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Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week One

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Monday: Stretch and strength

I did my PT exercises and did some stretching, planks and push ups.
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Tuesday: 3.02 miles (30:13 – 10:05, 9:58, 10:01)

Put Calvin to bed at 6:50 p.m. and changed quickly into my running clothes before Andrea arrived to run with me at 7. I definitely broke out the shorts for this run! It was a beautiful night for a run — even though we were running into the wind on the way back.

Sorry for all of the weird shots of my legs.

Wednesday: 5x400s (1 mile warm up @10:00, 7:25, 7:41, 7:41, 7:41, 7:41, 1 mile cool down @10:00) = total 3.75 miles in 36:37

I was supposed to meet Sara at the track for this workout, but since the forecast called for pouring rain all morning (and because I’m a klutz), we decided to save the track for a less rainy day. Calvin woke up to eat around 5:11 and after I fed him, I changed into my running clothes and headed to the fitness center in my office building to get this run in before work.

After doing the first 400 at 7:25 pace, I realized that was ridiculous, so I backed it off for the remaining four repeats. I walked for a one minute recovery. After the workout, I headed to Twitter for advice:

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I love Twitter! Speedy advice. And from a super fast runner that I have a lot of respect for.

Later that morning I had an appointment at Orthology. Hip is feeling good — we even talked about me being discharged in a few weeks!

Thursday – Had 3 miles on the schedule, but when the friend I was supposed to run with had to cancel, I realized that maybe it would be good to take this as a rest day also, since I’m worried about increasing mileage too fast.

Friday – Official rest day. J and I walked to daycare to pick up Calvin in the stroller (you get weird looks pushing an empty stroller).

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Saturday – 3 miles @10:02 pace

Saturday was extremely windy and cold and there were snow flakes on my car. So basically I was crabby going into this run. The ONLY thing I was looking forward to was wearing my new Oiselle wallace jacket!

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But by the time I got done, I felt strong and glad I didn’t skip the run just because of the elements.

Sunday – 5 miles @ 9:44 pace (10:22, 10:00, 9:35, 9:37, 9:27)

It was already getting quite warm by the time I got out the door. Weather Underground said it was 50 degrees! I wore shorts and a long sleeve — I couldn’t believe how many people I saw all bundled up! It took me a good two miles to feel warmed up, but I felt really strong once I did.

I’m glad that week one is in the books! Here’s what this week looks like:

Monday: REST

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: 30 minute tempo

Thursday: 3 miles

Friday: REST

Saturday: 3 mile pace run

Sunday: 6 miles

For me, the biggest accomplishment of this past week is that running is finally starting to feel like part of my normal routine!

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4 thoughts on “Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week One

  1. Strong week! Saturday was terrible- those gale force winds were brutal!

    Love that Giselle jacket. Did you see Giselle was just on Zulily? I went a little crazy, but I’m afraid I ordered stuff in the wrong sizes (winter gave me a bit of a booty, ha!) so I might be gifting all those rogas to friends…

    I am registered for Grandma’s and hope to see you up there this year!

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