Half Marathon Training Recap: Week 4 (8/15-8/21)

Week 4 is done!

I learned a lot about myself this week:

  1. I do pretty well staying hydrated, but I definitely need to do better with eating well during the day. I work from home and you’d think that means I have access to good food all day, but what it really means is that I think “oh I’m kinda hungry” and then I think about taking the time to prepare and actual lunch and decide it’s easier to just keep working and snack on things rather than just take 20-30 minutes for a decent lunch.
  2. I feel more secure running with the stroller. I know this seems odd, but I’m so used to having it with me and being able to take as much water/gear as I need that when I got ready for my long run on Saturday and had only my fuel belt, I started to get nervous that I’d need something else while I was out there.
  3. My nutrition during my runs is likely going to be the same as it was pre-baby. I wasn’t sure if I’d need to take more or less calories on a long run. I’ve been experimenting with GU, Clif energy shots, Nuun, etc. and I feel pretty good about the plan I’ve used so far so I’m gonna stick with it until it doesn’t work for me anymore. More on those details later.

Half Marathon Training Recap: Week 4 | Enjoying the Run

Half Marathon Training Recap: Week 4 (8/15-8/21)

Monday (8/15)

Today said “fun workout” on the plan so I went with a little strength training. The fun part comes in that I was using Little E (24 pounds) and Baby L (16 pounds) as weights. So…I guess at least 2/3 of us thought it was fun. 😛

Tuesday (8/16)

Supposed to do a tempo workout, but decided to push it to Wednesday when hubby will be home and take my rest day Tuesday instead.

Wednesday (8/17)

3.5 miles with the double stroller in our neighborhood. I was dragging BAD when this guy came around the corner in front of us and I decided to pretend I was racing him. (See last week’s post for most of the riveting details) 🙂 Silly? Yes. But it worked!

Thursday (8/18)

3 miles with the double stroller. It was supposed to be 5 miles with negative splits. Last time I did this workout I totally rocked it so this was a little bit of a let-down for me. I planned poorly though. I waited until 4pm and the sun was just beating down on me. That, plus the fact that I was rushing so we could get to my sister’s birthday dinner meant I had to stop at 3. Oh well.

Friday (8/19)

Rest day in preparation for a big, scary double-digit long run on Saturday!

Saturday (8/20)

10 miles done. Yea, I don’t believe it myself. I was pretty nervous about this one because it’s the furthest I’ve run in well over a year. At first, I thought I’d be alright because Hannah and I had plans to meet up and do it together. Buuuut, then we looked at the weather in the morning and there was only a very small window when it would be safe to run with the strollers so we decided to both try to figure it out on our own. So, I packed up my littles, the stroller, and the weather shield, and headed over to the park. It’s a 2-mile loop so I figured I’d just get in as much as I could and be close enough to the car if it started storming. As a last-ditch effort to have a little company (aside from my ever-entertaining children) I called my dad to see if he’d want to meet me for 2 miles. Dad, being a runner at heart, commented that it might be boring for me to run 10 miles in loops like that so he offered to have me drop my car and the littles at his house and then bring them to meet me at the park. Brilliant idea, Dad! So, I dropped the car/kids at my parents house, ran 2.5 miles to the park, met up with Dad and pushed the stroller for 3 miles, they left and I finished a loop at the park for another mile, ran 2.5 back to their house, and then ran up and down a street near theirs for the last mile. It was raining and a little rough at times, but I did it. 🙂

Sunday (8/21)

Rest day!

So, the grand total for week 4…

Half Marathon Training: Week 4 | Enjoying the Run

How were last week’s runs for everyone else? Any advice on quick, nutritious lunches??

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