Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sense of accomplishment

Despite feeling a tad bit under the weather this past week, and being knee high in paperwork (what's knew?), I had a pretty successful start to my half marathon training. This was my first week of training for the half, the first week of 18.

Some of you may be thinking, why on earth does she need 18 weeks to train for a half?! I am hoping with this extra time I will get in some really good long runs before the race. On top of that, I know that life happens and there will be a week or two where my long run will be cut short due to life in general. This way, I can remind myself that when that happens, this is why I decided to train for 18 weeks!

Week 1 recap:

Monday: Run 3.5 miles, 40:00, 11:25/mile
I got this run in prior to starting the workday and it felt great.

Tuesday: Bike 10.8 miles, 30:00, 21.6mph; Run 1.28 miles, 14:00, 10:56/mile
Today I was beginning to feel a bit under the weather and didn't have as much energy as I hoped. I took it easy on the bike and finished off with a near 15 minutes on the treadmill.

Wednesday: REST
I felt really icky this day. Decided to move my rest day today and take advantage of extra sleep. 10 hours was great!

Thursday: Run 3.64 miles, 40:00, 10:59/mile
This was the first day this week that I felt great and the run proved it with a bit of sprinting.

Friday: Swim 2200M, 45:00, 2:02/100M
On Friday's, the pool is open for lap swim from 4-630pm in the afternoon, so I took advantage of that instead of getting up early that morning. Another 9 hours of sleep Thursday night!

Saturday: Run 5.76 miles, 1:09:22, 12:02/mile
The gym is still busy with new years resolutioners, and I thought I got there early enough to avoid the crowd. I was wrong. I had to break this run into two sessions on the treadmill. During the 15 minutes I had between the two, I did a bit of stretching and abs. My right knee was bothering me a bit. It felt like the knee cap wasn't tracking properly. Instantly I had a feeling of self-doubt about this half marathon, but reminded myself to take it slow and my knees should get used to these longer distances again. Positive thoughts all the way.

Sunday: Swim 3200M, 1:24:00, 2:37/100M (freestyle 500M/kick 100M x 5, 200M c/d)
I had a brick workout (Swim/Bike routine) planned for today, but knew that if I wasn't feeling up for it I would just swim. Yesterday's run left my quads a little sore, a good sore. Instead, I decided just do to a long swim, hoping for around 2000-2200M. When I got in the pool a friend of mine suggested using the kick boards today. So we planned on swimming freestyle 500M and then 100M of kick, times 5. We finished off with a 200M c/d. 2 miles in the pool was exhausting but exhilarating as well!

All in all, I think this past week was pretty successful! I look forward to another great week of training.

Tomorrow the little kiddo's don't have school and us teachers have a staff development day. It will be a nice change of pace. I have a lot of meetings this week and paperwork that needs to be finished. My goal is to get in my workouts in the morning, and stay at work a little bit longer each day, getting as much paperwork and stuff done as I can. I am sick of bringing it home each night, as well as working on it during the weekend. I have plans for next weekend, so it's not going to happen!

Happy Sunday, y'all! Have a great week!


N.D. said...

That's great - keep up the good work!

Unknown said...

Awesome training week including a HUGE BIG SWIM today. wow. :-)

Laurel said...

Awesome week for you sister! Hope you're staying warm up there!

Stef0115 said...

Sounds like a great week especially with you feeling icky on Wednesday. Way to bounce back! Glad you are on the road with your training this will be exciting!

Jess said...

Wow sounds like a really awesome week of training! Nice way to kick it off!

Badgergirl said...

Nice week! Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Great start to your training! It's going to be fun to see how things progress.

miss petite america said...

woot! strong start chica!

as for the knee, i used some bands that fit under the kneecap which help with tracking alignment issues...they work.

Aron said...

nice job on the week!!!

ChillyJ said...

You Rock!...keep it up!!

IronGambit said...

thanks!! You are lucky that you can find places to swim at :)

Marcy said...

Oooohhh very nice workouts chica! Very nice :-)

Shannon said...

I hope you have a great week, maybe it'll warm up this week.

Anonymous said...

Having 18 weeks to train is great! I like having more time to let my body get used to those longer runs. I bet you'll feel really ready.

Unknown said...

That is a great week of training. Nothing wrong with having extra weeks in your training plan. The more gradual the buildup, the better the results with less chance of getting hurt.

I like the new blog colors, too.

BeachRunner said...

That is a great week, Teachy. I hope you are feeling healthy, rested and even stronger for this week ahead. Keep on rocking.


Hey girl love all the workouts, your rock!

SavvyFitChica said...

WOW! Yeah, I'd say that's a very productive week- especially while recovering from a cold. Take care of your knee- make sure you're icing it after each run. Also, are you fitted for your running shoes? That will help if not. Cross training will definitely be a lifesaver as well! GREAT JOB!