Half Marathon Training – Week 4 Recap!

by Her Happy Balance on July 29, 2014

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope your Monday flew by. We are one day closer to the weekend! Is Tuesday too early to start counting down to the weekend? Perhaps, but I’m gonna do it anyway! Today I’m checking in with a recap of my fourth week of training for my first half marathon. Only 8 more weeks to go until race day!

Half Marathon Training Week 4

PM – 2.5 mile run outside and biceps/triceps at the gym

AM -25 minutes elliptical, yoga/core/stretching

REST DAY! #hallelujah

AM – 5 miles on the treadmill, negative splits πŸ™‚
PM – 10 mins. elliptical, chest

AM – 30 mins. elliptical, shoulders
PM – 20 mins. arc trainer, biceps/triceps

AM – 7.55 mile run outside in the misty morning rain. It was my longest run to date, and it was actually, surprisingly glorious
PM -Dancing in the city, this totally counts as a workout πŸ˜‰

PM – Some core work, foam rolling, and frisbee (<– again, totally counts)

running shoes

I’m marking this week of training as a win. I took a legitimate rest day and I actually survived my long run. I forced myself to run slow and I never cramped up, got winded, or needed to stop. It felt great. A nice light rain kept the whole thing cool and collected. That being said, a long run really takes a lot out of you! After I was done, I was slightly zombie-like until I had some serious calories. Note to self – eat ALL the food.

Favorite weather to run in? I can’t wait for the fall!
What is the worst weather you’ve ever run in? How did you handle it?

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jill conyers July 29, 2014 at 6:16 am

Great training week! Fall has fabulous weather for running and being outside! It’s my favorite time of year.

Her Happy Balance July 29, 2014 at 9:01 am

Thanks, Jill! πŸ™‚ I love Winter for all the fun holidays, but Fall has great weather to be outdoors…sweatshirt weather!

Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie July 29, 2014 at 7:04 am

I cannot wait for fall either! It’s the perfect running weather. I was at Cracker Barrel this weekend and they already had a display of Halloween decorations in their store. It made my heart so, so happy!

Her Happy Balance July 29, 2014 at 9:15 am

I’m so excited for Fall, but my summer doesn’t really start until after next week when I’m done my job, so I want to still enjoy some beach time, too. I’m undecided! But I cannot wait until Thanksgiving – love it!

Charlotte July 29, 2014 at 8:58 am

“Is Tuesday too early to start counting down to the weekend?” NO. Ok since i dont run but i do walk to work everyday i will answer your questions thusly- fav weather to walk in- whatever the temp today is. its gorgeous. worst- cold and windy. i dont mind wind or rain, but that wind’ll get ya.

Her Happy Balance July 29, 2014 at 9:16 am

Charlotte, you’re back! πŸ™‚ How are you?!

Okay, so the weekend cannot get here soon enough, that is for sure. And wind sucks butt for everyone. Running in the wind takes so much effort, so I’d rather just go to the gym and watch trashy TV on the treadmill.

Sarah @ Sweet Miles July 29, 2014 at 9:26 am

Yay for taking a legitimate rest day!! Sometimes it’s so hard to STOP and be still πŸ™‚ When is your half again?? I am so far behind!!

Her Happy Balance July 29, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Sept. 21st πŸ™‚ 8 more weeks and it’s show time!

Brianna @ I run He tris July 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm

This looks like a great week of training and workouts! 7.55 miles is awesome. I also did a 7 mile run on Saturday but mine was very humid and I didn’t have enough water! I cannot wait until fall. This has been a extra hot summer (like heat index of 115 degrees yesterday!!) So I will say this heat has been the worst weather to run in!

Her Happy Balance July 31, 2014 at 11:33 am

Thanks, Brianna! πŸ™‚ PA has actually had an unseasonably cool summer – something to do with the arctic vortex we had in the winter, who knows!

The Zen Kat July 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Fall weather is the best to run in. Good work on your training! And yes, eat all the food πŸ˜€

Her Happy Balance July 31, 2014 at 11:32 am

I agree πŸ™‚ I’m excited to get some long runs in when the trees are turning colors.

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 29, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Fall is my favourite time to run in. Not just the temperature, but all the crispy leaves too. I go out of my way to run on them πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance July 31, 2014 at 11:32 am

I do the exact same thing! The sound of that crunch is just golden πŸ™‚ Plus – all the beautiful colors of the trees turning while you run makes for a great view.

Annmarei July 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Great job with your negative splits on the ‘mill- I am a terrible treadmill runner! Also, dancing totally counts as a workout…I always get a bit over zealous and can definitely feel it the next day!

Annmarie July 29, 2014 at 2:34 pm

I typed my name wrong….it has been one of those days, haha!

Her Happy Balance July 31, 2014 at 11:29 am

LOL! I completely feel you – Tuesday just seemed to have dragged on and on this week! It’s in the past now πŸ™‚ And I ran 5 mi. on the treadmill this morning and I was bored out of my mind!

Caitlin July 29, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Ugh yes! I never want to do anything after a long run because I’m so worn out and yet I always schedule things without thinking clearly ahead of time so I’m screwed haha. Oh well! Fall is my favorite season to run, so the past few mornings of cool weather have been amazing πŸ™‚ And the worst weather I’ve run in was all those vortexes this winter because I can’t stand the treadmill so I went out anyway much to Joe’s horror. I bundled like crazy haha but there were definitely some mornings where he made me come home early and/or checked to make sure I didn’t have frostbite πŸ˜›

Her Happy Balance July 31, 2014 at 11:41 am

Girl, you are brave! I ran once after an ice storm and there were icicles falling on my head from tree branches the entire time. That was my first and last time doing that πŸ™‚ Glad Joe makes sure you are safe once you return, though πŸ˜‰

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