After running 17 races last year as a complete beginner, I am now training for my first Half Marathon on the 13th May 2018.
Training for a Half Marathon is hard. Not so much the running but juggling running with gym, kids’ school activities, birthday parties, work assignments and everything else in between! The last three weeks have not been the best in terms of running – I have fallen down a couple of times but thankfully I’ve gotten up and continued to push forward. Here are some highlights, including my longest ever run and a phenomenal 10 km trail race!
Week 13: 26th March – 1st April
This was the week leading up to Easter so it was quite busy at work but I managed two runs (Easy 5 km and a Pace Workout) plus two fantastic 1-hour gym sessions, including a Kick Class which I had never tried before. It being Easter, I also got to go to gym class with Ditiro which was a nice treat as usually our work schedules don’t allow for that!
Week 14: 2nd – 8th April
This was not the greatest week and I missed all but ONE workout. Thankfully, the workout I didn’t miss was my 16 km Long Run on Easter Monday which I did in 2:15:40! This was my longest run ever! Aaahhhh! Can you feel my excitement? Lol! I did it with my running crew – Ditiro, Tapiwa and Elisa and we had so much fun, each of us going at our own pace but waiting for each other at the end for a good stretch. My knee started feeling quite sore around the 8 km mark which slowed me down quite a bit. So although my lungs and heart felt strong, my knee took a bit of a hit.
That was it for the rest of the week. My knee was okay after a couple of days but I had so much going on that running and gym fell off my priority list. On Saturday though, I did take part in my daughter’s school fundraiser – a quadrathlon where I was the runner in the 1.21 km “sprint”, my daughter was the cyclist, my husband the swimmer, and my dad-in-law our 100m obstacle course runner at the end. It was so much fun and I love the fact that the school is finding ways to get families fit and active in a fun way!
Week 15: 9th – 15th April
After a week of little running, I got back into things this week with two short runs (a 5 km run with the family and a 6.66 km progression run). I also took part in the Lady K 10 km Trail Race which was so much fun! I did it in 1:15:17 which was over a minute and a half faster than last year’s race AND I took second place in the dress up competition – the prize is a dinner voucher and a bottle of wine from a lovely Italian restaurant in town – Basilico! So I would say, it was well worth running in my husband’s scrubs!
Mileage last 3 weeks: 47.73 km
Mileage this training cycle: 216.5 km
Gym Classes last 3 weeks: 2
Grade: B- (Not very consistent at all but I did manage my longest ever run and a great race)
To keep myself accountable I am linking up the inspirational Holly from HoHo Runs and fabulous Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home . The lovely Teresa from Finding Fabulous at Fifty is also guest hosting this week!