HMBTS Training, Week 7

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Well, the pattern I spotted last week (decent week – wonky week, etc.) has broken. This was another wonky week, but I made do. I also got another bruised toenail, bringing the count up to 3. Maybe even following a novice training plan was still too much too soon for my long-suffering toes?

Monday

Rest | Rest

Maybe TMI, but the orthotics I’ve been wearing for several months gave me some gnarly calluses on my right foot… so gnarly, that I had to see a podiatrist Monday to have them removed. The relief when the one on my big toe was gone – ahhhh! It was lovely to be able to walk normally again. Surely this would only help my running??

Tuesday

4.5 mile run | 2 mile stroller run

I originally planned to take the Bairn out to the Bikeway for some stroller miles, but neither of us could get going in the morning, and my mom was coming to visit for the day. I decided for a quick loop down to and around the pond, but then we got chatting with neighbors and ran out of time. So we did a quick 2 miles around the neighborhood – better than nothing! – and then had a fun day with my mom.

Wednesday

Cross-training | Rest

I don’t really have any excuses for this extra rest day… I just didn’t feel like doing my usual cross-training routine, or anything else. It be like that sometimes.

Thursday

Rest | Rest

Typical Thursday, nothing to report.

Friday

4.5 mile run | 4.5 mile run

Huzzah, I finally did what I was supposed to do! After a wonky week, I was determined to get 4.5 miles in… even though I hadn’t hydrated or eaten very well before daycare drop-off. But, it was relatively cool and I figured I’d be fine. (Narrator: She was not.) It was way hotter than my weather app said, I swear, and it was a hard run. But I did it. And my toes hated me afterward.

Saturday

50 minute cross-training | PT exercises and stretching

My right leg hurt after my Friday run, something that’s been bothering me off and on all year (more on this in a bit). I was wondering if my having skipped my weekly informal PT session had something to do with it, so I did it Saturday. I also swept the house, which counts as an arm workout, right? Maybe?

Sunday

7 mile run | 7 mile run

It was upper 70s and uncomfortably humid when I set out for my run this morning, so I opted for loops of the pond so I could have regular water breaks. I figured those would be a good time to pop some chews too. To keep it interesting, and to change up the hills and such, I reversed direction after each bubbler break.

I realized as I ran that I have sort of settled into a love/hate relationship with the pond when it comes to running. I love that it’s a clear-cut 2-mile loop, that it’s a pleasant place to run, that it has a bubbler with cold water plus a bathroom if needed. However, as my long runs get longer, the pleasant view gets a bit old, and the many other people who are typically out enjoying the pond get a bit old too. Especially dog walkers who give their leashes a ton of slack and let their dogs jet out in any direction at random, and especially people who walk next to each other on the sidewalk (or 3+ abreast at the wider bits) and don’t make room even when they see someone coming. Bubbler excepted, I found myself missing the random, pedestrianless roads I’ve been running the last few weeks.

Other people and ennui aside, the run itself felt pretty good. I struggled at the start to rein in my pace, which was hovering just faster than 10:00 for longer than preferred. I managed to keep my running pace between 10:30 and 11:30 for nearly the whole time; my slow mile paces came from walk breaks and/or bubbler-and-chew breaks.

Despite the heat and humidity and the fact that I was taking quick walk breaks every mile after the first 2, I felt strong when I was running, and was pleased with my pace. When I hit 6.75 miles, I even had the (brief) thought that I felt I could run more than 7 miles. I didn’t want to! But I felt like I could, and that was pretty cool.

And yet… I was pretty disheartened when I saw my overall time – 7 miles in just shy of 1.5 hours. My half marathon PR is currently 2:37:58. A half marathon is a little less than twice what I ran today, and if you double my time, it’s nearly 3 hours. I felt faster and stronger running today than I did in my PR race, and yet my projected time is worse. It just doesn’t add up in my mind, and I’m still a little bummed. I feel like I should focus on how I felt during the run and not on my pace worries, but that’s what’s sticking.

