Week 4 was definitely a much stronger week of training for the Bremen Half Marathon, even though a lot of it got pushed towards the weekend. My legs are aching and I’m totally in the training mindset now — I love finding that fine balance between challenging yourself without destroying yourself for the next day’s run. My paces still aren’t anywhere near where they would need to be for a personal best at the race, so I’m going to need to keep pushing myself a little harder. But all in all, I’m pretty satisfied.
Monday: 40 minutes swimming. I thought I might die of boredom before finishing 40 minutes, so I counted my laps to keep myself occupied (550 meters total). I’m ridiculously slow, but always end up exhausted afterwards, so I guess that’s all that matters!
Tuesday: Planned rest day. Skyping with my parents in Seattle, which is a nine-hour time difference.
Wednesday: Easy 3.5-mile run through the Bürgerpark.
Thursday: Unplanned rest day. An 11-hour workday kind of destroyed my will to run.
Friday: 35-minute tempo run. 10 minutes warm-up, 15-minutes tempo, 10-minutes cool down. I was actually pretty pleased with my pace for the tempo, and hope that it keeps dropping over the next weeks.
Saturday: Easy 3.5-mile run + 15 minutes strength training. One of those runs where you’re happy to be alive and all is right with the world.
Saturday: 7-mile long run. My GPS didn’t kick in until about half-an-hour into my run, so thank goodness I measured out the route pretty accurately in advance. I felt pretty good despite having tired legs from the two previous days.
All in all: I’m happy I hit all four days of running and one day of cross-training. I would really love it if I didn’t have to run on Saturday, but I guess I’ll take what I can get there. I need to also be more disciplined about getting my strength training in — I know it makes me a better runner and keeps me injury free. My strategy for this week will be 15 minutes after each run during the week — regularly enough to be effective, but short enough so that I don’t talk myself out of it because of lack of time.
Thanks for following along and see you next week!