Hotlanta Half Training – Week 2

Hotlanta Half Training Week 2

Since I love reading about other people’s training, and writing these posts helps to hold me accountable, I’ll be sharing my training for the Hotlanta Half Marathon with you each week.

This week was about layering in some strength training, and I was really pleased how the week went.  Since it’s been some time since I’ve done strength training, I kept it light to make sure I didn’t overdo it.

Monday: 3 miles, biomechanics/mobility/PT exercises, glute work. The weather has been so great in the mornings – in the upper 40s/low 50s, which is my favorite running weather.  I was REALLY sore from yard work we did Sunday, so I took it easy on my legs.

Tuesday: 40 minutes stationary bike, biomechanics exercises, upper body work. I did a hard workout on the bike and forced myself to do some upper body strength.  I really hate upper body work, but hopefully being diligent about it will make it less miserable.

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Wednesday: 3 miles, biomechanics/mobility exercises, core work.  Yoga in the evening. Another nice run. I have to admit I’m enjoying the shorter runs since it allows for me to do my strength training in the morning, as well.  Wednesday evening, I went and checked out Infinity Yoga’s new location, which is just about a mile away from my office.  I haven’t been able to go really since we moved, and their new location will allow that! I took a beginner yoga class and it was just what I needed – I felt really stretched out afterwards.  I’ll likely be adding this to my weekly routine.

Thursday: Rest Day.  A long day at work meant that I skipped my morning workout to get into the office earlier.

Friday: 35 minutes stationary bike, 10 minutes rowing machine, biomechanics/mobility/PT exercises. I originally had miles on the schedule, but since I missed my Thursday cross training, I had a decision to make.  I decided to opt for the cross training & exercises, since this training cycle I am really focusing on getting stronger/injury free.  This was the first day all week I didn’t have sore legs from yardwork on Sunday (seriously!), but my legs still felt tired.  I took it pretty easy but was glad to get this in.

Saturday: Mobility Exercises, Singleton 10k (57:02). What a huge surprise this race turned out to be! I hit a 4 minute PR, knocked a goal off my list (sub-60 minute 10k) and ran the fastest miles I’ve ever hit in a race.  I’ll be posting a full recap later in the week, but it was a great way to kick off my birthday weekend!

Ready to race!

Ready to race!

Later that day, we went to Urban Tree Cidery for my birthday! This is Atlanta’s first cidery and it opened just a couple of weeks ago.  I got to see some friends and taste all of their cider.  It was a great day and the cider was fantastic – we will definitely be back!

Brian and I at Urban Tree Cidery

Brian and I at Urban Tree Cidery

Carrie, Skye, Myself, and Liz

Carrie, Skye, Myself, and Liz

Flight of Cider...yum!

Flight of Cider…yum!

Sunday: Rest Day.  The plan today is to do a long walk with Skipper and Brian, some housework/errands, and lunch & drinks with some neighbors.  I’m a little sore from the race yesterday, so I’m going to end the day with a bath and some deep stretch yoga at home.

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Thoughts on this week: I feel good about my training.  I took it easy on strength and I know now I can definitely crank it up a notch.  Ending the week with such a strong 10k was a huge confidence booster.  It’s been quite some time since I’ve felt that strong and fast, and I know this is really just about being recovered from my injury.  I’m really excited to see what I can do after this training cycle, once I’ve gotten even stronger!

My body is feeling good, though I have felt some hint of tightness in my left piriformis.  I’ve been very diligent about stretching and foam rolling, so I’ve been able to keep it in check.  I’m going to really keep an eye on it over the next week to be sure I don’t have a relapse of that pesky injury.

How was your week? Have you ever been to a cidery? 

I’m partnering with the Hotlanta Half as an official ambassador! You’ll see me posting about my training weekly here, as well as on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. (In exchange for spreading the word, I’ve received a discounted entry to this race that I already had on my schedule, but all opinions are always my own.) Want to join me? Use code HHJESSICA5 for $5 off your registration on Active.com!

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