Philly Half Marathon Training: Week 1

So week 1 of getting back to running is in the books. My mom and I are hoping to run the Philly Half in November, though we haven’t registered yet. Should do that soon though…

Last week was a shock for my body. I haven’t done much of anything the past month or two because of vacation, and just lacking motivation. But it feels so good to have a training plan and end goal again. Here’s what I did last week:

Monday: Upper body strength training
Tuesday: Lower body strength training + 3 mile run
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: Off (was supposed to run but didn’t get back until late – oops)
Friday: Lower body strength training + 3 mile run
Saturday: 35 min. swimming 
Sunday: 4 mile run

Can we talk about swimming for a second? That is tough!! I have never regularly swam laps, and probably do so like 2 times a year, so I’m obviously not the best swimmer. My sister and I went and we did 4 laps with a kickboard, and then 4 laps freestyle…and I was spent! That’s only 400 yards!! Then I see all of you who did the NYC Tri yesterday swam 1500 meters…crazy! I want to get to that level eventually ;)

Yesterday, my family and I were in New York showing my uncle around the city. He is visiting from Paraguay and it’s his first time here. We went to the Brooklyn Bridge, Canal St., Empire State Building, and my dad and him rented bikes at Central Park while my mom and I walked around.

While they were at Canal St., I took advantage and got my run in. I figured I’d just run up 7th or 8th Ave. all the way to Central Park. Turns out it was exactly 4 miles!


While I ran, I took some Instagram videos of my journey:

I always love running in NYC. It’s such a change of pace for me from running on long, winding roads with nothing to look at but trees (I know, I shouldn’t really be complaining about this lol). Time passes by faster when I run in the city. Lots of people watching you can do while running!

I believe I will be running the Fifth Avenue Mile again this year, and hoping to break my PR of 7:03. We’ll see though…this week I felt so out of shape and sore. But I know it will come back relatively quickly.

Do you get really sore when you start exercising again after a long break?

Do you run in a rural, suburban or urban area? Which do you prefer?


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Getting Back Into Running

So my dad and I are on week 3 of our half marathon training. We both are also getting back into the groove of running, since during the winter we didn’t run more than 2 miles, and probably only ran like 5 times. Currently, we are running 4 times a week, lifting 2 times a week, and 1 full rest day.

The first week I felt so out of shape running. But surprisingly, it does come back pretty fast. We were up to 45 min runs in a week or so. I haven’t done a run longer than that yet but he has. He has ran 60 minutes, which is the longest he’s ever ran! I’m proud of him and love that he is getting into running. My mom has been out of commission due to injury, but should be able to run within the next two weeks. Oh, we’ll (my mom and I) be running the Oakley Mini 10K in June! My first 10K ever…I’m nervous! Anyone else running it?

It’s been fun running with my dad and using runs to catch up and talk about ideas. He doesn’t like running on the roads though, so we have to go to local parks or trails. But I’m okay with it because of the views:


Currently this is our training routine:

  • Mondays: lift
  • Tuesdays: speed or hill workout/intervals
  • Wednesdays: lift
  • Thursdays: tempo run
  • Fridays: easy run
  • Saturday: off or long walk
  • Sunday: long run

He wasn’t able to run with me yesterday, so I did intervals with a friend. 3×3 min. run with 2 min. recovery, then 4×1 min. run with 2 min. recovery. It was fun to run with a friend! Though my shins are pretty sore today. My calves are super tight, so is that why my calves are tight?

Thankfully today is a lifting day, so no running. Doing legs and will probably warm up with some biking. 

This is a new type of routine for me since I’ll only be running 4x a week and incorporating lifting (which I never can do for some reason). So we’ll see how it goes. I want to see if it helps my shin pain. Some people say running less can help with shin pain, but others say running more helps because your body gets used to it and adapts, so the pain goes away. So we’ll see I guess!

This is me and my dad after a 45 min. run:


Do you run with friends or family? Or do you prefer to run alone?

Have you found that running 3-4x a week is better for you? 


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