Hey there! I hope your week is off to a good start. Is anyone else dreaming of fresh guacamole and homemade tortilla chips? This is definitely my plan this evening. Flaky Fish Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa and homemade nachos are favorites, too – happy Cinco de Mayo!
Fun news: I signed up for my 7th half-marathon! I ran Half-Marathon #6 in February of 2012 – over 3 years ago! That knee injury of mine got in the way of long distance running for a while, but I am ready to give 13.1 a go again. (Call me crazy, but I was actually considering doing the full marathon). Oh, yes – the race. I’m running the inaugural Humboldt Bay Marathon on Sunday, August 9.
Training | Half-Marathon #7
I will officially start training in three weeks on Memorial Day. I used Runner’s World Smart Coach tool (the free version) to design a training plan. I entered my current race time as my PR from Half #6. With little long distance running the past couple of years, I realize a PR (or even coming close to 1 hour 36 minutes) in August is a long shot.
The training plan has me running at a fairly quick pace (including weekly speed and tempo runs) in relation to the time I entered. I could have adjusted my race time for a slower training pace, but why not be ambitious? I’ll use the plan as a rough guide. I actually wanted a plan that included only three days of running per week, so I will most likely skip a run here and there when my body needs it. Rest and cross-training are my tickets to happy and healthy half training.
- Check out my Running Page to see how I trained for previous half-marathons, including tips, training plans & more!
Workouts | Week of April 27
I’ve been loving hilly walking on the treadmill (enjoying it while I can before training begins). I try to go to Strong Pump (weight lifting class similar to Body Pump) on Fridays and Sundays when I’m in town. Two yoga classes was the win of the week for me.
Monday – 35 minute hilly treadmill walk + 10 minute Stair Master
- 10 bicep curls @ 10lb.
- 10 high pulls @ 10lb.
- 10 front raises 10lb.
- 10 renegade row @ 10lb.
- 10 knee push-ups
Tuesday – 60 minute yoga class + 30ish minute outdoor run/walk
Wednesday – 20 minute hilly treadmill walk + 10 minute Stair Master
- 10 wood choppers @ 20lb. (ea. side)
- 10 globlet squats @ 20lb.
- 5 man makers @ 10lbs.
- 10 deadlifts @ 50lb.
- 5 single arm snatches @ 25lb. (ea. side)
- 10 stab. ball tucks
- 10 stab. ball v-ups
- 10 stab. ball crunches
Thursday – 60 minute yoga class + 45+ minute walk (semi Rest Day)
Friday – 35 minute treadmill (20 min. run intervals + 15 min. walk) + Strong Pump Class
Saturday – approx. 4 mile park run
Sunday – 45 minute hilly treadmill walk + Strong Pump class