Well, that and the pain in my right leg. It was diagnosed as hip bursitis back in April, and then it disappeared for a few months and I was fine until training for this half was underway. The pain first appeared when I started wearing orthotics, which was supposed to help everything, not send my hip wonky and give me gnarly calluses. Not cool. I don’t really want to go to PT, and I don’t want to rest it because this is the best a training plan has gone so far, dammit, and I don’t want to stop even if it’s stupid not to do so. So I’m icing and stretching and doing my old PT exercises and we’ll see, I suppose.

Will this hip pain drive me to the brink?Will Week 8 bring yet another bruised toenail? Will I finally figure out my hydration-without-pond-struggles situation? Tune in next week…

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HMBTS Training, Week 6

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I seem to have established a pattern of decent week – wonky week – decent week – wonky week. This was another wonky week, but I managed to get a few runs in regardless, AND brought my mileage total for the year up over 100! I don’t think I’ve ever hit 100 this early in the year before (or ever…?) It’s not Pace Bunny miles, but it’s great for me, and I’m chuffed. This week also saw my second bruised toenail, but let’s focus on the good, shall we? 100 miles!

Monday

Rest | Rest

I took the Bairn to the park and sat in the shade while he made a new friend and then parked next to me to play with some trucks. Other than that and the grocery store, it was a very low-key day.

Tuesday

 

4 mile run | Rest

The sickness that took the Bairn down over the weekend hit me, and Tuesday was a little rough. I was in no shape for running, but still had the idea planted in my head that we’d try another stroller run at the Bikeway. Instead, Drew worked from home and I slept until noon. I haven’t slept that late in who knows how long. Luckily that epic sleep seemed to vault me over the big and I felt mostly normal by Wednesday.

Wednesday

Cross-training | PT exercises and stretching

Nice, gentle routine to ease me back into exercise this week.

Thursday

Rest | 4 mile run

Drew’s company had a family field day on Thursday, so we both took the day off, kept the Bairn home from daycare, and spent the day frolicking in a field. But first, taking advantage of a schedule change, I got a run in. It was hot, the run didn’t feel great, but I got the miles in and felt better afterward.

The Bairn got in a good workout on the bounce-house-obstacle-course thingies too

Friday

4 mile run | Rest

I had a doctor’s appointment in the morning and after-work plans with a friend, so I happily swapped Thursday’s prescribed rest to Friday.

Saturday

Rest | Rest

The training plan called for a rest day because Sunday was supposed to be a race day… but I kept it in there even though I knew I wasn’t going to race. My second toenail bruise of this training reared its dark, ugly head on Thursday after my 4-miler, and I’ve been nursing some gnarly blisters after last week’s long run, so I granted myself a reprieve before my next long one.

Sunday

5k race | 6 mile run

I was wrestling with whether to race or run long in my post last week, and I ended up going with a second 6-miler. I’ve raced before, so I wasn’t sure a random 5k would bring much benefit to me at this point… whereas after a sub-par 6 miles last week, I mentally needed another long run. Plus, heading out for a long run is so much simpler and less time-consuming than getting all psyched up for a traveling to a race – not to mention cheaper!

This time, I made sure to work the pond and it’s glorious bubbler into my route, along with a few places to buy water if needed in the second half of the run. I think that helped, and it definitely didn’t hurt that it was 10+ degrees cooler and less humid this week!

I managed to run more consistently than last week, though my breaks were a bit longer because I kept stopping to either take pictures or wrestle my water bottle open. It’s the first long run (not a race) I can remember keeping my pace below 12:00 for, so I was pleased with that.

I was also pleased with the views I got by the pond!

Mile 5 was a bit rough… I had stopped to buy a bottle of water after the quick bubbler stop at the half-way point proved to be not enough. Like I said above, I stopped a few times to wrestle it open (condensation on bottle + slippery sweaty sunscreen hands = fail) and guzzle, and then also there were a few awkward traffic situations and stopping at intersections. Given how much I flagged in that mile, I’m chuffed that I rallied for mile 6. Chews and cooler weather ftw!

In that long 5th mile, as I struggled with the bottle cap and remembered how much I don’t enjoy carrying a water bottle while running, I had some time to think about future hydration tactics. I definitely could use something, whether that’s a pack or a belt, if I’m not going to limit my long runs to loops of the pond or loops by my house. Now I just need to figure out which I want… and if I can find anything that’s not exorbitantly expensive!

