Half Marathon Training Log: Week 3
This is going to be a really short post about the week's training on the road to the Berlin Half Marathon. I realise that's a pretty self-absorbed blog post but hey, my blog (my rules!) and it might be interesting if you are training for something too. I've had a really busy week but no complaints - after illness after illness (cold, followed by gastric flu, followed by another cold, ARGH) at the end of 2016, I'm just so glad to get out of bed every morning feeling fit and well and I'm taking advantage of it and getting my workouts in!
Here's my week's training:
Monday: I started the week with an arms-abs workout as part of Kayla Itsine's 12 Week Challenge (essentially a programme of at home resistance workouts), which I am planning on sticking with until the end this time. I will, I will, I will...ask me in a few weeks! I'm using the Sweat with Kayla app for the first time rather than the printed out workouts (old school!) and I'm finding it a lot more motivating. Despite the fact that I don't upload the scheduled LISS (exercise at a Low Intensity Steady State), mainly because I think my 30 minutes of walking a day knocks it on the head anyway, there's something that makes you feel more accountable to your planned workouts when you tick them off in an app!
It's going well so far anyway and I'm not finding the workouts as hard as I remember last time around, although I fell off the wagon around week 7 before. It's also easier to fit them in a lunch hour as they are shorter than the average class, and I am taking the time to cool down which I've not done before (naughty!). I don't use Kayla's healthy eating plan however and although my breakfast, lunch and dinner are always pretty healthy, I'm massively letting myself down at the moment by scoffing loads of chocolaty crap. Unfortunately I'm a bit all or nothing so once I've grabbed a pizza and cookies for dinner, I feel like the week's a write off and continue to eat unhealthily for the remainder of it. Does anyone else have this problem?! It's the 'the diet starts on Monday' mentality I'm sure.
So it's back to cutting out the processed carbs and refined sugar for me, at least during the week, until I feel a bit better about my eating habits!
Tuesday: Speed treadmill class at The Third Space - it's the first time I've been to one of these classes where we warmed up properly together and activated the glutes, which my trainer at the Running School (more on this later) is very big on. Loved the session and found it a lot easier running sprints in an evening class compared to my usual morning one. Must be all that garbage I've been eating all day fuelling me! Haha.
Wednesday: Instead of Kayla's full body workout, I went to the gym at lunchtime with some girls at work for a few rounds of circuits. I used to hate (find it embarrassing?) seeing people from work at the gym but I embrace it more now. Working out with colleagues can actually be fun...
Thursday: I was on a train up north for work today so had a rest day. The journey was slightly fraught because of a tube strike and it was a freezing day, so I was worried I was going down with something by the time I got home. I just need to hang on to avoiding colds at the moment, which always seem to get me the week before a race!
Friday: I was supposed to be going to 1Rebel with some friends but a last minute change of weekend plans got me in the gym at lunchtime doing my final Kayla session. I also attended the Running School in the morning, which was more of a workout than I expected! I am definitely not going to schedule in another session on the same day next week and use it as my workout for the day because my legs were ready to fall asleep after! I'm pleased with how these lessons are going so far, it's so crazy working on running technique after running a certain way for so long.
Saturday: Away with family so resting again today.
Sunday: Just under 7 miles running, which I stopped short of because of a twinge running up my left quad to my groin. Second time this week I've felt this weird buzzing pain so I didn't want to push it. With my new technique in mind, I ran the first 5km working on using my arms to drive and not twisting across my body. After a quick break, I ran the second 5km bringing in my legs kicking back - I thought this would make the run slower as it feels like it requires a bit more effort on my part but the technique clearly works as I felt myself propelled along!
If I can run this speed next week at the London Winter Run, I will be extremely happy. I want to beat my previous 10km time of 54:56 so anything under that would be amaaaazing. Let's not count chickens yet though!