BK Half Training: Week 1


My first week of training did not go as planned. I ran my long run last week on Sunday, so that in itself threw my schedule off. And then I got majorly sick. I only went into the office for a couple hours this week. I have a no working out when you have a fever or trouble breathing rule, so I skipped a lot of workouts this week. 

I want to be honest with you guys on these recaps, so this is what actually happened.

The Plan

Please keep in mind that this is an intermediate-level schedule that I made for myself from my own personal experience with running. If you are a beginner, I would suggest starting with a training plan that has lower mileage and no sprints. 

What I did (Week 1: March 23 – 29, 2015)

Monday - REST

Like I said above, I ran 5.5 miles last Sunday. I needed to take Monday as a rest day. Plus, Monday was my travel day back from Texas. We were at the airport at 9am and didn't get back to our apartment in Brooklyn until around 5pm. 

Tuesday - REST

Tuesday, I had a fever and I felt horrible. 

Wednesday - 2-mile Walk

I didn't feel well enough to run or workout on Wednesday, so I went for a walk with Morton. I just needed to do something to keep my body moving.

Thursday - HIIT

I didn't want to walk in the cold to the gym, so I did a 30-minute HIIT workout in my apartment. I picked one of Kayla Itsines leg workouts from week 2 of her Bikini Body Guide. It included a lot of jump squats, burpees, and jump lunges. My legs were dying by the end of it.

Friday - 3 Miles + Back & Biceps

Friday was the first day that I felt well enough to run. I didn't push myself to run super fast. I didn't even use a run tracker to see my pace because I knew that would make me push myself harder than I probably should. 

Morton and I just ran a casual 3-mile jog. 

Matt and I went to the gym afterwards and I did a back and biceps workout -- my first and only lifting workout this week. 

Saturday - 7 Miles

I was supposed to run 6 miles, but I didn't check my chart before I headed out the door. So I ran 7 miles haha. Oops. I listened to some podcasts - The Delightful Life and a TED Talk Radio Hour about the necessity of play. 

The run was difficult, but I didn't push myself for speed, so I never felt like I wanted to quit during the run. It was really wonderful to get outside after spending all week in my apartment. I ran in Prospect Park, which was quite lovely. There are always a lot of people running in the park on weekends, so I felt like I had a little bit of company and encouragement. 

Week 1 Thoughts

I'm honestly pretty disappointed that this is what my first week of training ended up looking like, but I know there is nothing I could have done about it. When you're sick, you're sick. And you should rest. 

I'm hoping to hit all of my workouts this week, and to start working on my pace.

Question of the Day: 

  • What do you like to listen to on your long runs?