Will next week be a decent week, following this one’s wonkiness? Will these blisters ever heal? Tune in next week…

HMBTS Training, Week 5

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Ah, back on (somewhat) track this week. Apart from the effects of some tenacious bugs and a sick toddler, my training was mostly decent this week. Let’s dive right in:

Monday

Rest | Rest

My long run the day before left me with a low-grade migraine (or should I say, my lack of hydrating before, during, and after my long run left me with a low-grade migraine?) so I mostly took it easy. I took the Bairn to get a haircut, and we tried to escape the heat afterwards with a leisurely stroll around the mall. Otherwise it was a pretty restful rest day.

Tuesday

4 mile run | 2.5 mile stroller run

By day 3 of a headache that wasn’t going away no matter what I did or what meds I took, I was stir-crazy (Snip-Its and a half-hour trip to the mall don’t really cut it when you’re feeling ill and otherwise house-bound). I figured my head would hurt no matter what I did, so I might as well get my run in. I loaded up the Bairn and we returned to the Minuteman Bikeway for an intended 2 miles out, 2 miles back run in the relative shade.

It was hot and not entirely shady, but otherwise an okay feeling run… until we hit the bug swarms. Holy. Flies. Batman. They were determined to make our lives miserable. The Bairn was crying because they were in his face, and each time I’d stop to help/reassure him, they’d dive at me. Even if I was running relatively fast, they were still on a mission to invade my eyes. It was brutal. I called it around 1.3 miles in, not wanting to risk venturing to the 2-mile mark, and we turned around and ran back with arms flailing.

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Next time, I’m dousing us in bug spray first

Wednesday

Cross-training | PT exercises and stretching

In addition to my now-usual routine of leg/hip/core exercises, I also did a bit of an arm workout at work… I moved everything out of our vault, inventoried and photographed it, and moved it back. You can’t see it, but I’m flexing as I type this.

Thursday

Rest | Rest

Not much to say here.

Friday

4 mile run | 4 mile run

I sneaked out between daycare drop-off and work for a hot, hard 4 miles. I’m getting bored of my usual running routes, so I explored some side streets and sub-divisions. While a bit more interesting, it made me long for two loops of the pond so that I could have access to a bubbler and shade. I managed to keep my pace below 11:20 in spite of the heat and my intense thirst, so I’ll take that as one good thing, at least.

Saturday

40 min cross-training | rest

The Bairn woke up Saturday with a fever and a bad cough, so I spent most of the day cuddling him on the couch and watching the Cars movies on repeat. Drew spent the day tackling yard work that was weeks – and, in some cases, months – overdue, so I was happy to lie low with our poorly Bairn while he made our yard look less like one that belongs to a haunted house.

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I mean, look at the tree growing out of our overgrown hedges. Yikes.

Could I have done some cross training while the Bairn napped? I suppose… Did I? No…

Sunday

6 mile run | 6 mile run

So. Remember how I wrote up there under Friday that I’ve grown bored of my usual routes? Not remembering how desperately I wanted access to a bubbler two days prior, I mapped out a 6-mile route that prioritized running down new-to-me streets, rather than one with any proximity to water or even shops in which to buy water. Add to that a later-than-preferred start, since Drew slept in longer than expected, and a route with lots of unexpected hills and almost complete lack of shade, and you get one hot mess (me) barely dragging herself along for 6 miles.

The first mile was okay In fact, maybe too okay. I ran it faster than I wanted, but this whole run I struggled to keep my pace sustainable. I was hot and so, so thirsty, but my legs wanted to chug along faster than my brain wanted. So I ended up taking a ton of walk breaks. I don’t know what’s better… running more at a slower pace, or running a bit faster and taking more walk breaks? Pre-Bairn, my long runs while training for a half had me doing the former, and my paces were pretty similar to this run, which was the latter. Six of one, half dozen of the other, I suppose.

