training for a half marathon | week 4

I'm fully aware that I'm conspicuously missing weeks 2 and 3 of training but life man. Week 2 I spent curled up on the couch nursing a bad summer cold. I attempted a long walk later that week which showed that I was clearly still under the weather. Week 3 included bringing Haven home and y'all, a puppy is no joke. Not only do you have to be watching them ALL THE TIME but she can only go a couple hours in the crate. Between her need for constant supervision and scheduling drama, workouts really didn't happen that week either (aside from a miserable spinning class at the gym). 

At least I'm wearing workout clothes...just not actually working out.

So here we are, at the end of Week 4 and I finally feel like I'm getting back on track. I got in two good treadmill runs and did a bit of weight training. I was hoping to squeeze in yoga at home last night but you know, puppy/scheduling. 

My super sophisticated online running plan that I printed off the internet has me running 7 miles tomorrow, which let's be honest, ain't going to happen. I'm going to try to do 4 miles and see how that feels. The last time I trained for a half, my longest run was 6 miles so I'm not super worried about getting in long runs. I'm more concerned about conditioning my body consistently throughout the week.

The race is 9 weeks out and at this point, my goal is just to finish without having to walk the large majority of the race. I need to be a bit kind to myself seeing as how I haven't been working out for basically the last two years. I'm trying not to pack on the pressure but instead enjoy the process and relish the fact that I'm strong and healthy and physically capable of running 13.1 miles. 

Also, let's discuss treadmills vs. running outside for a hot second. I've been doing mostly treadmill for a number of reasons (heat included) but mainly because it's so dang hilly where we live. I would be working 10 times as hard. However, I'm trying to do my long Saturday runs outside on a nice trail. Are you a die-hard treadmill runner or do you love the wind in your face?

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