half-marathon training Day 3-7

by Deena on August 6, 2016

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Day 3:

The training plan called for 30 minutes of cross-training.  My legs were still sore from the barre class and impromptu hike I did on Day 2 so I decided to work my upper body instead of doing any serious cardio.  I used the Beachbody Upper Fix DVD I had on hand.  (Mostly because left to my own accord I’d waste time thinking about what arm exercise to do next.)

The Upper Fix works the upper body, including arms, chest, shoulders and abs.   I used 6 pound weights for all of the exercises.   There are five different exercises  done for two rounds with a 20 second rest period in between. The exercises include push-ups, rows, twists, planks and presses, etc…

Day 4:

This days workout almost didn’t happen. The training plan called for a 2 mile run or 30 minutes of cross-training.

I keep my brother’s four kids plus my two kids on Thursdays ~ so the day was full of kid activities.  Outside in the heat.  Ages ranging from 1 -14 years old.  I was exhausted by the time they were picked up.  Truth be told I didn’t want to run – so I sat down and had a glass of wine.  But the guilt of telling my friend I didn’t run got the best of me – so out the door I went… (it’s good to have an accountability buddy for this exact reason!).   I got a 5K nature trail in that evening.  It wasn’t pretty but I finished.

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Blurry action shots #proof 🙂

Day 5:

Was a Rest Day according to my training plan… but my back and legs were achy so I decided to take a Pilates mat class.  Best idea I had all week!  I left the place feeling like all my sore muscles had been lengthened and stretched.

Day 6:

2 mile run.  Decided to try and beat the heat by just running on the treadmill.   I was still a hot mess once I finished.  Kept the pace at a 10 minute mile – nothing crazy.  My goal is to not injure my knee.  So far so good.

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Day 7:

Is tomorrow and it’s a Rest Day.  I will probably do a Yoga DVD just to stretch out any tight muscles.

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