I was starting to flag by Mile 2. Mile 3 was a little ridiculous. I got lost, several times. Well, not totally lost-lost… I knew generally where I was, but managed to miss the streets I was meant to turn down, again and again, so I kept stopping to pull out my phone and check Google Maps. (This is what happens when I choose new routes, eh?) Miles 4 and 5 were miserable, but not the worst. When I hit mile 5.5, I pretty much gave up and walked home, except for the last tenth of a mile or so, when I had to run to cross a busy street.

If I don’t opt for bubbler-filled-but-boring routes, I think I need to start carrying water on these long runs, which will continue to only get longer for the next several weeks. To be honest, I don’t even know where my sub-optimal hand-held water bottle thingie is anymore. It leaked, the water warmed up super fast, and it didn’t hold nearly enough, but man, I missed it on Sunday.

Next week actually calls for a 5K race rather than a second week of 6 miles. I haven’t decided if I want to sign up for a random race, try to “race” 5K on my own, or just run a long, slow 6 again. I have a week to decide…

Would you follow the training plan and race, or do another long run?

Is one of those hydration backpacks worth it for these hot, summer long runs? Or is my inner gearhead just trying to get me to spend unnecessary money on new kit?

HMBTS Training, Week 4

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This week ended up being a bit wibbly, as shifting a long run from Sunday to Monday is apparently enough to send me skidding sideways, training-plan-wise. Let’s see how I picked up the pieces:

Monday

Rest | 4.5 mile run

As I mentioned last week, Sunday was hot as soccer balls and I was a giant grumpus, so when I saw that Monday was supposed to be cooler, I bumped my long run up a day.

Drew had been sick all weekend and wasn’t 100% by Monday, so he took a sick day. Thankfully he was well enough to be on Bairn Duty, so I was able to do this long run a) without the stroller or b) not on the treadmill at the gym. I picked a route that took me by two bubblers and a bathroom, and figured I’d be golden.

While the 80*F temp did indeed feel cooler than the 90+/over 100 with heat index of the weekend, it was still incredibly humid and sticky and gross. My weather app said it was only 56% humidity but I swear it was worse than that.

Look at those storm clouds just wanting to rain down on me! Sadly they did not.

I was supposed to do 5, but could only manage 4.5 before calling it quits. I made it down to the pond and part way around the lagoon (not even 2 miles total) before I wanted to crawl home and wave the white flag. I took a lot of walk breaks, and my running speed was sloooooow. But something is better than nothing, eh?

Tuesday

3.5 mile run | rest

My hip/leg hurt pretty bad after my long run, plus the training plan calls for a rest day after a long run, so I rested. It was nice.

Wednesday

Cross-training | 3.5 mile run

Drew was on bedtime duty so I snuck out for a sunset run to make up for Tuesday’s rest day. I was feeling good, so I figured for grins I’d try to see how far I could run before I had to stop.

Guys, I made it all 3.5 miles! I don’t think I’ve gone that far without a walk break in literal years. I didn’t even stop at intersections or anything – I just adjusted my route so I wouldn’t need to. It made me feel like a boss, and I felt so good afterward. Yay for a good run after a not-so-great one!

Thursday

Rest | rest

Back to my usual schedule, which meant no time for anything but resting. Which I excel at.

Friday

3.5 mile run | PT exercises and stretching

I opted to drink a leisurely coffee and read before work rather than try to squeeze a run in. Then bedtime was waaayyyy off after the Bairn needed an emergency bath post-daycare (seriously, did he work up a sweat and then roll in the dirt? … probably), and after dinner took super long for some reason. By the time all was said and done, it was dark out and I didn’t want to go to the gym. So I did my usual Wednesday evening PT routine and called it a night.

Saturday

40 min cross-training | rest

I got my hair cut and apparently that was enough to exhaust me for the rest of the day. So other than pushing the Bairn around the yard in his Little Tikes car, I had another rest day.

We also examined the wheels on his new present from Dappa (Grandpa)

Sunday

5 mile run | 5 mile run

Huzzah! A long run that was pretty decent! I met up with the Shammies at HQ, more for motivation than anything, and ran the first mile with J, who is recovering from knee surgery. We had a nice chat then split off on our own routes – she on the road to home, and me (I?) on the bunny trail.

