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Happy Holidays! Happy Half Marathon Training!

Posted Dec 27 2011 9:54am

Happy holidays! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas or Hanukkah or several days off work!  I currently am trying to figure out  what to do with all of the new baking goodies I received from the BF’s parents this weekend.  I foresee a lot of cupcakes, muffins and cakes in my future :D

After getting knocked out of sorts by a busy holiday schedule two weeks ago , I feel like I stayed really on track with working out last week. I think I have a good mix of cross training happening and it’s making it easier for me to workout more.  I definitely accomplished everything I was hoping to accomplish last week.

Purple=planned. Gold = actual. Click for full size.

Total:  2 runs, a swim, one yoga class, a ride on the stationary bike , a 4 mile elliptical session, and some weights. Not a bad week. I guess that was technically week one of training for spring half marathons. I’m signed up for the Rock n Roll USA on March 17th but I still have the B&A Trail Half Marathon on March 4th on my mind. That’s a whole separate post that I promise to write soon, but I’m basically starting half training as if my race is on March 4th.  If I find that training is going well, I’ll aim for B&A as my first race of spring.  If not, I’ll give myself the extra two weeks of training and start the year with RnR USA.

Purple = Planned. Gold = Actual. Click for full size.

This week is off to a good start.  I had a 3 mile run on the schedule yesterday and a 4 mile lunch run scheduled for today but I flip-flipped them and did the 4 miler yesterday.  It was a really nice run – it was about 40 degrees with 15 mph winds and I was slightly over dressed.  I should really remember that I’m always extremely hot when I run and I don’t need to worry too much about adding extra layers for wind.  The first two miles were easy because the wind was behind me (10:52, 10:34) and then I turned around and BAM – it was like running into a wall. So mile 3 was slowest at 11:12. Mile 4 was back to a tailwind at 10:33.  I managed to hardly hit any stop lights, which was a welcomed surprise.  Sometimes, I’ll hit so many lights that the elapsed time on my Garmin is almost 10 minutes more than the time I spent running. Yesterday it was exactly two minutes. It’s the little things that can make a good run a great run and not spending 10 minute standing at lights is one of those things for me!

It will be a good end to 2011 if the rest of this week goes as well as the weekend.  How were your holidays? Did you get any quality workouts in?


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