Week 1 of my half marathon training was all about getting back into the swing of things. I had planned 3 easy runs plus running with my Start to Run group and this is how it went.
Monday was an easy 3 miles, which was actually 3.45 miles as my Garmin didn’t connect before I started running. It had been raining so was rather wet under foot but was a good run.
Tuesday I did a 30 minute yoga session. It was a new to me session on the Yoga Studio app and had new poses like lizard and fish which I found really hard. @DavidRVise suggested I use a yoga block to support my head so I might look into that, or a DIY alternative like a box with a cushion on top.
Wednesday was another easy 3 miles. I ran this slightly faster than Monday, probably because it was dry and I was listening to music.
On Thursday, especially for the first night of my Start to Run course, it snowed! And I got stuck in very slow snow traffic which meant my intention of getting there nice and early got scuppered and I arrived at the meeting point just as the first people got there. Really not what I like to do when I’m leading a group. But the snow and the 0 degrees C temperature didn’t put people off and everyone I was expecting turned up. Hoorah! We started off with 1 minute walk/run intervals and I think everyone was surprised how quickly the sessions went. And we covered 1.28 miles in total. A great start!
Friday was my rest day and Saturday was supposed to be my long run day but I had to do some chores which took a lot longer than I expected so no run for me.
So instead my long run was on a rainy Sunday morning with music for encouragement. I’ve not listened to music whilst running for ages and I’d forgot how much of a motivator it is on winter days when all you really want to do is stay indoors with a nice cup of tea. I was supposed to do 5 miles but ended up doing 4 as I didn’t want to run my longer muddier routes and was getting a bit overheated as I’d put too many layers on!
Sunday was supposed to be my strength workout day but I skipped it as I felt tired enough after my run. So I’ll be doing my strength workout earlier in the week in the future to make sure it gets done.
Highlight of my playlist
This week’s top song is Please Don’t Touch by Motorhead and Girlschool. It came on my playlist just as I was starting to run up a longish hill on Sunday and really kept me going!
How was your week running? Do you have a top song of the week from your playlist?