AKA my birthday month, yes I will be celebrating all month, and also the month I will be running my first half marathon! The countdown is on!
Before I get too far ahead of myself I wanted to share my half marathon training experiences from May. When we left off in April, things were not looking so hot. I had been following a bit of a training schedule but I had developed some shin splints. I took about 3 weeks off from training and that brings us to the beginning of May
Week 1: I had one wee run to ease myself back in and make make sure I didn’t have any residual shin pain AND I DIDN’T! I also cross trained with barre and yoga.
Week 2: Had 2 runs this week – including my longest to this point – 9.14km. I ran a new route with a new running buddy and it was awesome! We decided to make a pact to run this route or some variation weekly. I love exploring new neighbourhoods on my run!
Week 3: I got REALLY into it this week and had two runs – 11km and 12km and hit up some cross training with a BodyPump class at GoodLife Fitness. I’m about 1 month out and with a loss of three weeks of training I feel really behind when it comes to distance. I realize I won’t get high enough with my training distances leading up to the race so I’m hoping adrenaline and grit will get me to the finish line on race day. Seems logical, right?
Week 4: Just one run, it was 9.24km and rough. Short week + several commitments/excuses caused me to avoid another run like the plague but I did make it to a yoga class!
Total May: 46.0km
I had more km logged than April so that’s an improvement and my pace is more or less the same as it has been – slow. I’m VERY hesitant to run more than 2x a week because I don’t want to injure myself before the run (it’s 17 days away!?). I’ve begun playing a very interesting balancing game.
I’m also curious about how fuelling/sleep/stress/lady-time of the month (yes I went there) may be influencing my runs. Some of the longer are amazing – often I feel like I could run forever but others I feel sluggish and tired.
This will be my last monthly training recap and I’m kind of sad that it’s over! Perhaps I’ll also recap the first few weeks of June leading up to the race. I don’t know what I’ll do when it’s done [other than see Garth, celebrate my birthday, and participate in other summer fun times] but I’m sure you’ll hear it about it! I hope you enjoyed following me along on this journey, it was nice to have the blog to keep me accountable! 😉
Disclaimer: This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.
Let’s chat – Does stress/lady-time of the month have an effect on the way you feel when running? Any tips for tapering before the big race? More importantly, can I carb load, and can it be with all the pasta?