It has been unseasonably cold here for the past week, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop drinking smoothies!
Lunch was nothing new-
Spinach, beans, Greek yogurt, and a spinach pancake. I dropped my yogurt AGAIN today! Thankfully Greek yogurt does not spill as easily as regular 🙂
Not pictured- an apple with peanut butter and ice cream. I’ve been going through ice cream super fast. I think I need to lay off it a little!
I packed a sandwich, blueberries, and clementines to take to work. I normally eat when I get home at 8, but since I didn’t feel like going to the gym before class this morning, I went after work to get some speedwork done!
I wrote a card with different intervals on it so I had an idea of what I wanted to do on the treadmill. Too bad I left it at home! I was meeting friends after work, so I kept it short and did 2.4 miles in 20 minutes. Something is better than nothing 🙂
Today’s run was a special occasion- it was the first run of my half-marathon training plan!
I’m pretty bad at following training plans. I totally winged it for my first half-marathon, but loosely followed Hal Higdon’s beginner’s plan for the last few weeks.
For my full marathon, I did my best to follow Hal Higdon’s beginner plan, but I ended up slacking off the last few weeks.
I decided I really wanted to follow a training plan for my race in 10 weeks. I really, really want to break 2 hours! My current (and only!) PR is 2:08:53, so I have a little work to do.
I’m taking it week by week, because my schedule changes a lot, so the days I run and the distances I complete will be determined by when I can fit them in.
I plan to run 3 days a week, and possibly a 4th run if I’m feeling up to it. This may sound crazy, but I want to focus on quality runs, not running just to run.
My runs will be as such-
- One speedwork session a week (minimum 30 minutes)
- One medium length run (between 4-7 miles) done at my goal pace (9:00-9:10 minute miles)
- One long run (7+ miles) done at a comfortable pace (probably a 10:00 minute mile)
My other days will be filled with cross training- cycling, yoga, strength training, elliptical, and all that jazz. I also plan to take one full rest day a week.
I already have the first week (this week!) planned out, and I plan to stick this bad boy on my bulletin board to keep me on track. I’m leaving the mileage blank on the bottom until the week is over, because I want it to be accurate in case I change it 🙂
My other weeks will be similar, but I want to wait to officially plan them until I know which races I’ll be doing before the half-marathon. I have two 10ks and maybe another half-marathon planned, so we’ll see! I’m not off to a great start yet, so hopefully my run tomorrow will redeem me.
Do you follow training plans, or do you wing it?