As of last Sunday, we are three weeks out from the Rock n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon! I can’t stop saying that time is flying – because it really is! I’ve been following the Suja training plan and also incorporating strength training via 21 Day Fix. While I wasn’t able to complete all the workouts from both plans, I had a healthy mix and two solid training weeks are behind me. I’m feeling stronger and stronger by the day and more confident that I can run a race that I’m proud of at Rock n’ Roll.
Week of 5/2-5/8
This week was all about running. I knew I had my 21 Day Fix Challenge Group starting the following week so I didn’t put any workouts other than running on the schedule – I decided I’d do workouts that sounded good at the time and that’s it. In the end, I ended up just running and doing one short strength workout. I decided to prioritize some much needed quality time with Mike and Siena over additional workouts.
Monday – 5 miles with 3 @ tempo pace. Asia came over and we hit the trails for this tempo run. We went for a slightly less hilly (but sitll hilly) route than the prior week which helped. We ran by effort and not any pace targets. I felt great! I definitely had runner’s high after this workout.
Tuesday – 5 easy miles. Allison couldn’t run with me so I headed out alone. I took a new route which ended up being even more hilly than my normal route, but ran really slow to try to make it a bit easier.
Wednesday – 15 minutes strength training. Mike is currently doing a push-up, pull-up and squat challenge at work so I joined him. We did 4 rounds of 30 squats, 15 push-ups (all on my feet), and 5 pull-ups.
Thursday – Hill repeats with Asia. We did a 1 mile warm-up and then did 30 minutes of 50 second hill-repeats (we got in 15 this time) with recovery jogs on the descent. We did a cool-down to get to 5 miles total.
Friday – Rest day. I slept in and took a walk with the family after work. We put Siena in the front portion of the BOB for the first time!
Saturday – 5 mile stroller run with Allison and the babies. My legs felt fresh and great on this run. It felt incredibly easy which was a great sign. As always, the miles flew by with Allison. And Siena did great in the front of the stroller – she stayed awake but didn’t make a peep – she must have been so absorbed in looking around!
Sunday – 10 mile long run on the coast. Asia ran about 8.5 of the miles with me and I headed out to get in the final 1.5 on my own (she’s still ramping up her mileage now for RnR SD – I already had ramped up to do La Jolla Half). I didn’t feel as good as Saturday on this run – my legs were a bit heavy, but I was able to finish strong. This was also Mother’s Day! We had a wonderful day – brunch with Mike’s family and a BBQ with my family.
- Run: 30 miles
- Strength: 15 min
Week of 5/9-5/15
This week was Week 1 of my 21 Day Fix Challenge. Unlike the last time I did 21 Day Fix, my goal is to get in 6 of the 7 workouts per week and also to try to follow the nutrition plan. I decided in advance to add calories to the plan given that I am training for a half marathon on top of it and nursing. More on that in another post.
Monday – Tempo run. This time Asia couldn’t join so I went out on my own. My legs were tired from the long run on Sunday but I still did 5 miles with just over 3 at tempo pace. Again, this was on the trails. I didn’t pay much attention (if any) to pace – it was all about feel. That’s the good thing about the trails – since the terrain is hard to predict, I don’t put too much emphasis on pace. After work I did Upper Fix.
Tuesday – 5 mile run with Allison. We did two loops on the upper trail near my house which is fairly hilly, but we walked some of the steep inclines to keep the effort on the lower side.
Wednesday – 21 Day Fix day! I did Pilates and Plyo. This was my first time doing Plyo in about a month and I forgot how hard it was! It was a great workout. It ended up being a good thing that I did Plyo since I ended up missing my hill workout the next day so this served as a substitute.
Thursday – Rest day. Sick baby was up half the night and I calculated I’d get 4 hours of sleep if I woke up for my run. I had a jam packed day at work with meeting so no opportunity to get away at lunch and a work happy hour so there was no time for a workout. I didn’t beat myself up about it.
Friday – Another not so great night of sleep but better than the last. I had planned to do Lower Fix and Dirty 30 but instead did Cardio Fix (which I had never done before since I usually substitute it for a run) thinking it would be easier. It definitely wasn’t! But it was a good workout and I enjoyed it. Since I was feeling tired, I did 21 Day Fix Yoga instead of Dirty 30 (Yoga is usually a Sunday workout).
Saturday – 6 mile run and Dirty 30. I felt absolutely amazing on the 6 mile run – it was how you always dream to feel during a run. Light legs, quick pace that felt effortless. I regretted not making this my long run day. I didn’t have any plans with friends to run this weekend so I decided to play it by ear which day I did my long run. Since Mike and I went for a coffee date and walk in the morning, I decided to push the long run til Sunday. I ended up regretting that decision but I don’t regret the quality family time!
Sunday – 12 mile run. This was a SLOG! Even though I got solid sleep the night before, I woke up feeling groggy and tired. It took me forever to get out the door and by the time I did, it was sunny. There was a really strong headwind for the first 6 miles and my legs felt like led. It only got worse on the way back, but I was thankful for tailwind to push me home at least. I considered making it a shorter run but told myself that I committed to running this distance and i was going to do it! I’m glad I did, but man it was hard. I listened to Running on Om podcasts almost the entire time which helped at least!
- Run: 28 miles
- Strength: 3 hours
What are you training for? Do you make strength training a part of your endurance training?