I’ve been meaning to write a training update for a while now, but it kept getting pushed to the back burner for some reason. Today I realized it’s been over a month since my last check-in, so this post quickly moved up on the priority list.
Let’s take a look at how things are going in preparation for the Disney Princess Half Marathon…
To be honest, I’ve abandoned any sort of “formal” plan at this point. Yesterday I ran 7 miles, so I plan to increase that by 1 mile each weekend, eventually reaching 11 miles on February 16. I’ll have one remaining weekend before the half, and I’ll plan to do a short run. (Or should I do 12?) I’ve also been completing short runs during the week when I can.
Aches and Pains
So far, so good in this department!
I’ve noticed that I can run farther without my legs starting to ache, so I’m happy to be improving. As I mentioned, I ran 7 miles yesterday. I made it to mile 5 before feeling any sort of pain in my legs, when it usually hits me much earlier than that. However, it did feel like my ankles were going to snap when I first got out of bed this morning; I should have slept with my compression socks on!
Success and Struggle
My biggest success is reaching 7 miles! I had attempted it a few times before but was never successful. I got so happy yesterday when I hit 6 miles, was still feeling okay, and knew I was finally going to do it.
I think my biggest struggle for the remainder of my training is going to be finding time for my long runs. Saturday morning is ideal for this, but the farther I have to run, the longer it’s going to take (imagine that! ).
I’ve still been taking CX Worx and BodyPump classes regularly (usually twice a week). I’m excited because my gym is launching new releases this week… the current ones are getting kind of stale.
New Running Gear
I’ve been loving my Garmin Forerunner 10; it’s such a lifesaver! Gone are the days when my Nike+ app resets itself for some ungodly reason.
I’ve also been doing my long runs with a SPIbelt (I always need tissues). Chris got me an iPhone armband for Christmas, and I’ve been getting a lot of use out of that, too.
I’ve also been trying out various types of fuel for my long runs. I had tried Gu gel a few weeks ago, but the texture sort of grossed me out. I bought a few new products at Dick’s on Friday, and I used the Gu Chomps yesterday. I loved the taste (watermelon flavor!) and definitely preferred the texture to the gel! It didn’t seem to upset my stomach during the run, but my stomach wasn’t feel so hot afterwards.
I plan to try the Shot Bloks and Sport Beans in the coming weeks. Some of my Instagram friends also suggested raisins! I’m not a huge raisin fan, but I might give them a try.
What I’m Listening To
Here’s a look at Saturday’s playlist…
Days Until Half…
40! Ah! It’ll be here so soon!
What’s your current favorite song to workout to? I’ll need to add a few songs to my playlist for next weekend’s 8-miler.