On the Run

Week 3 Half Marathon Training Recap

Monday

  • Today’s Workout: 20 minute yoga for runners
  • Weather: Cloudy, 64 degrees
  • Fitbit Readiness Score: 55
  • Sleep: 6 hours, 3 minutes (according to Fitbit, though I’m confident I did fall back asleep after my 4am wake up)

How it went: I love how robust Adriene’s library of runner-specific yoga sessions has become over the years. Today’s flow is one I haven’t done as often, so it was nice to stretch out to something a bit fresh.

Tuesday

  • Today’s Workout: 20 minute Kick-It
  • Weather: Cloudy, 70 degrees
  • Fitbit Readiness Score: 86
  • Sleep: 6 hours, 14 minutes

How it went: I woke up around 4am and couldn’t stop worrying about making orientation nametags, so ended up getting out of bed around 4:30. Naturally that meant I was tired and grumpy this morning even after my coffee, so I didn’t feel like working out. I did it anyway and feel marginally better afterwards. Like many core-centric workouts, I spent a good amount of the time breathing heavily and staring at the instructor as my body felt incapable of doing what looks so effortless for her. Still, I got it in!

Wednesday

  • Today’s Workout: 20 minutes conversational pace run (modified down from 40)
  • Weather: Partly cloudy, 64 degrees
  • Fitbit Readiness Score: 95
  • Sleep: 6 hours, 10 minutes

How it went: Since Azula will be a home alone pup today, I decided to take her with me for my run. This limits how far we can go in the neighborhood, so I cut the run down from 40 to 20 minutes, which doesn’t feel like the worst idea while I’m keeping an eye on my knee. Like most runs with the doggo, there were sniffs and potty breaks to be had. I love running with her, especially since I’m the one who insisted on a heeler for the exact reason that they’re good running dogs.

Thursday

  • Today’s Workout: 20 minute Kick-It, core focus
  • Weather: Forgot to check!
  • Fitbit Readiness Score: Low 80s, I think. Honesty forgot to log this day of, and for some reason Fitbit didn’t keep a lot of the score.
  • Sleep: 5 hours, 37 minutes

How it went: Oof, core week always kills me. A lot of panting in the floor staring at Eliza in frustrated disbelief. We got through it!

Friday

  • Today’s Workout: Rest day
  • Weather: Cloudy, 70 degrees
  • Fitbit Readiness Score: 91
  • Sleep: 7 hours, 6 minutes (finally, a good night of sleep this week!)

How it went: My stomach is definitely not in the best shape today, so I’m glad for rest day and eager to get out on the walk with Azula to see if some movement helps this gas and bloating. Hydration, light stretching, and foam rolling on the agenda today to prep for tomorrow’s long run.

Saturday

  • Today’s Workout: Long run (1 hour & 20 minutes)
  • Weather: 70 with “fog” according to weather.com. Pouring buckets in reality
  • Fitbit Readiness Score: 100
  • Sleep: 7 hours, 4 minutes
Taking shelter and being mad about it

How it went: I didn’t realize I was going on an adventure when I hopped in the car with Andy and Azula for a long run. The plan was that we’d run together to the dog park, where I’d leave them and continue on. The forecast claimed no rain until a small chance at 10am. As we came up the hill towards the dog park, however, I heard the telltale signs of coming rain in the woods. Cue a torrential downpour that continued for at least twenty minutes. I love a rainy run, but this wasn’t what I had signed up for and I wasn’t prepared. At first, I tried to run through it, but it became apparent it wasn’t going to stop any time soon and I hadn’t come with a plastic bag for my phone or Fitbit. I doubled back to check on Andy, who was hiding under a shelter, and Azula, who had found a ball and was patienty sitting in the rain waiting for him to throw it for her

We waited under the shelter until the rain finally slowed down. I felt incredibly frustrated, as the run had started off as a struggle and now wouldn’t get to be redeemed. I tried not to mourn my long run cut short as we ran quickly back to the car, but I knew I wouldn’t be finishing up later in this summer heat. I chalked it up as time on feet and set about the rest of my day as cheerfully as I could (which admittedly, was not all that cheerful).

Sunday

  • Today’s Workout: 20 minute run or 30 minutes crosstraining
  • Weather: 72 degrees, cloudy
  • Fitbit Readiness Score: N/A
  • Sleep: Guessing around 7 hours

How it went: I don’t have sleep or Readiness data today because it turns out my Fitbit didn’t enjoy its shower yesterday. I have to say, my Versa 2 has been through a hell of a lot of rain over the years and it’s always held up beautifully. Whether yesterday’s downpour was the final straw or I just didn’t wipe it off diligently enough when we got back to dry land, my Fitbit started acting up last night. It kept flipping through my stats as if I was tapping the screen. That’s a lot of buzzing when you’re trying to fall asleep, so I took it off for the night to let it dry out better without my wrist under it, and so I could actually sleep.

It seems a bit better this morning but was scrolling through a bit while I made coffee, so I’ve opted to finally upgrade to the Versa 3. I’ve been eyeing it for a while due to the addition of built-in GPS and the fact that my old gal isn’t holding a charge like she used to.

But enough about wearable trackers. Today, I was debating going for another run to “make up” for the shortened long run yesterday. Then I realized with Monday’s conversational pace run that would be three days in a row of running which my body would not appreciate. So, I’m going to opt in for crosstraining instead and hit a nice yoga flow instead.


The theme of week 3 seems to be flexibility and compromise. This hasn’t been a week where I followed the plan to a T, but I’m proud of myself for pushing on and making it work as best I could. Hopefully Week 4 will be a little smoother with my husband back in town to help care for our pup, but we’ll see how she goes!