New England Half Marathon Training: Week 2

Whooo, Week 2 is over and I haven’t yet given up either training or writing a recap of it! Success! Maybe in Week 3, I’ll even actually do all of the prescribed workouts!

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Yeah, and maybe I’ll also win the lottery and quit my job and buy a house and get a puppy…

Monday

Plan: Rest or cross-train  |  Actual: 10mi spin

Having skipped my long run, which is arguably the most important workout of the week, the day before, taking a rest day on Monday didn’t feel like a real option. And since I’m also doing another charity ride in September, spinning seemed like a solid choice. Actual spin classes really intimidate me (and there isn’t one at lunch time on Mondays anyway), but I do enjoy the fancy-schmancy Expresso stationary bikes at the Y. So I headed over to the gym at lunch time, silently judged anyone who was on their phone, and hopped on a bike. Forty minutes later, I’d completed two laps on “Dragon Fire” (my favorite route) and felt a lot less bad about myself.

Tuesday

Plan: 3mi easy (10:33ish pace) |  Actual: Nothing

A slow start to Tuesday morning saw me a bit out of sorts for most of the day. I got out of bed way later than I would have liked and rushed to squeeze in both a shower and breakfast. No problem, I thought to myself, I’ll just run at lunch! However, the aforementioned late start also meant that I, uh, “missed my chance“…and running under such circumstances always makes me nervous (and uncomfortable). So I didn’t do it. No problem, I thought again, at least I still have softball practice tonight! But this Saturday is the tournament, which meant there was a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff to help the coach with. So with the exception of a game of catch to get one of the athletes warmed up, I didn’t do that, either. Oops.

Wednesday

Plan: 3mi speed (3 x 1600m)  |  Actual: 3mi (0.5mi w/u, 2 x 1600m, 0.5mi c/d) + Barre

What’s that they say about 2 out of 3 not being bad? Going into this run, I had a sneaking suspicion that I wouldn’t actually make it through all 3 repeats. Partly because of the weather (even though it was much nicer than other days recently, it was still hot and there were no clouds or shade to keep the sun at bay). But mostly because I haven’t done a speed workout in a very long time and, even when I did them somewhat regularly, mile repeats were never my favorite. I wanted to hit 3 miles, though, so as I drove to the track I told myself I could bookend the workout with easy-paced half miles—that way I’d have an extra mile under my belt if I did manage to make it through all 3 repeats, and I’d at least be at 3 miles total if I bailed on the final repeat. My splits were terrible and my pacing was all over the place, but I suppose that was to be expected. It will be fun to see how much better I do the next time this particular workout rolls around (Week 11).

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I don’t even feel weird about how much I secretly love Meat Loaf.
(Also, I’m 98% sure this is what I looked like during this workout.)
Thursday

Plan: Boot camp  |  Actual: Boot camp

Maybe it was because it had been two weeks since I’d been to boot camp. Maybe it was because Barre the night before had secretly been even harder than it seemed at the time. Whatever it was, boot camp felt particularly difficult this week, and I really thought I might die at some point. Luckily for me, this class was a little shorter than usual (45 minutes instead of the usual 55-60 minutes), so I ended up with some extra time to regain my composure (although still not enough time for a shower) before heading back into the office.

Friday

Plan: 4mi easy (10:33ish pace) |  Actual: 5.6mi (10:16 avg pace)

I felt pretty awful the entire time and had to take 5 walk breaks (which was about 4 more than I would have preferred) on the steepest parts. But, when faced with the option to turn early and make it a 3-mile loop instead, I kept going—which is absolutely not something that would have happened a few weeks ago. I’m not sure where this motivation came from, but I really hope it decides to stick around for a while.

Saturday

Plan: Hike/Bike/Climb  |  Actual: Softball tournament!

The Special Olympics softball season ended this weekend with an all-day tournament in Keene. It was raining when we got there, but ended up getting really hot and sunny! Our team lost the first game 1 to 5, and then brought things full-circle to win our second game 5 to 1, which was super exciting. We didn’t get much of a break between our second and third games, and I think the combination of everyone being tired and overheated led to us not being able to squeak out another win. We only lost the last game by one run, and our performance was enough to go home with bronze medals!  Between spending all day with one of the coolest groups of people I know and getting a shiny new medal, the day overall was definitely a win in my book.

The Nashua Blazing Thunders!
Sunday

Plan: Long run (8mi @ 10:33ish pace) |  Actual: Nothing

Yes, I know I need to get my shit together and stop skipping the long runs. The only reason I’m even training for this half marathon is because I hate my current personal “best” half marathon time. And the biggest reason why all of my half marathon times to date are so abysmal is because I never did long runs when training for them. However, after only getting 4 hours of sleep the night before due to a middle-of-the-night family emergency (don’t worry, everything is fine now!) and already being committed to teaching a morning yoga class, helping my dad move some more trees in the afternoon, and teaching another yoga class at night, there was no way I was going to run any miles, nevermind eight of them. I promise I’ll stop slacking on the long run next week…maybe.

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One thought on “New England Half Marathon Training: Week 2

  1. You will conquer this, like you do anything you want to do. It’s the heat, damn it’s a long spell. So keep that smile on and keep going. You’re the best 🙂

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