Half Marathon Training Help!

Had a nice, busy weekend off!

Had the CrossFit total on Friday, lunch with my dad and brother, then Shawn and I drove around looking at houses we were interested in (didn’t go in to see any but did drive bys – and boy, do the listing photos make them look way better than they do in real life!). I may have had this for dinner:

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Saturday I woke up early to head to CrossFit again.  Did this workout:

AMRAP 20min
5 deadlifts
5 hang power cleans
5 front squats
5 push press
5 back squats
All at 70lbs.  I did 4 rounds + the hang cleans.  Could have done more but I hate push presses.  No excuse, I know, but that’s the truth! I suck at upper body work still.

After the workout I headed (well, after showering) to the west end to hang out with some friends of mine from school.  We spent the afternoon browsing stores and pastry shops, then had a little too much wine and pasta at the most awesomest Italian restaurant ever, Sempre.

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Sunday I bought the cutest pair of boots, went to an antique store, had more ice cream, and looked at more houses.  It was a very full weekend!

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Yesterday was the Toronto Goodlife Marathon (and half and 5km).  I was supposed to run the half, but I didn’t have enough time to train once my knee decided to start co-operating.  So yet another race I had to sit out.  This got me thinking, though – I’d really like to run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront half marathon in October, so in the next month or so I have to seriously start training for it if I plan to run a halfway decent race.  Last time I trained with the Running Room, but I think this time I would like to follow a different plan and train on my own.  But this is where I’m stuck – I’m not too sure what training plan to follow.  Some of them are so similar, and yet others are so different.  I want to run 3-4 days a week, with speed work involved.  I’m going to keep searching, but in the meantime if anyone has any favourite training plans they want to share, that would be great!

What are your favourite half marathon training plans? And what is your next big race??

It’s Been A While & Workout Update

Yeah, so clearly I did it again.

Disappeared, that is.

But it’s the end of January, the holidays are over, and I am determined to make this little blog here thing work this time around. So I apologize to anyone who may have been missing me (ha!) and I promise to stick around this time.  I have some exciting ideas for the blog and I’m looking forward to rolling them out over the next few weeks.

Workout Recap – January 23-29

Monday – 16km 10km on the treadmill
I’d had a rough weekend at work, it was raining out (ok it was pouring), and I find the treadmill to be super boring. I fully intended to do my full long run on the ‘mill but after 6miles I just couldn’t do it any more.  I was mentally and phsyically exhausted so I called it a day. 

Tuesday & Wednesday – rest due to work

Thursday – Olympic lifting class
So I am completely smitten with Oly lifting & power lifting and lifting in general.  I have gone to 2 classes at my Crossfit box and I will continue to go, as often as I can.  If you follow me on twitter you may have seen a photo from that class, me with a 60lb jerk. Love it.

Friday – Crossfit and 8km on Treadmill
I did a 15 minute crossfit workout – every minute on the minute for 15 minutes – 2 strict presses (55lbs) and 5 box jumps (20 inches).  It was a lot more tiring than it looked.
I hooked up with the treadmill again as it was (again) raining and getting dark (and lately I’ve been afraid to run on my own, especially in the dark).  I started with some easy mile repeats, then ended up doing 4 x 400m repeats with 200m rest in between.  I apparently can run faster than I thought! This was also the first run with my new shoes (more about them later).

Saturday – Crossfit (again)
19:30 workout – 5 rounds for time, 100′ farmers walk (40lbs each side), 10 burpees (I subbed 10 situps and 5 push ups), 100′ bear crawl, and 10 pull ups.  My pull ups are getting a lot better and I think I will have to go down a band soon.

Sunday – 16km
This was my first long run with my new orthotics and I think they helped tremendously.  My knees are achy today but I believe that is due to my crappy old shoes (which shall never be run in again!). Between my new shoes, my foam roller, and my orthotics I hope to have this pain thing figured out in time for the Chilly Half in 5 weeks!!

This week I plan on stepping up my running and getting back to proper running workouts, and potentially taking a step back from Crossfit.  My plan is to concentrate mostly on running until after the Goodlife Half Marathon in early May, and then turn my focus to muscle and strength building for most of the summer.  I refuse to give up my Crossfit completely though, but as evidence by my slow and painful run yesterday, I need to give my legs a break every now and then in order to be able to run, well, better.

I am really looking forward to yoga tonight – need to stretch out all my sore muscles.  I hope everyone had a great weekend and that you all have fantastic workouts planned for this week! :)