Week 3 of Half Marathon Training has come and gone. Check out my accomplishments and lessons learned from this week!
Week 3 of my Wine & Dine Half Marathon journey was one of trial and error. After coming off a week of amazing runs and workouts last week, this one kind of kicked me in the pants. But I guess that’s part of the process, right?
Sunday morning I got in a total body workout and some abs. Working total body is my favorite! For me, I find that compound movements with cardio/plyo bursts mixed in are most effective. They hit my muscles in all the right ways, help me work on my power, and contribute to my overall endurance.
First run of the week! Unfortunately, it had to be done on the treadmill so that I could be available in the event the cable man showed up. You see, someone was moving a storage building out of our alley the other day, and when they couldn’t get out and/or became tangled in our television/internet cables, they decided to just snip-snip and keep on a-moving. Such a nice guy, I tell ya. Our cable provider came out to fix us all up so we could get caught on Game of Thrones, duh!
Leg day!! I’ll be honest–leg day is not my favorite. I really don’t have the booty building desire that a lot of people do, and my quads are naturally pretty strong. BUT…I need to increase power in my glutes and hamstrings for the sake of running, so I incorporate lower body regularly. I always see the benefits of it–I’m just miserable while I’m doing it. Anyone else?
After Tuesday, my legs were pretty tired, so I wasn’t sure how the day’s workout was going to go, but I busted it out anyway. I did a short total body workout and then ran intervals of 9 minutes walking/3 minutes running and it felt SO HARD. I wanted to quit, but of course I’m glad I decided not to.
Rest day. It was 100% necessary.
Friday was another tough run. I did 5 miles and I was a bit nervous about it before I even headed out. I started switching up my nutrition and instead of using grains to fuel, I was relying on potatoes and plantains throughout the week. I don’t think that’s the right choice for me. My ego took a hit by the time the run was done because my stomach just wasn’t cooperating. My legs and my lungs both felt great, but my gut felt like it was holding a bowling ball through the entire duration of the run. Not a good feeling.
I had the same breakfast Wednesday and Friday, as well as the same carbohydrate with dinner the night before. Sooooo… I think all signs point to this girl needing bread. I love you, my paleo friends, but I just can’t do it. Anyway…
Saturday morning I was a little lazy and didn’t get moving until after 10:00. I did Yoga Fix Extreme from 21 Day Fix Extreme using Beachbody On Demand and then did a short ab circuit using the Jillian Michaels App. We are so spoiled these days to have all of these cool little fitness gadgets at our finger tips! I use my phone for so much more than just music during a workout these days.
That’s my weekly wrap and recap in the form of workouts! In the tough moments — and tough patches — I have to remind myself that every bicep curl, every burpee, and every mile ran gets me closer to my goals. When I look back, I’ll be proud of myself for never throwing in the towel and never quitting.
Week 3 Miles: 12.5 Miles
Total Miles: 34.5 Miles
If you missed anything on the blog last week, you can get caught up now! I shared the BEST cheap Texas Wines, a Jillian Michaels Shred Inspired Workout, and a Heat Free Beach Waves Hairstyle! Keeping with my Texas drinks theme, tomorrow my list of best Texas beers will be coming atcha! Later in the week, I’m sharing my Wine & Dine Month 2 training plan, as well as an easy, yummy lunch recipe! Follow along on Bloglovin so you don’t miss a beat!
Question: How do you choose to fuel the night before/morning of a race or run?