I hadn’t hit the bunny trail in maybe 4 years. I remembered it being about a 5-mile route from HQ, and a nice change of scenery from just loops around the pond, which is what the other Shammies were doing.

The bunny trail and a hard-to-see stream on the right

I made it just shy of 3.5 miles without having to take a walk break (though I did take a quick bubbler break at the pond), and was feeling pretty good. My pace picked up in the middle mile (when I was on the bunny trail, by myself, in the woods and feeling like I wanted to be out on a street again), but otherwise was holding steady around 11:20.

The last half-mile was the worst. It was back on the road, after several long hills, and in full sun. It wasn’t quite 9am but already the temp was climbing, and I was done. I had an image of a frozen coffee from Dunkies in my mind, and it was the carrot I needed dangling ahead of me to finish up. And it tasted amazing.

Considering this was my longest distance so far on this plan, I’m quite pleased with the run as a whole. I felt good until around 4.4 miles, with long stretches of being able to run without wanting to take a walk break. 11:20 is a decent pace, as historically my long runs tend to be over 12:00/mile. I just need to keep it up and soon 5 miles will feel like cakemeat, right??

Will I be able to recalibrate my training plan next week? Will the heat that’s still lurking knock me off the rails? Time will tell…

HMBTS Training, Week 3

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This week included a heat wave and my first bruised toenail of training season – woo hoo! Let’s dive right in:

Monday

Rest | 4.5 mile stroller walk

This week was forecast to be in the upper 80s – mid 90s, so when Monday morning was still in the low 70s, I was determined to get out and do something with the Bairn. Last summer we took epic stroller walks to Dunkies and various parks, and this morning we went to Dunkies and then for a stroll around the pond. I was dragging by the end, but it was nice to get out on a gorgeous day, rather than hiding inside with the A/C pumping.

Down the pond

Tuesday

3.5 mile run | 3.5 mile stroller run

I was intimidated by the evening’s scheduled speedwork, and was also looking for something to do with the Bairn before the temps turned scorching. Figuring the Minuteman Bikeway might be shady and cool (and relatively flat!), I loaded the Bairn and the jogging stroller into the car and away we went.

This was my longest stroller run yet (previously was 5k), and dang, it was hard. And a little discouraging. Samantha’s Harvest had me all cocky about my increasing speed, and then here I was, barely able to hit a pace of 12:00/mile on a flat course. I blame the heat (I chose the direction that was way sunnier than I expected) and my wonky leg. But still, miles are miles, I got it done, and it was pretty:

For a post-run cool-down, the Bairn and I went to a new playground nearby that had a splash pad. Man, I wish these things existed when I was a kid!

Wednesday

Cross-training | rest

It was hot, and I was nursing some blisters and a bruised nail from the day before’s stroller run. When I spied the forecast for Thursday, I decided to take an early rest day and embrace some laziness.

Thursday

Rest | 3.5 mile run

Thursday was the one day that saw some temps in the 70s this week, and serendipitously, I had a schedule change that meant I had the morning free. Rather than have a rest day, I ran giddily out into the relative cool and blazed some new-to-me trails in my neighborhood. It was still humid, so it wasn’t a totally ideal run, but I was happy to be out that day rather than in the stickier Friday temps!

Friday

3.5 mile run | PT exercises and stretching

Pretty much same-old same-old compared to weeks 1 and 2 – I added a few seconds to my planks but otherwise kept the same routine.

Saturday

40 min cross-training| 1 40-second plank

It was hot. Hawt. Hott. Hot as soccer balls. And after the Bairn woke up super grumpy from his nap and remained so for the rest of the evening, I was in no mood to do anything. So I did a single plank and called it a night.

If I really want to stretch, I can claim that lugging a hose around the yard and splashing with the Bairn in his tiny wading pool was cross training…? Not really, but it’s all I got.

We barely fit in there together

Sunday

5 mile run | rest

Sunday was even hotter than Saturday, and there was no way I was going to run in that mess. Even at 7am it was over 80 with the heat index, and still up there in the evening. I also did NOT feel like running 5 miles on a treadmill in the stuffy gym, even if it would be marginally cooler than outside. Then I saw it was going to be cooler on Monday, so I opted to move my long run to the following morning, and took a grumpy rest day. Not even a plank. Just a case of the grumps.

