and the Bikini Abs routine. It was a hot and sweaty workout and I finished in time to shower and get ready for my education course final presentation.
Distance: 3.00 miles
Time: 26:16 minutes
Average Pace: 8:46 minutes/ mile
In usual Friday fashion, it was a rest day. After finals week, I was more than ready to enjoy a day off of training. The roomie and I went home for the weekend and left in the early afternoon to make it back so I was able to spend a full weekend at home. When I got home, I relaxed and enjoyed celebrating my dad’s birthday (a day late) and a relaxing night at home.
Last long run before my half marathon! I was a bit nervous to knock out 12 miles, but I trusted my training and knew I would be able to do it. The forecast showed rain and heat all day long, so I figured it would be best to wake up early and get it done with before it got unbearable. Luckily for me the rain held out! It was very humid out and I came back from my run dripping sweat, but that’s summer weather for you! The first few miles were a bit tough getting into the run, but once I got settled into it I felt really good and felt like I had turned on my running switch and just cruised along. The half marathon course I am running is known to be quite hilly, especially towards the end, so I made sure to get in quite a few hills throughout my run. I took a route that brought me back to my house around mile 6.5 and I had a water with nuun waiting for me at the end of my driveway and took in an energy gel as well. I felt refreshed after that brief pause and knocked out the rest of the miles quite well. Once I was done, I made sure to foam roll and stretch for a while and it helped a ton since I was out running errands for most of the day and felt really good, compared to other times when I feel beat.
Distance: 12.00 miles
Time: 1:53:22 minutes
Average Pace: 9:27 minutes/ mile
I spent the day celebrating mother’s day with my mom and decided to put off my cross-training until later. Although I usually hate working out in the evening, I have liked getting in my cross-training later in the day on Sunday since it gives my body more time to recover from my long run the day before. So, once I got back and settled at my apartment I headed over in the rain to my apartment gym and did 45 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes of weight lifting/ strength training. Boy, do I miss lifting weights regularly! I will be getting back into that after my half is done. This was my last round of cross training for this training cycle and I will gladly be taking a break from the ellipitcal for a while. It is a great cross-training tool, but I get so bored and antsy while I am on it that I will be more than happy to not have to spend my Sundays on it anymore, especially in the summer when I would way rather be outside. On the bright side I was able to watch part of Scandal so that made the time go by a bit quicker. Oh, and I did some strength training on a stability ball and I am hooked- definitely adding more of that into my routine!
Distance: 4.48 miles
And with that, I have less than 1 week before race day! I have a light week of training to give my body the rest it needs before race day so I really want to focus on my nutrition this week, especially with starting a new job, as well as getting sleep. If I can get good sleep this week, I think I will be ready to rock it on race day.
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