Monday, 26 January 2015

Training For A Half Marathon Week 1

Last week saw me step up my training and start getting ready for my next attempt at a sub 1.25 half marathon. This is what my training looked like for week 1:

Monday - Speed Intervals (1 min fast then 1 min jog) - 4.71 miles - 45 min 14 sec
Tuesday - Rest
Wednesday - Long Run - 6.83 miles - 59 mins 54 sec
Thursday - Recovery Run - 3.35 miles
Friday - Rest
Saturday - Trail Race - 10K (6.25 mile) - 47 min 39 sec
Sunday - Rest

I'm happy enough with the running side of the training, although I will try and get a Insanity Recovery session done during week 2. I had a race on the Saturday, so I gave myself a day either side of it to prepare and recover.

Recovery Run
Recovery running always feels better on soft ground..

Recovery Runs

This is the first time I've started adding recovery runs to my schedule. I used to just spend the day after my long run with my feet up as I thought I was too sore, but after a few minutes of running most of the pain seems to go away. It also helps burn more calories.

My weight has dropped from 198 lbs to 194.6 lbs since my Running Goals For 2015 post was written. It's not a great deal, but it's going in the right direction. Hopefully I'll be under 190 lbs for my next race in two weeks.

My girlfriend is also training at the minute, but this will be her first half marathon. We are training at different levels, but the recovery run was a good opportunity for us to run together. Our dog Sheldon was able to join us. It seems he likes recovery runs too.

I've been using the foam roller after all my runs which seems to be helping with keeping my legs feeling fresh. The first few times using it was pretty painful, but they don't seem to bad now. It also helps with Injury Prevention.

Week 2 Training Plans

I will try and get four runs done this week, plus at least one session with the Insanity Recovery DVD. I may or may not do the Insanity Pure Cardio DVD. I will just take every day as it comes.

I've not been great tracking my food intake, with only a few days being entered into my MyFitnessPal app. I think the reason for this was a few days of treating myself to chocolate and nut energy bars. I seem to find myself finishing the box, instead of just having a single bar.

If you are training I hope you find some of this helpful. At the minute I'm feeling good and looking forward to getting faster and getting longer distances covered. The only thing that is annoying me is the extra weight I'm still carrying. Hopefully it will come off as I keep training. And try and stay away from chocolate... :)

Half Marathon James

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