Sunday, March 4, 2012

Half Marathon Training: Week 9

Week 9:
- Monday, 2.01 mi in Valley Forge National Park, 19:16, 30 push-ups
- Wednesday, 15 minute dog walk
- Thursday, 2.00 mi treadmill run, 18:51, arm weights
- Friday, 25 minute dog walk
- Sunday, 15 minute dog walk, 3.27 mi in Valley Forge National Park, 33:03, arm weights
- Total Mileage = 7.27 mi

I'm back!  I ran all week with no pain!  This week was definitely hard.  The runs weren't very enjoyable and I definitely had to push myself to get through them.  Monday I ran after work, I'm loving that the sun doesn't set until 6 and daylight savings is next weekend, yeah buddy!  I love that extra sunlight after work.  Thursday I ran on the treadmill for the first time since mid January and it was awful!  I was SO bored the entire time, like literally 2 minutes into the run I was thinking this is horrible, is it over yet?  I was going to run Saturday but we ran errands and I really just didn't feel like it, so I knew that I needed get out there today.  The run was kind of rough, I was feeling pretty good in the beginning and then the giant hill right at the start of mile 2 rocked my world, and not in a good way.  The rest of the run was a bit of a struggle but it's in the books now!

Goals for the week:
- Run 3 times: A
- Keep foam rolling: B+
- Lift my arms twice: B+
- Do a yoga workout: F

I ran 3 times, yay!  I did some foam rolling this week, but I think I could've done more.  I did lift my arms twice, but both sessions were sorta better than nothing workouts.  And I really wouldn't have gotten in two arm workouts if I hadn't looked at my goals of the week today and said, oh crap I never did that.  I guess that's why I'm making weekly goals, maybe I should actually look at them throughout the week!

I totally failed at doing yoga this week, but soon this won't be the case!  This week I bought a Groupon for a combo of 20 hot yoga and zumba classes at CoreFit Training Studio.  It only cost me 30 bucks and I've been wanting to try hot yoga and zumba for a while now.  I've been avoiding both because of the costs, but the price was right!  It's a little bit of a drive to get there but hopefully the money I've already spent will be enough motivation to get there.  I will have to utilize the Groupon within 3 months of activating it, I think I'm going to wait a week or two and then do it so I can figure out how it will work into my schedule!

Goals for week 10:
- Run 4 times (yes 4!)
- Read the owners manual for my Garmin (it wasn't working right at the beginning of my run today and I had no idea how to fix it!)
- Lift my arms twice
- Determine when I will activate my Groupon

12 weeks till my half!  I'm freaking out a little bit.  I really want to start getting in that fourth run that is in my training plan, even if it's just a quick get it done 2 miler.  Also, I was supposed to do a 4 mile race this weekend, but I wasn't feeling it so Dave and I are doing a St. Patty's themed 5K this weekend instead!  I'm already pumped!

Have you tried zumba yet?  Are you a fan of Groupon?


  1. Free yoga videos online. They're not even that long. No excuses!!

    With love,
    your Sis.

  2. Yay for no pain! It sounds like your 9th week of training went well. I'm still not running, but I'm doing other exercises and cross training too... I'm also loving the extra sunlight in the evening. I actually have time to drive home and get in a workout before it gets dark!

  3. SO excited for Daylight Savings :) Zumba/yoga deal= amazing. Where is the place located? And St. Patty's-themed run with Dave sounds like a fun time. Let's talk soon! Oh and I love Groupon, although I've only bought a couple, and not for at least 8 months. I still enjoy checking out the deals, and considering them :) Miss you!

  4. I can't believe you're already so far into your training! I'm loving the mild weather and anything that gets me off the treadmill is a win in my book for sure.

  5. Congrats on a great week of training! I love Groupons - they are a great way to get great deals and sometimes they get me to try things I otherwise wouldn't!


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