13.1, HMM, running, training

(half) marathon monday: week eight

YOU GUYS! Four weeks from today I’ll be writing my race recap for the Cleveland Half Marathon!

Monday: Spinning
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: Arms
Thursday: 2 miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 8 miles
Sunday: 1 mile + strength

One of my favorite things about living in Cleveland is the beautiful park system we have and I’m fortunate enough to have lots of them close by to my apartment, which makes outdoor running just a delight. So that’s where I headed on Saturday for my 8 mile long run.

Several years ago, when I was training for my first half-marathon, my sister let me borrow this belt that has pockets and a water bottle holder. I knew I needed to bring my own water and this belt did the trick. Of course, it’s also kind of heavy and I suspect may have slowed me down a bit since I ended with a 17 minute average (the heat probably didn’t help either). Luckily, during the actual half-marathon there will be water stations so I can get away with my much lighter SPIbelt to just hold my iPhone and food/fuel.

Despite running slower than I would have liked, I totally crushed those 8 miles and felt really good at the end. Even better, I feel prepared for this Saturday’s Hermes 10 Miler. I’m really looking forward to this race, even if it does have me running 10 miles a couple weeks earlier than my training plan.

On Sunday I needed to get some strength training in so I went to Edgewater Park, which has a one mile loop that includes a fitness course.

Despite all my years of running at Edgewater, I’d never taken advantage of the circuit but now I might have to more often. Each section of the circuit usually had a move for both arms and legs, though I ignored the leg ones yesterday. If you do it in order, it also includes stretches at the very beginning and the very end.

Whatever I did it must have worked because when I woke up this morning my shoulders were sore!

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

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