Love Run Half Marathon Training Week 1 Recap

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | training

Jan 09

Hey there! How was your first weekend of 2017?  Did you happen to get some snow like we did in Philly?

I’m looking forward to the start of a new week.  The beginning of 2017 started off pretty well but there’s always room for improvement!  I’ve started officially training for the Love Run Half Marathon, so now it’s time to get back to business and share my training recap with you!

I’m joining Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC for her Winter Training Recap linkup and HoHo and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap!  These are great ways to keep accountable and share your workouts with fellow fit-minded individuals!

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Love Run Half Marathon Training

Last year I participated in the Love Run Half Marathon Relay with Bret and my friend Mark.  It was a lot of fun, even though it was a pretty cold day!  This year, I thought I’d finally throw my hat in and run the entire half marathon course.  The Love Run, now in its 4th year, has built a reputation in Philly as one of the most challenging half marathons in the city.  It takes place on March 26, 2017, which will be here before I know it!

For this training cycle, I’m still figuring out what type of training plan I’ll use.  For my first week I “winged it”, but for the next 2 weeks, I’ll be using a free customized plan from Laura from This Runner’s Recipes.  I can’t wait to see how that goes and see if I can possibly reach my dream goal of a sub-2:15 half marathon!

Remember, if you’re interested in signing up for the Love Run Half Marathon or Relay, you can save $5 on registration with code JANELLELOVE!

Workouts for the Week

Sunday 1/1:  It was a little bit late, but I went out for an evening 4 mile run on New Year’s Day!  It was so peaceful out as hardly anyone was around, but I did feel a bit winded on this run.  I took a barre class the day before, so I wonder if the class is making my legs too fatigued?

Monday 1/2:  I had another day off so I took an early morning barre class.  I guess the barre “hurts so good” since I keep going back!  Once again, my legs were feeling fatigued and my hips had quite the workout!  I had to stop a few times because it was a little too much for me, but I did my best!

Tuesday 1/3:  I wanted to run at lunch but work was busy since it was my first day back since the holiday.  Fortunately, I had a wonderful yoga class in the evening at my local studio!  I haven’t been able to go to Darlene’s class in over a month but it was great!  I was even able to do a side crow and a headstand without any assistance!

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Wednesday 1/4:  Lunchtime yoga class.  We focused on the chakras…it was a really interesting class.  I wanted to go for a run after work since the weather was warm (upper 40’s), but I got home late and by the time I finished dinner there was no way I was leaving the couch!

Thursday 1/5:  I finally ran!  3 miles on the treadmill during lunch.  The pace was at 11:06 with 1% incline, and I have to say that it was tough.  It also didn’t help that it was hot as heck in the gym, but I’m so glad I got it done!  I also entertained myself by watching Maury for another hysterical lie detector episode….no surprise, every guest was a liar and cheater!

Friday 1/6:  I didn’t do any real workouts other than some 30-second planks at my desk at work.  I’ve been doing 2 plank breaks a day at work and have got some coworkers to join me.   Use it or lose it!

Saturday 1/7:  It snowed all day on Saturday and it was so beautiful outside my window that I had to go out and run!   I was pressed for time so I only ran 2.5 miles.

Sunday 1/8:  I bundled up and headed to barre class.  Sunday mornings are always poppin’ so it was a packed studio.  The instructor tortured us with lots of resistance band work.  For once, being at the barre was the easiest part of class!

Week 1 Report Card

If you’ve followed my training recaps in the past, you know that I am all about giving myself a grade for the week.  Looking back on what I was able to accomplish, I’m going to give myself a B.  I would have loved to run more, but I’m still easing back into routine after having such a sluggish December.  I’m not going to be too hard on myself this time, but once I start using Laura’s plan, no more excuses!

How was your first week of working out for the year? 

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