Saturday, August 6, 2011

Long Run and A Question

I finally got my first long run of this training season in today.
A grand total of 5 miles on the treadmill in almost 56 minutes.
It wasn't easy peasy. I had to encourage myself to keep going for 0.5 miles before I can stop for a brief 10 secs or less to take a sip of water. It helps break the monotony up. It helps make the "long" distance seem shorter. At the end of the 5 miles, I thought, I think I can do 6 miles.
In a way, I cannot wait for the next long run. It always makes me feel accomplished.

It is still ever-so-hot here in Arkansas. Triple-digit temperatures are here to stay for a while.  It looks like we might get some reprieve from the heat and enjoy a high 90s temperature with some rain later this week.  I have been drinking lots of watermelon juice. They are delicious.  However, I find that plain watermelon juice lacks some "ooh la la." I usually spike it with a light sprinkle of salt. It kinda gives the juice more body.

In other matters:
I totally just realized it is AUGUST! Now, where did July go?
For August, my goals are simple:
1) Keep up with my half marathon training.
2) Run at least 40 miles this month.
(This would be the most I have ran since my injury. And I need to keep my goal digestable and doable).


Speaking of half marathon training,
most of you know that I am doing like a Galloway training program and am doing only 3 runs a week. Now, I am feeling a little inadequate, especially since the 2 weekday runs are only 30 minutes long.
I feel like it is quite a jump to go from 30 minutes run (that's about 2.7 miles) to a long weekend run.
What's your take?

Does anyone know how to delete a run from Dailymile? I posted a run last week and somehow, it got double-posted. I want to set it straight. Let me know. Thanks!

Happy Weekend!


  1. Daily mile: Go to you profile and click on edit for the double entry. Once the workout opens you see in bold letter "Edit your workout" and right next to it in small blue letters delete. Click there :)

    Good job on your long run! The weekday runs are short, so your body can recover from the long run on the weekend. As long as you don't skip your long runs, your body gets used to the distance and appreciates the easy runs during the week :)

  2. Good luck with your training. I guess you have to be on the treadmill some to escape the heat.

  3. Five miles! Wow! You are cranking up the mileage! I've been using the run-walk strategy, too. I've read that the long run should be no more than half of your weekly mileage (other sources say one-third, but with three runs/week, I'd go with half).

    You are doing great! Keep it up!!! :)

  4. Honestly, my feeling is that the recovery period is what is most important. If you are doing so much that the following day feels sore and miserable, that should be your guide. If you are recovering well from your weekday runs, then you could bump them up a bit. I'm a big believer in listening to your body more than reading the training plan. If my legs are feeling saucy, I'll go a little longer. If they feel lousy, I quit early.

    Good luck with your training!

  5. This is the training schedule that I always follow for the half marathon training:

    Good luck!


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