This is it! One week left until I run my first half marathon.
I did my last long run on Saturday and it went really well. I’d like to give a shout out to my mom for preparing the perfect night-before dinner – pasta with homemade tomato sauce, meatballs and garlic bread. My mom was pretty shocked when I requested white pasta for dinner
On Saturday’s run, I ran faster than my usual pace and hit the 10 kilometre mark at exactly 1:00 (it usually takes me about 1:05). I finished the full route (18 km) in 1:59:44, so I’m feeling pretty confident (although still a little nervous) about next Sunday.
One concern I have is that I didn’t exactly recover under ideal conditions after Saturday’s run. A good friend of mine was celebrating her birthday with dinner and drinks followed by a night of clubbing downtown. I probably should have left after dinner but I didn’t want to be lame / let my friend down. So I continued on to the club, danced for four hours in ridiculously uncomfortable shoes, drank (at least I had enough sense to drink in moderation) and got about three hours of sleep. Based on that experience, I would say that training does not mix well with girls’ nights outs.
I tried to compensate for Saturday’s foolishness with a day of sensible eating yesterday and lots of rest (I took the day off from the gym and got a solid 9 hours of sleep, plus some nap time in the day).
The plan for this week is to eat clean and eat a lot (I might even post daily eats to hold myself accountable), get 7-8 hours of sleep every night and take it easy on the exercise front. Here’s what I’m anticipating this week in exercise will look like:
Sunday – rest
Monday – Body Flow
Tuesday – 5 km
Wednesday - Yoga
Thursday – 8 km
Friday + Saturday – rest
Compared to last week:
Sunday – RPM
Monday – 11 km
Tuesday – 5 km
Wednesday – Body Pump
Thursday – 5 km
Friday – rest
Saturday - 18 km
Question of the day: Do you ever find it difficult to balance your social life with either your training / healthy habits?