Week 1 wrap up – Although the runs for week one were shorter I found myself struggling for time to complete the runs. The weather has been rainy, I have been spending my free time with my daughter and son-in-law, and having my son return from college has changed up my regular routine for this week. In the end, I did well with cross training, completed two of my three 3 mile runs and completed my 6 mile run as well. All in all, not bad.
Week 2 – This week the runs were three 3 mile runs, a 7 mile run along with a cross training day. Once again weather and time has affected my training this week. Although I know better, I actually combined two runs so that I can be sure overall I have met the required total mileage for this week. Another struggle I am having is with all the pollen my asthma is reacting and my breathing is effected. I am using my inhaler more frequently than normal and am even taking it along with me on my runs.
Last weekend I went to NYC and while browsing in a running store found the hydration belt I have been searching for. When I first started running I would carry a bottle of water in my hand. I didn’t like the feeling of having to hold on to something or the added weight in my hands. I then found a water belt, adjustable style, 24oz single bottle but as I was drinking out of it and the bottle became lighter the belt would start to move up and down on my waist. Very distracting!!! Next I found an elastic, adjustable two 12oz bottle hydration belt. I have been running with this for a while and like the feel although have quickly found that the bottles do not hold enough water for the long runs. Last year when I was training for my marathon, on the real long runs I would have to keep extra water in my car, circle back, refill the bottles and then continue with my run. Again, very distracting! I am now the proud owner of an elastic, adjustable, 4 12oz bottle hydration belt!
Another recent purchase by my husband as a Mother's Day gift was a Garmin watch. I haven’t had the time to figure it out yet but will keep you all posted.
Week 3 schedule this week is two – 3mile runs, one 4 mile run, one 5 mile run and 1 day of cross training. Trying to stick to the schedule as best I can, I need to be realistic to what my life is like. Not sure of what the week will hold I have been moving rest days and runs around so that it meets my schedule. My goal at the end of the week is to complete the required mileage and include a cross training day. I have not found the time to include spinning or swimming, YET but I am still trying to work it in to cross training.