This week of running was a little weird. My body was not feeling the same as usual, as I felt really tired and sore almost every day. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I started my half-marathon training only a few months ago. And before that, I couldn’t run farther than 4 miles. So I guess is ok to slow down for a little bit if my body demands it. Running definitely connects you with your own body by making you feel pain in parts you never though about before, lol.
This week I’m not going to focus on my long run since I can’t considerer I ran one (four miles and my legs were yelling at me to stop like never before). Instead I’m going to talk about my tempo run, because I was able to record the whole thing this time around.
I went to that same track I discovered two weeks ago. It was a pretty sunset with people running around, which kept me motivated the whole time. After one mile of warm up, my plan was to run the tempo miles at 10 minute pace and this is how I did it:
1 mile w/u @ 11’37’’
2 mile tempo @ 10’12’’
3 mile tempo @ 9’45’’
4 mile c/d @ 11’47’’
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a slow runner. So these results are a small step for mankind, but a huge one for myself. I’m still aiming to reach my PR of 9’30’’ per mile, which I don’t see myself too far from accomplish it.
Even though this was a good run, I’ve been noticing I keep falling in these weird one-week cycles of constant pain; to the point I actually stop enjoying my runs. This happens once a month and is becoming kind of frustrating. That is why I decided to change the structure of my training plan, this time following the advice of my personal trainer (my Dad:).
I can’t say this one will work better for me since I haven’t tried it yet. All I can say is that now my plan will include interval training, more weightlifting and even more stretching. I started last night with Yoga for runners and it felt so good. Honestly, I’m really excited to start.
I’ll make sure to tell you guys all about it next week…