Week 3 of half marathon training: increased miles at still easy pace (HMP+1:30 approximately) as planned. I have one more week of easy workouts before I add some interval and speed workouts. Because the weather was so cold in the mornings (one day 9 degrees!), I started later in the day, bundled up like a baby. Layers are good protection against the cold but they make it harder to move with any semblance of grace!
A quick recap:
Sunday: 5 miles run at easy pace; 3 mile walk around town
Monday: 6 miles on treadmill (easy warm up, then 3 x 0.5m @8:05/8:27, cool down). Slightly embarrassed as recreation center staff had to tap me on the shoulder and ask me to stop as someone was waiting. Yikes!
Tuesday: Bike indoors for an hour (climbing program); 3/4 hour core strength & flexibility workout
Wednesday: 7 miles easy on Boulder Creek Path (so beautiful with ice covering much of the stream and snow hanging from the trees)
Thursday: 4 miles equivalent aqua jogging (tried to vary rate of perceived effort with some strides, sideways stretches and faster leg turn-overs). The pool has been cool so wore my old wet-suit top to keep in some heat.
Friday: 6 miles run (5 miles easy, one mile VERY SLOW); right leg bothering me so decided best to almost walk the last mile; 2.5 mile hike to Flagstaff Star (community-sponsored giant star that’s lit from November-January, which we can see from our upstairs bedroom window at night.)
Saturday: 8.5 mile walk (I’ll call it “active recovery”).
It will be a challenge during the next three weeks to maintain my training program. I’ll be in Taiwan with my older son and family. I’m sure we’ll rack up lots of walking miles–he loves to run so maybe we’ll be able to take turns running and playing with baby.