Hello and happy Friday everyone!!
Hahaha who else can agree with the above image? I feel like a lot of us crazy runners can now that the season of fall marathon/half marathon training is upon us. Ah and what a great season that is! Other runners are all out in droves getting their summer miles in and sweaty selfies are pretty much dominating every social media platform I use. I kind of find it hard not to be motivated by all of the awesomeness that’s always going down during fall race training season! But that’s pretty much the only aspect of running that I enjoy during the warmer months, not gonna lie, but I’ll take what I can get! 😉
Anyway, I didn’t really have anything exciting to report about my half marathon training cycle yesterday, hence the radio silence from me. Pretty much all I did yesterday was watch season 6 of Game Of Thrones (and I just finished it this morning!). Does anyone know if I can buy the episodes of season 7 as they come out on like Amazon or something? Because a lot of shit went down in season 6 and I NEED to know what happens!!! But if worse comes to worse I’ll just wait for it to come out on blueray. Anyways, in the middle of my binge watching I put in 30 minutes on my stationary bike, and as I was supposed to cross train yesterday I’ll definitely take that as a win.
So yeah, as far as training goes yesterday was boring but necessary. As for today though, I was super excited about today’s workout ever since I saw it on my scheduled; my first fartlek of half marathon training! Yay!! Actually, this was probably the first fartlek I’ve done in months now that I think about it. Why don’t I do this type of workout more often? I usually really enjoy them. Hmmmm….
According to my training plan today’s fartlek was only supposed to be 25 minutes long, so I automatically interpreted that to mean “easy and fun”! Haha I’m not sure that whoever wrote the training plans for Garmin Connect actually meant that, but that’s how I ended up playing it! I actually spent most of those 25 minutes running at a crazy slow pace (have I mentioned that I hate running when it’s hot) with a some random pickups and bursts of “speed” thrown in whenever it sounded like fun. So I definitely succeeded at the “easy and fun” thing, while still technically being able to call it a fartlek session. Because I mean, it’s supposed to be a super unstructured workout! And I still played with speed a little bit, so bam, fartlek session accomplished. Haha I don’t know why I feel like I need to justify what I did, I had fun and feel like I accomplished something today, so that’s really all that matters. 🙂
After my run I did 20 minutes of yoga and then ate a yummy and nutritious actual breakfast (a egg fried in a little bit of olive oil, some mashed avocado, and red onion slices, on an English muffin. Normally I would have taken a photo, but I devoured it too quickly). So I totally feel like I’m on a roll with half marathon training round 3 (which is what I’ve been calling this training cycle since this will be my 3’rd half 😉 ), even though I’m not even a week in yet haha. But I’ve got my long run tomorrow and once I accomplish that I will have officially conquered my first week of half marathon training. Yay!
So even though this week kinda got off to a rocky start with my not so successful run on Monday, things have most definitely turned around and I really hope I can keep this momentum going for the entirety of this training cycle! But as of right now (even though I’m super early in the game at this point) I feel like this is going to end up going really well for me! And I’m beginning to think I actually want to have a time goal for this half marathon, something I didn’t really have during my first 2. Now it’s still going to be a super slow time, I’m a super slow person and I’ve come to terms with that, but that doesn’t mean I cant set goals for myself. I’ve got a time in mind and I think it’ll be doable. Well, I hope it will be doable, but I think it’s still what I’m going to aim for. I’ve also got a time goal in mind for the 10k in October that I’m registered for, but I think I’ll talk more in-depth about these goals in another post. Maybe tomorrow or Sunday.
But for now that is all that I have to talk about, so I suppose I shall bid you farewell for now! (I don’t know why I’m writing like this. Maybe I’ve been watching too much Game Of Thrones. 😉 )
Wishing anyone who’s training for a fall race happy training and wishing everyone else lots of happy summer miles! Remember, summer miles bring fall smiles! 🙂