Onward to next week…

HMBTS Training, Week 2

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Monday

Rest | Rest

Rest days are awesome.

Tuesday

3 mile run | 4 miles Expresso Bike, 1 mile run

I was being a little cautious about my leg this week, so I decided to sit out on speedwork. Plus, in all honesty, it was hot again so I wasn’t too sad about sitting out.

Instead, the Bairn and I went to the gym. He got to play with trucks in the childcare area while I got my Expresso Bike on. The only problem was I kept choosing super hilly courses that made my dodgy leg hurt, so I gave up after starting and abandoning a few. I opted to walk on a treadmill, then realized my leg was feeling okay so I did a test mile. I ran slower than usual and kept a 0 incline, and my leg didn’t hurt at all. I iced it at home for good measure.

Wednesday

Cross-training | PT exercises and stretching

I repeated last week’s routine, but added 5 seconds to my planks and a few more exercises – side-lying leg lifts, prone hip extensions, squats, and lunges. Everything felt good except the lunges, which tweaked my right knee a little. Uh oh… that sucker has given me trouble in the past. I broke out the ice pack again just in case:

Thursday

Rest | Rest

Thursdays are my late day at work, so rest days suit pretty well.

Friday

3 mile run | rest

And the wheels have fallen off already! (Well, hopefully not.) My morning went wonky when the Bairn had a meltdown before going to daycare, so I didn’t have time for a pre-work run. I figured I’d go after dinner, but then I got struck with stomach pains that were intense enough and in the right spot to make me google appendicitis symptoms. False alarm, but I was uncomfortable enough that resting seemed like the smart choice.

Saturday

30 min cross-training| 10 min arm workout

I did 2 sets of 10 reps each of bicep curls, shoulder presses, side and front raises, and … a few other things? … with 2 lb. dumbbells. It was only a third of the time I was supposed to do, but my right arm was popping each time I moved it and I’m being super paranoid about my body this week, it seems. However, earlier in the day I had pushed the stroller/chased the Bairn around Jamaica Pond, so that also counts as CT, yes?

Sunday

4 mile run | 3.5 mile run

Let’s approach this run in terms of lessons learned, shall we?

  1. When the day is forecast to be around 90*, I should probably get my lazy bum out of bed earlier and get a run in while it’s relatively cool. Even by 9am it was narsty out there.
  2. When the day is forecast to be around 90* (or even if it’s not, tbh), I need to DRINK MORE WATER. Seriously, you’d think I’d know this by now. Today was special, though. I drank a cup of coffee and then went out, no water at all. Great job, me. I was pretty dead by 2 miles and trying not to faint.
  3. Talking to birds while on a run is okay, but maybe not when there are other people around. (I heard a Carolina wren in a stretch of woods and stopped to try to see it. I think I was saying “maybe you’ll let me see you on my way back?” when suddenly there was a lady walking by me and eyeing me cautiously… god knows who/what she thought I was talking to.)

I started this run well enough, making sure I warmed up beforehand and kept my pace slow so as not to anger my dodgy leg. It didn’t bother me at all until I stopped for my impromptu birdwatching at around the 1-mile mark, which was an improvement from last week. My lack of hydration and the beating sun made mile 1.5-on really unpleasant, and I ended up walking the last half-mile. Boo. Hopefully next week goes better!

 

Half-by-the-Sea Training, Week 1

Oh hello, look who’s back and giving a training plan another go! That’s right… I’ve got not one but two half marathons on the horizon (more on that later), so I know I need to knuckle down and do this smarter than I’ve done in the past. Given that I tend to not make it much past Week 1 of any plans, we’ll see how this goes… but I’m determined to give it a try.

In mid-September, I’ll be running the Half Marathon By-the-Sea (HMBTS from now on in my posts because that’s a lot to type otherwise) in Manchester-by-the-Sea, a cute little town on Cape Ann known for its Singing Beach and general posh atmosphere, and now more likely known because of the Casey Affleck film of the same name.

