half marathon training, week 1 recap

Here's the full run down for my first week of HMT (half marathon training) :)

The plan I'm following has minute goals M-F, rather than mileage goals. Saturdays are the only days with specific miles to run.

Monday: 45 minutes @ an easy pace = 4.2 miles, 10'37 average pace
mile 1: 10'23
mile 2: 10'12
mile 3: 10'38
mile 4: 11'06

Tuesday: 45 minutes @ a moderate pace = 4.3 miles, 10'36 average pace hahahahaha i shaved off a second!
mile 1: 10'22
mile 2: 10'50
mile 3: 10'35
mile 4: 10'27

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: 30 minutes @ an easy pace = 3 miles, 10'09 average pace; threw in a Physique 57 workout as well
mile 1: 10'02
mile 2: 10'20
mile 3: 10'04

Friday: REST

Saturday: 7 miles @ an easy pace = 8.1 miles, 11'30 average pace, followed by a 2 mile walk with Dexter
mile 1: 11'38
mile 2: 10'05
mile 3: 10'53
mile 4: 11'31
mile 5: 11'11
mile 6: 11'57
mile 7: 11'08
mile 8: 13'28

total mileage for week: 21.68

It was difficult trying to get back on a training plan. I like the regimen of having a plan, but I hate the feeling of guilt if I miss a scheduled run.

I also find it difficult to adjust to the "minute" goals, rather than have set mileage.

It also really bugs me how much pain I feel when I run - and it's never consistent.

I'd really like to focus on improving my speed & endurance over the weeks to come. I'm not fast. I don't know if I will ever be able to maintain an 8 minute mile for more than 1 mile. It seems so unachievable!

How's your training going?
If you're not presently training, do you have any fitness goals?


Anonymous said...

Nicely done! I think I would have a hard time getting use to the minutes versus mileage too.

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Great job following your plan this week! I'm having a hard time adjusting to a plan, but I think the mileage is a neat idea!