Half Marathon Training – Week 3 Recap!

by Her Happy Balance on July 22, 2014

Dun, dun, dun, and another ones bites the dust! Week 3 of 12 is officially in the books. I’m now 25% through my half marathon training. This half marathon thing is really starting to creep up on me now…

Half Marathon Training Week 3

Let’s take a look at all my workouts and runs for the past week. 

AM – 2 mile run outside
PM – biceps and triceps

AM – 30 mins elliptical, core and back

AM – 35 mins. Arc Trainer

AM – 4 mile treadmill run

AM – 20 mins. elliptical, shoulders

AM – 6 mile run outside. It was pretty tough, tired body. 

AM – 10 mins elliptical, shoulders

Training this week was pretty rough. I got in a total of 12 running miles. The long run was such a pain. I slept in until around 8am and then hit up the park. By that time, the trail was packed with lots of walkers and I had to dodge people the entire run – not fun. I think I’ll be getting up earlier for the long runs from now on. And I haven’t given my body a full rest day in quite some time and I can tell I am most definitely in need of one. This upcoming week I am going to work on stretching and post-workout recovery. I also want to make an effort to pay attention to nutrition and what foods do and do not work for my body pre and post workout.

What techniques do you use to recover from tough workouts?
How many rest days do you take? Is it a full day of rest or an active rest day?

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Stacie@SimplySouthernStacie July 22, 2014 at 8:15 am

Another week of solid training! Time is flying by! I like to recover with ice baths, good food and naps. Basically, I spend my logn run days being as lazy as possible once I’ve done my run.

Her Happy Balance July 23, 2014 at 9:24 am

I have not yet tried an ice bath. Maybe when I get to the higher mileage long runs I willโ€ฆthe thought of it sends shivers down my spine, though.

Brianna @ I run He tris July 22, 2014 at 9:40 am

Still 9 weeks to go and you’ve already hit 6 miles at once- that is awesome! I like to give myself one complete rest day a week with another active rest day too. During my complete rest day I like to get in some stretching and foam rolling.

Her Happy Balance July 23, 2014 at 9:25 am

I am definitely going to work more on foam rolling. I have a love/hate relationship with my foam roller, mostly I love to hate it ๐Ÿ™‚ But I know that it’s important for recovery so I guess I’ll make amends with it and start using it more.

Caitlin July 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

Definitely take a full rest day this week, hun, especially if you feel you need it. I always take at least one full rest day a week and don’t hesitate to take another when I need it, like yesterday morning. My legs were shot from the weekend so rather than going for a bike ride like i originally planned, I slept in to catch up on sleep and then did some stretching and core work. Legs were ready to go this morning ๐Ÿ™‚

Her Happy Balance July 23, 2014 at 9:26 am

Today is officially my rest day and it was glorious sleeping in an extra hour and not making myself get up to workout this morning. Tonight I’ll probably stuff my face and watch lots of trashy TV as wellโ€ฆI want it to be a real rest day ๐Ÿ™‚

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne July 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

Compression socks are the best! And they will become you best friend so quickly haha, that and lots of stretching. Those two things really help me, and just making sure you get the right foods after workout. Like on run days, for me I like smoothies, that’s the time my body needs sugar to recover, and what better way to get it than from an all natural source :). I take one rest day a week. I guess you could say it’s an active rest day. I usually skateboard in the morning, then walk in the evening, and do whatever grocery shopping I need to do. But if you’re training for a marathon, I would probably lean towards a full day of doing nothing, but that’s just me ๐Ÿ™‚

Her Happy Balance July 23, 2014 at 9:27 am

I am obsessed with ProCompression. They’ve been having these “grab bag” deals recently where you don’t get to choose the sock patterns/colors you get, but they will send you 3 pairs for about $30. What a stealโ€ฆI will be wearing them to sleep in tonight, for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I have just started foam rolling after my workouts and I love it. I can’t believe I have waited so long to do it.

I am new to your blog, but I have bookmarked it now to come back ๐Ÿ™‚

Her Happy Balance July 23, 2014 at 9:28 am

I have a love/hate relationship with foam rolling, but it has been touted by all sorts of people as being helpful so I just have to suck it up and roll! I also really like using The Stick to help with recovery.

Thank you for bookmarking my blog, that means so much to me ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll definitely be checking yours out as well!

Meredith July 22, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Nice work on your training girly! I rake 1-2 rest days per week, depending on how I feel, but I do think it is so important for recovery!

Her Happy Balance July 23, 2014 at 9:29 am

Today is officially my rest day and it is GLORIOUS. I loved getting a little extra sleep and now I don’t have to worry about catching up and doing a workout after work. Tonight will just be a nice little Netflix fest ๐Ÿ™‚

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