It does seem a little ridiculous to be writing a post on half marathon training less than a week after I was having a not so good week. But that’s just the way things go.
This week began the official start of training. As of Sunday, it was twelve weeks until race day. I thought long and hard about blogging my progress. It does help keep me accountable, so here it is.
This week is a slow week. My joints are still getting over the flair up. As much as I wanted this next half to be finished in around 2 hours, I know it may not happen. My body just doesn’t work that way anymore.
Training outdoors in cold weather is hard. More warm gear has been purchased. I feel more like the Michelin Man than a runner some days. But keeping warm is important. Running in the dark is not an option here. There are limited street lights, and I may be worried about zombies lurking in the dark. What? Like you’re not.
Instead I have a schedule that gives me rest days as well as running days that fits in around work and other commitments. The dog comes on some shorter runs. He does love the extra exercise, but he really is a hindrance more than a help.
So, the schedule this week is for three runs; 3km, 5km and 6.5km. The other days will all be rest days while my joints get used to moving again. In the weeks to come I’ll add low impact cross training to some rest days.
Things to sort out this week:
Rejigging my running playlist. I’m getting bored with it.
Choosing the right combination of warm and high visibility gear for early morning runs in fog and low light.
Remembering to eat decent food, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep each night.