Well, I’m doing it…I’m officially training for a half marathon (I wrote about my hesitation here). I decided to try the Strava Half Marathon Training Plans, which is a service that comes with a Strava premium membership. While I’m currently using a free trial of a Premium membership, after one week of training, I think the $6 monthly fee is well worth the cost and I’ll sign up once that trial ends. I get a weekly training overview every Sunday, as well as a daily email with more details about training for the day, plus a tip for training overall (related to sleep, nutrition, etc.).
(Note, this isn’t sponsored and Strava doesn’t know I exist; I think they offer trial premium memberships to all Strava members…I know my friend Anna got it too.)
Last week was Week 1 of training. I’ve bolded what type of workout was prescribed for each day, and then gave a little more detail about what I actually did.
M – REST. Tommy and I went to the driving range so I was able to have a little activity and get outside. It’s been gorgeous lately!
T – 7.3 miles, 7:50 pace (planned fartlek run, abandoned that plan after 2 miles. Legs just didn’t have it in them.)
W – Rest or Optional Easy Run. I went to Yoga. I went to the yoga class at Top Tier Crossfit and it was exactly what I needed. Not too intense, tons of hip openers, hamstring stretches and twists. It felt amazing. While I love a good, hard yoga class, I don’t need another hard workout in my routine right now, so I was really happy this class was more restorative.
Th – 7.8 miles, 7:53 pace, cruise intervals with Kate, a new running bud! (warm-up + 6 x 1/2 mile repeats at 7:00-7:10ish pace with 2 min recovery between each + cooldown) + CrossFit.
F – 4 miles, 8:20 pace (solo recovery)
Sa – 6.9 miles, 8:28 pace (easy, with the ol’ running crew).
Su – 11 miles, 8:36 pace (solo long run). I definitely need to keep fuel in the car for when I finish long runs. By the time I got home and changed out of my sweaty clothes, I was not functioning. Tommy called me about something about the time I got home, and I could barely form a coherent sentence and was (ahem) not very nice either. (I’m sorry my love!) I barely remember the conversation and felt nauseous and lightheaded. Not good.
Total Miles: 37.2
Really good. I’m pretty sure this is the highest mileage I’ve done in about two years and nothing hurts. I’m paying attention to my body and focusing on going easy when I’m supposed to go easy so that I can do the quality workouts that will make me a stronger runner. The Thursday and Sunday runs are the key runs in this training program, so I had to force myself to skip CrossFit Wednesday night, even though the workout was SO good. (But I ended up being able to do the Wednesday workout on Thursday so it all worked out!)
I’m also making sure I focus on recovery, which means more time in compression socks, more time on the foam roller and lacrosse ball, more sleep, more epsom salt baths and better + more frequent fueling.
I ran in my compression socks on Friday; Maizey told me I shouldn’t leave the house looking like this. 😉
I post throughout the week on Snapchat (terilynhutchie) and Instagram (@afoodiestaysfit) about my runs and eats and recovery, so be sure to follow along there!
I think I’ll only be able to do CrossFit 1-2x a week while I’m training, but I’m okay with that.
Are you training for any races right now? I’d love to hear what races y’all are doing!
What is your favorite recovery activity – foam rolling or epsom salt baths? I kind of love foam rolling, once I actually get started!