Are you reading me? Week 6 - Half Marathon Training

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Happy 235th Birthday today to my Marine Corps! This journey has brought back memories of my training I went through in boot camp and throughout my 4 years as a Marine. The mental toughness needed as a Marine was beyond what most have experienced. I have often told people that the Marine Corps removed my fear to succeed. I never look at a goal or obstacle and think that I cannot overcome it - I just ponder how. This mental ability has really helped this past week - where I had two large goals attack at once. I wanted to complete my 8 mile training run on Thursday and I wanted to get a sub 30 5K time in the Santa Clarita race on Sunday!

Here are my week 6 goals and where I ended up is in ()!

Week 6 Goals (Nov 1- Nov 7) ~ RUN 18 miles total (19 miles actual)

Mon - Track workout. Sprints and run the stairs twice (I ran 1.5 miles, walked 2 more and did the stairs 1.5 times)
Tue – Yoga / run 2 miles (Went to an intense 60 minute spin class and a mile with Rex)
Wed – Spin Class at gym / Upper body weights – 2 mile walk with Rex (day off)
Thur – Run 8 mile long run (ran 8 miles)
Fri – Walk 2 miles (day off)
Sat - Gym workout or jog 2 miles at easy pace (75 min Yoga class)
Sun – Santa Clarita 5K Race - goal is to finish in under 30 minutes! (Race day - 5K and got my best time (PR) of 30:40. Also a 4 mile hike)

Thursday night was my long 8 mile run. I am not going to lie either - it was daunting. Mentally and physically, I felt well prepared for the run. We got to the park a little after 7pm and darkness had set in. I placed some Cytomax in bushes so we had some fuel at our 4 mile turn mark as well - which turned out to be brilliant. Mile 1 was the usual warmup "my feet feel like cement blocks" feeling. Mile 2 was better, but not by much. Just before mile 3 my iPod Shuffle died. As we approached mile 4, I wiggled it and it came back to life! Phew! I felt sluggish during miles 3 and 4 and they were really tough for me and had a hard time keeping my form in check. More than anything, I really wanted to stop and walk. Just after mile 4, we grabbed our Cytomax from the bushes and kicked it into high gear for a really strong finish. Miles 5-8 were my best. I finished super strong and felt like I could do more!

Sunday morning my running buddy Holby and I headed out at 6am to the start of the Santa Clarita Marathon (and half marathon and the 5K which we ran in). I had a timing chip on my shoe that censored my start "gun" time when I crossed the finish line - and about .25 miles after I passed that point, I finally remembered to start my stopwatch! DOH! I finished mile 1 in what I thought was 8:15 - but was actually closer to 9:15. I misjudged my time but still slowed down to stay on my 9 minute mile pace I wanted to keep. As it turns out, I finished the race about 55 seconds off my actual race time because my watch was off and I didn't allocate for it. I still finished in 30:40, which is my personal best and I am proud of my accomplishment. I wonder if my watch had been more accurate if I could have got a better time? After the race on Sunday I finished off the weekend with a 4 mile hike up Placerita Canyon with Rex and ran 2 of those miles.

I can't begin to tell you the feeling of accomplishment I have after this past week. This is huge for me. I am the QUEEN of procrastination, making excuses and not following through with long-term goals. I really am happy with my routine and the fact I have stuck it out - especially when it would have been so easy to give up, to walk, or not to start at all. It would have been easy to run my usual 12 minute mile on race day and use the excuse that my legs were tired from Thursday.

Week 7 Goals

Monday: Track workout with walking and stairs
Tuesday: Yoga and 2 mile run
Wednesday: Spin Class and upper body weights
Thursday: Run 3 miles
Friday: Off
Saturday: 9 mile long run
Sunday: Yoga

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