12 week half marathon training: week 3
Having completed two weeks of “serious” training (well, more mileage than I’ve run in a two-week period since September), I’m feeling like I need more than 10 weeks to prepare for this half marathon. Boy, my legs are bricks. I can’t find the spring in my step, and I’m dragging. But, hey, I’m still getting out there. So, baby steps.
week 2 recap
I completed all of week 2′s planned runs, though I had to rearrange the days due to my schedule. (Schedule is misleading, as what I really mean is I switched my runs around to make room for days at the beach. I’m heading back to Portland soon, but before I go, I’m spending as much time as possible at Barceloneta and Bogatell.) Also, let’s be honest: I didn’t do any ab work. Again. Maybe I should just admit that my abs won’t see a crunch or a plank until I’m back in a gym.
week 3: the plan
- Monday: rest day
- Tuesday: 5 miles (2 mile warm-up, 2 miles at goal 1/2 marathon pace, 1 mile cool down)
- Wednesday: 4 miles easy
- Thursday: long walk
- Friday: 5 miles plus 4 x 20 sec strides
- Saturday: long walk
- Sunday: 8 miles
this week’s goals
Last week, I seriously struggled with pushing my pace in the middle miles, so that remains my goal this week. I also need to work on mental strength (no surprise).
notes (that matter to me, but prob not to you)
- I’m falling behind the mileage goals of the Competitor training plan that I’m loosely following, but I still have high hopes that I can step it up once I’m back in Portland.
- Running in Barcelona’s heat is getting a bit unbearable. I’m not one to love the treadmill, but I’m actually looking forward to it!
I’ve got a backlog of Barcelona posts to share, but running, spending time at the beach and revisiting my favorite BCN spots is taking priority. Perhaps it’s a good thing, as I’ll get to experience a little piece of Barcelona from Portland each time I write a post.