Not going to start this post with a “wahoo,” but it’s over.
This was a rough one, mostly because of travel. The first part of the week was spent at a campground, then two full days in the car.
Here’s the schedule we were supposed to run this week, following Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 plan:
- Monday: rest day
- Tuesday: 3 miles
- Wednesday: 5 miles
- Thursday: 3 miles
- Friday: rest day
- Saturday: 9 miles
- Sunday: 1 hour cross train
I’d love to be fitting in some more weight training but this is a lot of running and I’m not finding a whole lotta time. Going to change that next week.
The first 3-miler didn’t happen until we got to town on Wednesday evening. After two very full days in the car, I was crampy and ready to run. I needed to run. And I ran fast, for me (do I need to add that caveat every time or is it pretty clear that when I say “fast” I mean it as it relates to my own pace?).
Then, on Thursday, I was able to get up early for my 5 miles. This was a tough run – much like I was feeling a few weeks ago. I had to stop at 3.5 miles because my arm was tingling and I had a severe side cramp; I used the break to grab some ice cold water before finishing the 1.5 home.
I don’t understand why some runs are so easy and others are so tough, even after all the training I’ve done.
I was going to run another 3 on Friday but decided to give my body a rest. After the traveling, the increased mileage last week and the tough run on Thursday, I had a terrible headache and a lot of cramping. I took it easy Friday; ate really healthy and drank a lot of water in preparation for our 9 miles on Saturday morning.
Week 2, and I’ve already missed a run in the plan. Not going to kill me, I know. Or really change the course of the training, since it’s so early. But I’m slightly disappointed in myself.
This morning, we woke up butt-crack early to run our planned 9 miles. We are lucky that Ginger’s daughter is 13 and able to come over and
sleep babysit while we all run together. This was a tough run for me, though not as tough as the 5 miles on Thursday.
The weather started out awesome. Cool and humid, but breezy. Our first half hour or so was in the total darkness, which is nice because we run the waterfront facing East. We get to watch the sun break the horizon and rise hot as balls into the sky.
And yes, I made Adam and Ginger both stop so I could take this photo and then wrangle my phone back into the armband. I have a new armband and it’s not my favorite – but it’s all they had at 8 pm at Target last night and I was stuck with it. I forgot mine in Wisconsin.
So, since they were complaining, I took their picture too.
Ha! Anyway. I’m just glad week 2 is done and that I’m back to a normal schedule. Next week is more of the same: 5, 3, 5 and then 6 – but we’re changing it up with the following week and getting our 11 in since we’ll be in Key West the following weekend.
Vacations make training a little more difficult but not impossible, as long as we can be adaptable.