Last Monday, I set the following "ideal" schedule for myself:
Monday: 30 minutes Elliptical, strength train at night
Tuesday: 5 X 400 meters at the local school track (400 meter = one lap, I will be running pretty fast) 2 minute rest in between.
Wednesday: Greenlake Run (3.1 miles)
Thursday: 40 minutes Elliptical, strength train at night
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: Greenlake Run
Sunday: 4 mile Run
In reality, my week went like this:
Monday: 30 minutes elliptical, strength train at night
Tuesday: absolutely nothing (and ate pizza and ice cream)
Wednesday: 5 X "400" meter run eyeballing the distance
Thursday: 40 minute elliptical after work
Friday: 35 minute elliptical before work
Saturday: 5 mile moderately strenuous hike
Sunday: 4 mile run
I'm pretty happy that I was able to get in 6 workouts, but I definitely felt in my longer run today that I have not been running enough. At least not enough for 1/2 marathon training. I felt a little sluggishness, but that could also be due to the 5 mile butt-kicking hike yesterday. I feel good. I was really conscious of my sodium/food intake this week, and couple that with exercise, and I'm back to feeling like I'm in the swing of things again.
We had a beautiful weekend here in Seattle, and I notice that when the weather is nice, I'm SO much more motivated to exercise. I actually had to put on sunscreen today before my run. It was awesome. During the start of my run, I ran past a field where lots of owners bring their dogs to run around. As I ran past, there was this man with an older Golden Retriever, while he was opening the back of the car to let the dog in, the dog laid down in the shade of the car panting. It was comical. I smiled when running by, and looked at the man and said "I know how she feels." He laughed a little too hard, but I was glad to make someone laugh today.
I'm excited to kick up my workouts this week, and move forward with my training. I will be posting my tentative schedule for the week tomorrow.