Yesterday, I embarked on Day One of Week One of my Half Marathon Training plan written for me by TMB Endurance Training. 3 miles at 80%? Sounds easy enough. I set out after work (heck, I worked LATE to try and let it cool down--in case you have not heard, its a bit of a Sauna around here), with an air quality alert to AVOID stenuous activity (woops!!!) and temperatures in the low 90's. Luckily, I was armed with my Nathan Quickdraw Handheld water bottle (I LOVE this so much more than my water belt), sunglasses and plans to run a pretty shaded trail.
I started out, and the heat was not really an issue. Aside from worrying that every branch, crack or spot was a snake, I was enjoying myself. I had to SLOW myself down a few times were I noticed my pace was creeping up to my tempo pace (that's Wednesday's run). It was an enjoyable three miles that i wrapped up in 37 minutes, and I was super glad to head mostly downhill at the end of the run. I treated myself to a Rita's ice after the run (what, I had to hydrate!!) and headed home REALLY pleased with my first run of the training plan.
I have avoided cross training for most of my training, but I am starting to realize how important it is. I fought the urge to run (weird to say that!) and decided to head to the gym (it was 100 when I left work) to get in some miles on the stationary bike. How people can do this for any extended period of time, I really can't figure out. I managed to get out 10 miles of hill work at a medium level and I was bored to tears. What is your favorite cross training?
So, as you may have previously read, I have signed up for TNT (feeling generous? Go here--I am going to match donations contributed by an individual--for every $5 donated, I will donate $1 of my own money for the first $1000 donated!) and I am currently signed up for the half marathon (disney--yay) but I am really starting to consider attempting the full instead. It would be either my fourth half or my first full. I am tenatively running the Philly Half in September and the Baltimore half in October. Depending on these races, I will make my decision on the full. All you seasoned runners out there--is it feasible to go from a half to a full in about 2 months? Is this idea good in real life, or just my crazy head??
Happy Running everyone!!