I’m currently training for the Gabs 1/2 Marathon on the 10th March 2019. This will be my third Half but the first of the five Half Marathons I have planned this year. I have done this event twice before, in 2017 and in 2018, but both times I did 10 km.
Week 3: A Whole Lot of Sweat
Monday, 14th January: Easy Run, 5.01 km, 36:55 | Squats and Abs Challenge (Day 9). In my quest to never miss a Monday, I started the week with a 5 km run. I set off at 06:20 so it was still quite cool and I managed a solid pace of 07:22 min/km. Ditiro started off with me but went at his usual pace. It was a good start to the week.
Tuesday, 15th January: Strength Training, 50 min. | Squats and Abs Challenge (Day 10). I was supposed to go to the gym but the kids were starting school on Wednesday and I still had labels to put on uniforms. So instead, I had a great strength workout at home using my 10 kg kettle bell (swings, quad lifts, leg lifts) as well as a resistance band. I also did lots of squats and some work on the mat (sit-ups, flutter kicks, planks). It was strangely fun and probably the longest time I have dedicated to a home workout. Progress.
Wednesday, 16th January: Squats and Abs Challenge (Day 11).
Thursday, 17th January: Combo Run, 8.01 km, 1:03:17 |Squats and Abs Challenge (Day 12). It was an uncomfortably hot day. This heat wave is relentless. So before I got home I decided I would use the treadmill and I am glad I did because shortly after I started and for the duration of the run, there was so much thunder and lightning outside!
I started with a 2 km Easy, then 3 km Steady, then 4 x 2 min at Tempo pace with 90 secs rest in between intervals, and finally a 1 km cool down. It was hands down one of the sweatiest runs I have ever done. But I am so glad I really pushed myself after not really being too keen to run in the first place.
Friday, 18th January: Squats and Abs Challenge (Day 13).
Saturday, 19th January: Squats and Abs Challenge (Day 14).
Sunday, 20th January: Long Run, 12.01 km, 1:30:39 |Squats and Abs Challenge (Day 15). I was really nervous about this run for some reason but soon fell into my stride and was very pleased with my 07:33 min/km pace. It was a lonely run as I was on my own but I had some good music for company and made sure I greeted all the other runners out there. I came home and had a good stretch and also did my daily squats and abs challenge – I am now up to 81 squats and a 45 second plank.
Summary: This was a good week. My shorter runs were tough but only because I really pushed myself and I felt strong on my Long Run. I am also pleased that I managed a Strength Training session at home. This coming week I have to restart pilates and hopefully I can make it to a Grid session at the gym too.
[Gabs 1/2 Training Cycle: 69.49 km | 2019 Mileage: 69.49 km | Gym Classes: 0]