I’m happy to say that my second week of training has gone well. I did all my workouts, and even though my total mileage was about the same (23.5 miles), I increased my long run as scheduled. I did switch it to Saturday again, mostly because we got such a late start that I knew I wouldn’t make my yoga class. So, I figured that by adding two more miles, I could run shorter on Sunday, get an earlier start, and make it to yoga.
My strength workouts were again classes that I taught, but they were challenging enough to count. I will get back in the gym at some point, but in the meantime, I’m happy with my two Fast & Furious classes, and my two Superball classes. Check out a couple of the workouts and you’ll see why:
Yoga is an important part of my training, even though I only schedule two classes a week. Not only does it make me stronger, more flexible, and balanced, it calms my mind. Because of my time schedule, I’m happy if I do one workout at home, and one at my yoga studio. This week I did a 30 power yoga audio on Wednesday. I love the audios from YogaDownload.com. . The instruction is excellent, there are so many choices, from beginner to advanced, from 10 minutes to 90 minutes. They have videos to download too, if that is your preference. (note: I am an affiliate, and would make a few cents if you ordered through the above link. But, I really do think it is a great way to practice yoga at home.)
Today after my run I went to a Vinyasa Flow class at Yoga Central, the studio owned by my friend April. Though April doesn’t teach on Sunday, Marysia is an excellent teacher and today led us through an Ashtanga-like practice. It was different and fun (and challenging). A 90 minute yoga class that starts an hour after finishing a six mile run is tough, and sometimes I wondered if I’d make it. But, I did and feel stronger for the challenge.
I was really pleased with my running this week. My total mileage only increased by a half mile, but I felt stronger and faster already. My tempo run was great. I ran 6 miles total. After warming up for a mile, I did six half mile intervals at about 85-90% of my heart rate max. That turned out to be between 8:50 and 9 minute miles (with the exception of one downhill interval at 8:16). Next week I’ll change it up a little (be sure to read next week to see how).
I ran eight miles for my long run this week. As I mentioned above, we got started late on Saturday, so there was no chance of making it to yoga. I figured if I completed the long run, I would do a shorter run on Sunday, and make it to yoga. I’ll admit, eight miles was a little tough. It’s been a while since I’ve run that far. Plus, it was pretty warm, in the 70s, after weeks of running in the 40s and 50s (and one memorable run in the 20s!). In fact, I ended up taking off my long sleeved running top and just running in my sports bra, something I haven’t felt comfortable with for a few years. Silly, I know, who really cares, and I was a lot more physically comfortable without the extra clothing.
I ran 6.3 miles on Sunday, which was tough on tired legs, but I got it done. I ran with Alan and we stayed on the roads, so the time was respectable too, under a 10 minute pace. We got home about 8:00, so I had a half hour to change, eat, and recover a little before heading off to yoga. I think the hardest part is changing into yoga clothing while still damp from sweat.
One of my concerns about half marathon training and increasing my mileage has been my chronic plantar fasciitis. Well, so far, so good. It is there, that is true, but seems stable. I’m pretty sure my 3D Soles are responsible for that. I always wear them when I run, and they keep my feet supported and cushioned. By the way, the good folks at 3D Soles are offering a 15% discount for my readers. Just use the discount code “laquinta” at checkout. (note: While I received a free pair of 3D soles before I reviewed them last year, I receive no other compensation.)
The complete training recap with notes:
So, it is halftime at the Superbowl, the 49ers are currently getting their butts kicked, and it time for me to prepare some vegan Super Bowl food. Pizza, spicy & sweet “chicken” wings, potato skins. Maybe they’re not exactly healthy, but hey, the Super Bowl just comes once a year, right?
So, next week is the Palm Springs Half Marathon, which I’m not running but Alan is announcing. My decision for the week is whether to do my long run (eight miles again) on Saturday, and run the 5k on Sunday, or stay with the schedule and do my long run out on the race course while Alan is working. What would you do?
How is your training going? Did your team win the Superbowl?