Monster Dash Half Marathon Training, Week 1

Finally!  After months of pain and discouragement, I am back to running!  Since I am going to run this next race with my dad (and he reads this blog), I thought I would document my training better this time around.  Maybe, then, if I start hurting, I can ask the advice of other runners out there, see where they maybe saw I did something wrong.

So, here we go!  Week one is in the books, and it went better than expected.

Monday – arm and core strength.

Monday was the very first day of this training program, and while it was supposed to be a rest day, I decided to do a little core and arm strength.  I’ve read that your arms and your core are more important than everyone realizes, when it comes to running, so I thought I would try to work on that on my rest days.

Tuesday – 2.85 mile run.

This is only my third run since I decided not to run the June marathon, and I was a bit nervous about it, initially.  But Ole was ready to go, so I just went with it.  It went better than expected.  I felt a little sluggish, and I walked the last three or four blocks home, at the end.  But I felt pretty good.  Ole seemed to like that I was back on a training program, that’s for sure.

Wednesday – 2.5 mile walk.

I was feeling pretty sluggish, so I counted my walks to and from work in my crosstraining, plus our walking at the dog park.  Bleh.  Hump days are always some of my most tired.

Thursday – 3.06 mile run.

I felt a lot better on this run.  I made it all the way home this time (running the same route as Tuesday), and Ole was well-behaved, as well.  I’m not sure how long this up-before-the-sun stuff is going to last, but hopefully long enough for my schedule to shift back an hour, which it will the week after Labor Day.

Friday – rest.

There were intentions to do more strength building on Friday, but I was pooped after the first week back on a training plan.  So, instead, I made oven-roasted fajitas for H and I and we watched The Untouchables.  It was a solid rest day.

Saturday – 4.00 mile run.

From past training plans, I knew there was a nearly exactly four mile loop near where I live.  Ole and I embarked on that little adventure just after 8:30 am, when H left for a couple of hours at work on a Saturday morning (eww).  Although, compared to a half marathon, four miles isn’t very long, it definitely felt long.  It’s been several months since I’ve gone that long without stopping.  Ole was a champ, and he made a few friends along the way.  He sure likes trotting casually with me while I’m panting up a storm.2014-08-09 09.29.35

Sunday – 20 mile bike ride.

This was H’s idea, and I’m so glad he suggested it.  He spent the day destroying the pull-out couch that used to be in our living room, while I did other things – finished my first PAID editing assignment, met with a potential florist for our wedding, did a little grocery shopping.  You know, it’s not like me to sit still for long.  So, after all of that, H and I changed into our biking clothes, and he took me on this route he’s been trying to do a couple times a week.  It was beautiful – we crossed the river a couple of times, and sometimes it felt like we were in the middle of the woods, rather than in a little park in the middle of two cities.  It was so nice to spend that time with H, away from wedding planning, away from Ole, away from everything that stresses us out.  And biking is one of his favorite things to do, so I’m glad that he likes to share that with me.

It was a successful first week, to say the least!



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