Half-Marathon Training: Week 1

What a weekend!

laying at pool

Spent Saturday running in the morning, cleaning our apartment in the afternoon, and hanging out with a friend in the evening. Today was all about relaxing—church this morning, laying by the pool in the afternoon, and catching up on TV with my husband this evening.

Detroit Free Press Half Training Week 1

This was my first week of training in nearly eight months. That means re-figuring out what successful training looks like.

Detroit FP HALF Marathon Training

I did 5 GPP workouts, 2 spin classes (teaching), and ran 3 times this week. I’d call this a successful week in terms of workouts!

Maria P. is a runner from Ann Arbor, MI   dailymile

Runs this week totaled 9 miles, including a 2 mile temp run and a 4 mile long run.

I learned I still have a lot to learn when it comes to training well. My fueling and hydrating this week were pitiful—definitely have to improve that if I want to reach my race goals. I’m also in need of more practice with keeping pace—my goal for Saturday’s long run was 9:20 miles… I ended up with a 9:23, 9:19, 9:14, and 9:12 mile. Not crazy far off, but not on target, either.

Things I want to work on this week:

1. Smarter fueling—I get busy at work and forget to eat. At the end of the day I’ll notice a protein shake I meant to make and drink and think “crap!” I’m making it a point to pack my lunches/meals the night before and stop what I’m doing to eat them this week.

2. In bed earlier—Last week was a giant FAIL at getting enough sleep. Most weeknights I was running on only 6.5 hours of sleep. Our bodies rebuild while we sleep. I’m pushing my body very hard by adding half-marathon training onto an already very full schedule. I need the rebuilding. I need the sleep.

3. Returning to “real” food—Jeremy and I have been going out to eat A LOT in the past month. Way more than necessary and mostly out of laziness. I’m dialing myself back in and re-focusing on the basics—lean protein, healthy fats, fruits, veggies, and whole grains. No dining out unless we are out of town.

4. Tracking my calories—I don’t believe it is 100% necessary to count calories all the time. But when you are burning a lot of calories, you do need to make sure you are re-fueling well. I’m not sure how well I am doing with this. Time to track for a while.

Until next week, friends!

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