Well … I’ve spiced up my half marathon schedule a bit. The only thing I changed is that I changed the average miles I ran before starting the schedule. I made a schedule based on 17-24 km/week, my “new” schedule is based on 25-32 km/week.
Basically this changes not much, the average km’s a week are a bit more (about 5K a week more). The “short” runs of the week are a bit longer (for example 3.2K becomes 4.8K). There are a few more runs now but all “short” distances. But what I liked about it the most is that the building up in long runs changed. In my old schedule the longest run before my half was 17.6 K, in this schedule it’s 19.2K.
I have to do a lot of running the next 3 months and I do look forward to it. My Pilates class is always on Tuesday evening and I will go to that class as much as possible. I also will try to do one strength training a week but will skip this if my week is very busy with other appointments. My running always comes first because that’s what I love doing the most.
Syl hosts a new challenge for February: 5 workouts a week of a minimum of 40 minutes. That’s a total of 3 hours and 30 minutes a week. I don’t want to mess with my half marathon schedule and there will be days when I don’t reach 40 minutes but on other days I will do more than 40 minutes. I’ve decided to take the challenge but instead of 5 workouts of 40 minutes I will go for 3 hours and 30 minutes a week. I believe I can do that.
I’m glad the lovely miss Syl allowed this and I can participate in it. Thanks Syl!
I didn’t go to Pilates yesterday because I got a phone call from the gym that my teacher was ill and there was no class. I could have gone to the gym to do my own workout but I had to do some things at home too so took the day of from exercise. I did walk with Bella for 30 minutes.
Today I had to do 8 K including 2 x 1600 metres speedwork. This was a tough one because I had to run a lot faster than I even did before I started this schedule. I did make it but had to stop a few times to catch my breath. I don’t want to walk anymore during runs and prefer to stop for a minute. My Garmin is on auto pause so the time stops too then.
Weather: dry, not much wind, 4C/39 degrees.
Distance: 8 K / 5 miles
Average time: 6:59 /km
Average speed: 8.6 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: The Rejects – Gives you hell.
Top 5 list of the week
As promised in my Saturday post I will post a top 5 list of the week every Wednesday on my blog. The list can be about everything (you will see in the next weeks) and are all about me: what I like, what I want to do, what I have done. This way you will get to know me a little bit better every week.
Sometimes it’s more than 5 things, depends on the subject. I’ll start with my hobbies, it’s a top 7 list:
Top 7 hobbies
I haven’t done this in a while, somehow I just don’t seem to find the time for it.
I love to try new recipes, I’ve got about 70 cookbooks, I love reading them and try them.
5. Visit concerts or musicals or the theatre
I’ll get back to this in other top 5 lists.
4. Make Japanese puzzles
3. Watch my favourite tv shows or movies
I’ll get back on this too in other lists.
Same as number 3 and 5.
1. Blogging/reading blogs/write on the Dutch woman’s forum I’m a member of.
I love reading your blogs, I get advice if I ask and I love to read how things are done in other countries than mine. I also love getting comments on my own blog. And at the forum I found some very dear friends.