IMG_3476I’ll be running my second half 3 weeks later… [insert cringey face here]. I threw my name in the lottery for a bucket list race, assuming I wouldn’t get in, and then got gently peer-pressured into HMBTS by a co-worker. Once I registered for that and started plotting out my training plan, I got the fateful email saying that I had lucked into a spot in the OXFORD HALF MARATHON [pause for excited squeal]

I’m so freaking excited to run in one of my favorite cities – and to bring the Bairn to said city – that I’m totally okay with running more miles in the span of a month than I ever have, or probably want to. The way I figure – I’ll train for and run HMBTS like a regular half, and treat Oxford like a straight-up ~experience~ run and not worry about my time and such. (Which is good, because I’ll be so full of Cornwall Pasties and Greggs that I’ll end up waddling the race anyway.)

So, yeah. In terms of training plans, I’ve slightly modified Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 plan to account for my work schedule and Shammies speedwork and such. So, with no further ado after all the above ado, here is how Week 1 went down:

Monday

Rest | Rest

I’m so good at rest days, you guys.

Tuesday

3 mile run | 2.75 mile run w/ speedwork

I made my grand return to the track with the Shammies (potentially my first speed workout since before the Bairn was born…?) for a scheduled 6 x 200. I ran a 1-mile warmup, did 5 of the 200s with slow 200m jogs in between, and finished with a half-mile cool-down.

It was great to be back, and fun to run with a small pod of runners near the back of the pack for the workout. The only downside was some pain in my hip/IT band (more on this later; it’s an injury that’s been plaguing me for a few months) so I cut the workout short. It wasn’t the prescribed 3 miles, but close enough considering there was speedwork in there, right?

Wednesday

Cross-training | PT exercises and stretching

Even though lifting and carrying a toddler every day seems to be providing me with unofficial arm/core/leg workouts, I figure it can’t hurt to do some of that on purpose as well. So I did some planks, then tried to recall the PT exercises I used to do for my knee/IT band injury – clamshells, leg lifts, bridges, and some “knee stabilization” thingies. I think I’ll continue these going forward, with some more exercises added for hips, back, and glutes.

Thursday

Rest or 3 mile run | ~.8 mile fun run

Thursday was July 4th, so it was the Shammies’ annual Big Race Day, which includes a free kids’ fun run. The Bairn had been expressing interest in running races (he threw a fit at the WFD6K this year when he realized he wasn’t going to be doing the kids’ race with all the other kids) so we gave it a go. I “ran” with him (read: ran a tiny bit but mostly tried to keep him focused when presented with distractions like diggers, puppies, and motorcycles) so basically a rest day.

Friday

3 mile run or rest | 2 mile run

Oh good god it was so hot on Friday… low 90s with humidity and just gross. I snuck out for some miles after putting the Bairn down to sleep, and it was still in the 80s at 8:30pm. I felt like I had run at least 5 miles by the time Simon II beeped for 1. It wasn’t pretty, and my hip was hurting, so I cut short at 2 miles. The bright spot was… me! Check out my dayglo look:

Saturday

30 mins cross training | rest

I worked all day Saturday, and right after I got home, the lads and I went to a friend’s house for a small party in honor of friends from California who were in town. We didn’t get home until 9, and I was exhausted. Pushing book carts and chasing toddlers counts as CT though, right?

Sunday

4 mile run | 3.5 mile run

This run was not pretty. My leg was hurting badly enough that I had to stop every half-mile or so to stretch and walk for a bit. I don’t think I felt okay until Mile 3 (maybe my problem is that I’m not warming up enough?), and I only kept going for the .5 because my leg finally wasn’t killing me or trying to drag behind me. Maybe I should have ran less, or iced and rested, but like I wrote way back in the intro to this post, I’m determined to try this training plan, and I didn’t want to crap out in Week 1! Sigh.

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Not the best Week 1 I’ve ever done, but I muddled through. I’m planning to take it a little easier Week 2 and to focus more on stretching and working on my hip/leg, so that I don’t derail everything with injury before I even really get started. Let’s hope I can do this smartly!

What are your favorite ways to cross-train?

Any suggestions for PT-type exercises for hips/IT band/glutes?