Sunday, November 12, 2017

Half Marathon Training: Week 4 Recap

Yet another training week done! Happy to report that I made my weekly mileage goal and I was even able to get a strength training workout done. My legs are slowly starting to gain that muscle that was lost during pregnancy. Even though I met my goals for the week, it was tough because I have been running on little to no sleep. My little one is hitting a growth spurt and waking up multiple times in the middle of the night to feed. So when I say I'm exhausted, I completely mean it! I got a taste of her sleeping through the night a few weeks back but sadly that was just a tease. Anyways here are the workouts I did for the week:

MONDAY: Treadmill run while the baby napped. I managed to run 3.5 miles with 4x800. By the end of the run, my average pace was 9:04.


TUESDAY: Strength training day! Once again I used dumbbells and a resistance band for this workout. I started with jumping jacks and squat jumps to get the heart pumping. Afterwards I did three sets of multiple variations of squats, dumbbell swings (I don't have a kettle ball), lunges, pelvic floor exercises, and deadlifts.

WEDNESDAY: Even after being exhausted from lack of sleep, I still managed to get in two miles on the treadmill once the baby was asleep for the night. I increased the speed every half mile making my average pace 8:54! Boom! That felt great afterwards...to break a 9 minute pace.


THURSDAY: Rest day

FRIDAY: I realized that I was way behind on my mileage goal for the week so I ran 4 miles on the treadmill. It was an interval run and also happened to be the longest run on the treadmill postpartum. It was hard but I managed to get yet another less than 9 minute pace average (8:56 to be exact)! Made me feel like I was doing something right with my training.

SATURDAY: Since I was planning on making my long run on Sunday, I made my Saturday run an easy one. I ran three miles on the treadmill with an average pace of 9:29. It was more of a shakeout run in preparation for my upcoming 7 mile run on Sunday. 

SUNDAY: Let me start by saying that I was not mentally prepared for this run. My daughter decided to wake up multiple times in the middle of the night to either feed, cry, or just talk so I was exhausted. I had to really convince myself to go for this run instead of go back to bed (which is what I desperately wanted). Needless to say I did my seven miles and kind of surprised myself. Even with the lack of sleep I managed to complete the run with a 9:26 average mile.



This coming week I just have a few goals:
  • Increase weekly mileage: 25 miles
  • Work on negative splits during my long run
  • Complete 8 mile long run
  • Continue strength training
  • Continue stretching/yoga
With my little one not really sleeping at night, getting my weekly mileage might be the toughest goal to obtain. It was hard this last week.  I had to really find the strength within me to finish with my 20 miles right at the end. We'll see how this week goes! Wish me luck!



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