Hi friends! How goes it? Yesterday marked an exciting day- the official start of my half marathon training! 😀 It started off with a bang, that bang being a rest day. After the weekend I had I was certainly glad for the rest day. I am following Hal Hidgon’s half marathon training plan for beginners, modified to fit my schedule. Essentially, I’ll be running anywhere from 3-5 miles 2x a week, 2 miles 1x a week and a long run on Sundays, which translates to 4 days a week of running. I’m still toying with the idea of adding the two miles into one of the 3-5 milers, thereby reducing my number of running days per week to three. This is because when I trained for the Virginia is for Lovers 14k I was running 4x a week, and by the end of training I had to take a week off before the race because of a swollen arch. While training for the Boilermaker I ran 3x a week and although the bottom of my foot hurt a little towards the end, I was virtually injury free. If you’re training for a race, how many days per week do you run? I am also going to be attending hot yoga 2x a week and throwing some random sets of pushups in there. I’m excited!
So, this past weekend was a lot of fun, aside from getting sick. I went wine tasting in Long Island with my in-laws for my sister-in-law’s thirtieth birthday. My favorite winery by far was Baiting Hollow– it had a great atmosphere, good wine and a horse rescue farm. It is quite amazing what they do. I didn’t realize how poorly some horses are treated after their “usefulness” has expired. The owners of the vineyard search out horses and rescue them from death. The newest addition to their stables had only been rescued ten days prior, and you could see his ribs due to how thin he was. It was simply heartbreaking, but also inspiring to see how resilient the little guy was- he was running around eating and looked at peace. Anyway, that’s a little heavy for the blog but I wanted to bring it up because it really is amazing what Baiting Hollow is doing.
Some photos from our day:
My stepsister-in-law, the birthday girl, my mother-in-law, aunt-in-law and me
Some of the rescued horses
Another group shot
My sisters-in-law and I at Baiting Hollow
Me and the birthday girl at Vineyard 48
Overall, wine tasting in Long Island was a lot of fun. I hit a bit of a snafu Saturday night- it was incredibly hot on the island this weekend, and that coupled with my lack of water and drinking wine earlier in the day led to a severe bout of dehydration for me. 😦 It was not fun. But, I’m better now and ready to rock my half marathon training!
Last night I finished reading Born to Run. Wow, what a great book. I am going to do a full review once I gather my thoughts on it but it definitely made me reconsider a lot of things with respect to running. Namely, my running shoes! But, that’s a story for another day. Have a great Tuesday everyone! 😀