I’ve decided that with half marathon training kicking off, it’s a good excuse to start taking better care of myself. I know that sounds weird, but sometimes it takes something special to really motivate me. These are the things that I really want to focus on:
- Get better sleep (hopefully the SleepCycle app will help with this!)
- Eat foods that make me feel good (less gluten and dairy)
- Honor rest days but make sure I’m getting in quality workouts (as Jillian Michaels would say — “don’t phone it in”) on the other days
I did my first tempo run yesterday! Or at least I think I did. I don’t know why I get so confused by any and all speed work. Maybe one of you lovely readers can help me.
According to McMillan, my tempo run pace should be between 8:46 – 9:03. I also read about adding 30-40 seconds to your current 5K pace (~8:22).
The training schedule called for a 30 minute tempo run, so this is what I did:
-10 minutes @ 8:57
-15 minutes gradually increasing pace until I peaked at 8:00 and held that pace for about two minutes
-5 minutes easing back down to 8:57 again
Does that seem right?
This morning I met Anna at the gym for an early morning strength session. I finally feel like I’m back in the weight lifting groove.
What’s left for the rest of the week:
Friday – REST
Saturday – Swim with Andrea / 3 mile (pace)
Sunday – 6 miles
I head to Chicago for work on Sunday afternoon but you can bet I’m bringing my running shoes along! I’m seriously so excited for the hotel though. They have a really great loyalty program which includes having a yoga mat in my room waiting for me!
I’m attending a two-day seminar but I am also planning to enjoy Chicago as much as possible while I’m there. I used to spend a ton of time in Chicago but haven’t been there in awhile! So I have dinner plans with a friend when I get in on Sunday and then with another friend I haven’t seen in FOREVER on Monday! Let’s hope the weather cooperates — looks like the Midwest is going to get some more snow!
Give me tempo run advice! Who’s running spring half marathons?