Thursday, October 30, 2014

Half Marathon Training Update

We had it on our schedule this week to walk 8 miles.  Since it was supposed to be raining Friday morning, we switched our walk to today.  But, it was still cold and rainy this morning.   So we called it off.  

I was going to work out for two hours on my step. 
My step is how I work out on Mondays and Wednesdays usually.  On our training schedule, Mondays and Wednesdays at this point are usually a four mile walk.  We're at about a fifteen minute mile, so I figured working out nonstop on my step for an hour would be equivalent to walking four miles.  Plus, it works out different angles when I step off the front and off the sides than walking straight forward does.  It has to be strengthening more muscle groups than simple walking.

"Simple walking" is actually a funny term when you start to get into those longer distances though.
Once you go over a certain amount of miles, the walking is no longer "simple".  

At any rate, I only actually worked out on my step for an hour and a half instead of the full two hours I intended.   I'll work out again tomorrow.

For now, I need to clean this house and get some more stuff ready for this Halloween business.  There are still some things that I need to buy for our costumes.  

And stepping on a step for two hours is boring.

What was your workout today?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Half Marathon Training Update

We were on week eleven of our half marathon training this week.  Just so you know, if you haven't been here before. . . . . . . . . we're walking.  NOT running.  Sometimes I wonder if running would be easier.  It seems like such a long distance.

This week we actually ended up going over 13 miles in our training because of how we had to map it.  We did 13.43 miles on our long day this week.  Woo Hoo!!!!  By the time we were close to done and could see our cars, I wanted our cars to just magically drive to us.  But, our cars did not know how to do that.  So we carried our little legs all the way back to our car.

I thought maybe we would have done it in 3 hours and 49 minutes because we actually had 5 short pit stops.  We stopped twice so that I could use the potty (yes, I still speak mommy-speak) and we stopped 3 times to sip water and pick up our fruit snacks (mommy-speak for fuel).

BUT, we did it in 3 hours and 26 minutes even with the stops!!!


Sure, I'd like to be faster.  I'm wondering if all the post-race food and goodies will be gone by the time we finish our first half marathon. . . . . . . .. . . . .  because we'll be the last people to finish even though we'll be beginning 45 minutes before anyone else. 

I'd still like to be able to shave some time off of our 3:20 something.  So, my plan in these next three weeks is to try to figure out the timing of my hydrating before the race so that I can make fewer pit stops.

As far as aches and pains this time goes, I have aches in new places.  The aches, soreness and pain seems to be moving every time.

My hip flexors were pretty okay for the whole 13.43 miles.  But, now the back of my left knee and my right shin hurt.  Plus, my hip and butt muscles are pretty tight.

Also this time, I had those weird toe cramps in my left foot.  Then the weird toe cramps stopped in the left foot and moved to the right foot.  The cramping is from the top of the ball of my foot down underneath my toes.  I don't know if I'm holding my foot wrong in the shoe or if they'll just become stronger like everywhere else.

Our training for the next four weeks will be 8 miles next week, 13 miles the week after that, then 6 miles about 10 days before our half marathon.  And of course we'll be resting the week before the actual race.

Tomorrow, I'm supposed to be walking 4 miles.  Usually on Mondays and Wednesdays when I'm supposed to walk 4 miles, I work out for an hour on my step.  Since we just walked 13 miles on Friday, I might just do yoga tomorrow instead to give my legs an extra day or two to recover.

Does anyone know what I can be doing about those toe cramps?  Has this ever happened to you?