Akron Half Marathon Training: Week One

The first week of Akron training is in the books! I love the feeling of a new training cycle, it’s a fresh start and motivation is high! Here’s a look at how the week went.

Monday: Jasyoga + Core

Tuesday: 5 Miles, 1 Mile W/U, 6×400 w/400 recovery, 1 Mile C/D

Wednesday: 4 Miles + Core

Thursday: 4 Miles

Friday: 0

Saturday: 3.5 Miles

Sunday: 0

Total Miles: 16.5 Miles

Monday I did 30 minutes of Jasyoga on the deck followed by 10 minutes of core. I focused on hamstring stretches, which helped to loosen me up after some trail running I did on Sunday. It’s amazing how much better I feel outside than doing yoga in the basement. (It also helps to keep the cats from getting in my way)

Fresh air...hello relaxation!

Fresh air…hello relaxation!

Tuesday was my first serious track workout in a while. I opted not to go to the 5:00am workout, and instead ran on my own in the evening. I had 400 repeats, which always hurt, but they were quick and over with before I had a chance to really think about it. I felt pretty good despite have a little bit of shin pain.

I stopped by my parent’s house on Wednesday after work and decided to do my workout there. It’s always nice to revisit the roads where I first started to run and remember how far I’ve come. It was hot and humid and pretty downright miserable. I wanted to take it easy and figured that would be no problem with the heat. But my legs had another idea and I was between 8:38-9:13 for all four miles. I actually felt pretty great and relaxed despite the heat. I also decided it would be my last run in my Kayano’s. With 428 miles, they’ve done more than they should and need to be retired. The upside is it’s time to go shoe shopping!

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Good run old friends, thanks for the memories!

My goal for Thursday was to make it to Second Sole, which lately has been a struggle due to traffic. Luckily, I just made it and was able to join Mo for some miles. We started off with a 9:04 mile, but quickly slowed down. It was hot, we weren’t feeling great and after Wednesday’s accidental tempo run, I figured it’d be smart to take it easy. I was glad to run with Second Sole again, and I look forward to more Thursday runs, as long as traffic is forgiving.

I was looking forward to Saturday’s run all week. Melissa just moved back to Ohio from Virginia, more importantly, to the Cleveland area! What better way to catch up than to go out for a run. We met at my house and we decided to run Buckeye Woods. We ran around the marsh and woods, caught up and had a nice easy run. After that we hit up the Farmer’s Market, checked out a few shops on the square and picked up my new shoes! I’m excited Melissa is back and town and see many runs and races together in our future!

Sunday’s plan was left up to the last minute. I originally planned on running the Park 2 Park Half Marathon, but after having weird shin/leg pain all week, I decided it would be best that I take an extra day off and rest. Instead, I had the best sleep in months, and volunteered at an afternoon trail 5k in Medina.

Week One Thoughts:

Monday through Saturday were strong. Even though I had some leg pain, I felt strong, I never felt out of shape during my runs, and I never wanted to slack off and cut the workout short. Considering how the past month and a half has been, this is a major step in getting out of my running rut.

Sunday was were I dropped the ball for hitting my mileage. But, I don’t regret not running or racing. The pain I felt all week was uncomfortable, and I probably should have sat out a workout, or two. But now that I pinpointed a knot in my calf, I can take care of it and hopefully prevent another week or more of pain. Taking a few days off now is better than having to sit an entire training cycle off due to injury.

Week one is done, 15 more to go!

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