Nov 9, 2014

Half Marathon Training Week Two

I learned a very valuable lesson during my second week of half marathon training. Running outside is so much easier than running on the treadmill. I used to prefer running on the treadmill. Last year that was where I did 95% of my training. I remember a friend referring to it as the dreadmill one day and I did not understand what she meant. Well, now I do!

I ran four miles outside on Monday and it was a great run! I did experience some discomfort in my left knee while going uphill so I ended up walking for a few minutes until I was back on a flat surface. I finished those four miles in less than fifty minutes and that was my goal. 

I ran three miles outside on Tuesday. Funny story. My fiancĂ© ended up seeing me on my run while he was driving home. He pulled up next to me and rolled down his window and started yelling, “Hey hot stuff! Need a ride?” He drove next to me as I continued to run. He asked me a few more times if I wanted a ride home but I told him I was almost done and I needed to finish. The old me would have jumped in his car so fast but right now I am determined to get my miles in. 

Thursday evening and yesterday (Saturday) afternoon I ran three miles on the treadmill. My run on Thursday was half good half bad. About a mile and a half in I felt so strong. I felt like I was flying! Then mile two hit and I was miserable. It’s so weird how things can change so quickly. And then yesterday I was miserable for the whole three miles. It took everything I had in me to finish. I can not run on the treadmill anymore. I’m going to work out my schedule so that I don’t have to run in the heat because it’s still in the low 90’s here.

This morning I was wide awake at 5:50. I decided to get up and eat breakfast so I could get my run in before it got too hot outside. I left my apartment at 6:30 and I had a great run. The only discomfort I experienced this morning was in my nose. The air was crisp and dry and every time I breathed in, my nose burned. I wish I could breathe in and out through my mouth but that usually leads to cramping so I try to breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth. The burning sensation did slow me down a bit but I finished my four miles. My total mileage for the week was seventeen.

Look at all the sweat!

Week two complete!!!

After my run I cleaned myself up and put another set of gym clothes on. Today I wore my new tank top from my mom and dad. #futuremrsmeyer They special ordered me another top as well but I’ll wait to show that one off. My fiancĂ© and I went to the gym and we did chest and triceps.

The couple that works out together, stays together.

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