Today ends the first week of training for the Modesto Half Marathon. Not having run more than 3 miles since about May of 2012, I was eager to get started. I posted this plan a week or so ago, and just laid low. On Sunday night, I realized that the plan I laid out actually started that day, so I laced up and went out for 2 miles in the cold.
This plan is different for me because I’m employing weights 3x a week, instead of my usual 6 days of Hanson running. I lifted on Monday, Thursday and will tomorrow, because I’m after that elusive pull up. Right now I can hang comfortably for 8 seconds. I can do 3 assisted pull-ups.
For week 1, I ran 9 miles total. I ran a long run of 4 on Wednesday, and my foot is fine. I felt really good, but very slow and sluggish today. I’m slowly (emphasize slowly) trying to take off the 8% of the weight I gained since my race weight day back in May. (That’s 14 pounds). Currently, I have 3 off already. I gained a few here and there, then got the cast and boot …and there went 5 more. At the holidays, 5 more came back on with unrestrained eating …So. That is the quest.
Today as I was running, I was struggling. I have no idea why, after a great run on Wednesday. I credit my 4 other bloggy gal pals who have enthusiastically joined a weight loss challenge with spurring me on to better my body. We are currently putting up our Thinspiration pictures, and a theme is emerging. It’s not enough to be thin as I was when I raced in May. It’s more important to be strong. Thinner, stronger, older, wiser.
Thus ends Week 1.