I had a CRAZY first week with a lot of cross training because I was finishing up Hell Week at OrangeTheory Fitness and a 30 in 45 day challenge with Pure Barre. You'll see on Tuesday I actually did three workouts in one day... before work, during lunch, and after work. I will never do this again. I don't mind doubling up once or twice a week, but three workouts in one day is risky and inefficient. The things I'll do for a free shirt...
Week one should've consisted of two 3 mile runs, a 5 mile pace run, an 8 mile long run, and one cross training workout. My week went a little differently than that, however, I did get in two days of OrangeTheory plus 13 miles.
Here’s a look at week one:
Monday: Pure Barre & Pure Barre Empower
Tuesday: Pure Barre, OrangeTheory Fitness, & Pure Barre Empower
Wednesday: Much needed rest
Thursday: Pure Barre Empower
Friday: OrangeTheory Fitness
Sunday: Wine and Dine Half Marathon
OrangeTheory Fitness classes usually range in 2-4 miles on the treadmill for me with various different workouts. There are speed workouts, inclines, endurance runs, etc. I plan to use one OrangeTheory Fitness workout in place of weekday 3 mile runs. Once I finish my 17 Half Marathons in 2017, I'll incorporate the midweek pace run into the schedule as well.
On Sunday’s race I stopped for pictures but my phone paused my workout so you can see my split times. I’m going into training with a goal of 12:00 miles so I’m pleased with this pace.
Week two should've consisted of two 3 mile runs, an easy 5 mile run, a 9 mile long run and one cross training workout. Of course with Charlotte Half Marathon on Saturday, my week looked a little different.
Here's a look at week two:
Wednesday: OrangeTheory Fitness
Thursday: Pure Barre Empower
Saturday: Charlotte Half Marathon
I was feeling a little burnt out from the week before and traveling home from Florida, so I gave myself two rest days before taking my next OrangeTheory Fitness class. I have to admit, it felt great and it really made a difference in my performance during class. I pushed harder and really saw an increase in calories burned and increased heart rate. I think the key to reducing risk for injury or burnout is taking 1-2 days to rest and recover after a Half Marathon, especially because I have seven in seven weeks.
I started out Charlotte Half Marathon a little too fast, and that resulted in some slower splits at the end of the race. Overall it was a great run and I felt strong at the finish. I really wanted a PR on this day, but it didn't happen. Beating my PR may not happen during these seven weeks, but this was my 4th best Half Marathon time out of 27 so I'm definitely improving.
In the weeks ahead, I look to focus on nutrition. I've learned a lot from my January- February Whole30 experience and enjoy trying new recipes for runners. This year I've been obsessed with Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky's Run Fast Eat Slow. I've been trying recipes since February and actually had the chance to meet both women and have my book signed at Shamrock Half Marathon in March.
During week 2 I tried the Chevre Broccoli Soup for the first time and it was incredibly delicious and nourishing. I really wanted a comfort soup since it was the first cold night of the season, and this modified version of broccoli cheddar soup really hit the spot. Goat cheese is much easier to digest than cheddar cheese and also has more protein. Plus, I never would've thought to add tahini to this soup but it added such a great flavor. Cooking is a hobby of mine and trying new recipes is always fun and exciting. I'll report back on my next update with other successful recipes I've discovered!
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