I’m going to be honest: My first week of half-marathon training was rough. The good news is that I’ve got a stellar training partner (which is why he got the header photo, because he’s great!) and we’re keeping at it. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been difficult to stay motivated though.
When I ran my first half-marathon in 2014 (the amazing Lincoln Half-Marathon!), I was already pretty active. It took awhile to adjust to running long distances, as I’d never been much of a runner to begin with, but I got there and enjoyed every step along the way.
This time is going to be a little different. I wasn’t completely lazy before I started training, but I really hadn’t worked out since about this time last year. In fact, my TimeHop reminded me this morning that exactly one year ago today I was scaling the First National Tower. Sort of amazing to think about.
But here’s what I will say about the last week: Yes, it was hard but I kept moving. That’s what matters. Over the next 11 weeks, I’m just going to keep moving one step at a time.
Anyway, here’s how my week went down:
- Monday: 2 mile run (Flipped my rest day from Monday to Tuesday due to Nebraska basketball)
- Tuesday: Rest
- Wednesday: Rest (Couldn’t find motivation, so I flipped my rest day from Friday to Wednesday)
- Thursday: 2.15 mile run
- Friday: 1.5 mile walk (I switched my 30 min cross day from Saturday to Friday, opting to walk)
- Saturday: 2.5 mile run
- Sunday: 3 mile run
I put in almost 10 miles running over the week, with another 1.5 miles of walking. Not too bad. This week’s training schedule is identical to last week, but I’ll probably move the rest days around again.
All in all, I’m happy with my first week and am looking forward to week No. 2.
On to the next!
P.S. If you have any recommendations for pre- and post-workout supplements and protein to take, shoot me a message. I’m sort of at a loss.