Half marathon training diary – week 5 (35 weeks to go)

Another 2 weeks down, and some more progress to report in! It’s been an interesting 2 weeks. I had a bit of a slump energy wise during week 4, but I have only missed one workout to so far (which was a cross training work out and not a run). Well, except for tonight, but there’s a reason for that. Kind of related, I also completed my second park run ever and shaved 6mins off my time – wahoo! On the equipment front I’m now parading around with some new shoes.

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Half marathon training diary – 37 weeks to go

I’m 3 weeks into my training, 24 weeks left in my training plan and 37 weeks left until the half marathon. 

The first few weeks have been good to give me a bit of an introduction of what’s to come. I’ve also been able to get an idea of what works and doesn’t work, equipment wise, and so there’s been a bit of chopping and changing with what I’m doing. 

Let’s take a look at what I’ve learned so far.

Nike Run Club review

I used the Nike Run Club app to create my training plan, purely because it was an app that I knew that had them, and it integrated with my Apple watch. Simplicity is what won here. The fact that I could customise the plan based on timeframe was great. They also have some awesome looking “guided runs” that I wanted to try in the future (also available to start on the watch). [...]  read more

2019 Goal: Run a half marathon

You know those all-time bucket list items that you constantly think “one day I’ll do it”? Not like my 52 list, which is an everyday kind of list with the odd big ticket item. The list of the big scary things that you hope one day that you will do but you’re not ever sure you’ll actually make the effort to do it. Running a half marathon was in that list for me.

In 2019 I will be running a half marathon.

Hooooooly shit.

The Race

I signed up for the Sunshine Coast half marathon for a couple of reasons.

  • It’s on my home turf. That means I can run the track as part of my training, and on race day I don’t have to travel far at all.
  • I’ve run the course before. During 2018 I did a 5km event as part of a 52 with a friend, and loved it. The course that the half marathon takes isn’t that much further onwards (with more laps obviously).
  • It’s near the beach. I love to run by the water, it’s one of my “happy places”. So why not take the opportunity to run this new distance in one of my favourite spots in the world?
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    Running, sleep and me time

    This week there’s been a shift in the air. I’m probably going to jinx it, but everything seems to be going well. I feel rested, energetic, motivated, and in love with my husband. My baby has given me a good sleep. My running training is on track.

    I’m the happiest I’ve been in a long time. I feel like “me”.

    There’s a big disclaimer here. It’s not that I hate my life or anything. It’s just been a really trying time for a while now. I still plan on writing about some of the more personal things, but we’ll come back to that later.

    There was a lot of things going on. We weren’t well, and we hadn’t slept properly since before our baby was born. I was at the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life, struggling to find time to exercise (a huge factor in my personal happiness) and I was still coming to terms with who I am as a mother.

    But as of this week, I am so ridiculously content with my life.

    Running training and my “me” time

    When I split up with my ex many moons ago, I got back into running. What I found was that it was instrumental to my happiness.

    Running fulfils so many needs for me:

    • A way to deal with stress
    • Time to “tune out” – I put the headphones on, turn up the volume and run
    • Time for “me”
    • Assists in weight loss and toning my body
    • A way to get out of the house (on some occasions – see below)

    So without it I’ve really felt it hard to deal with stress. And being a new mother is definitely stressful.

    Months ago I had done a 6 week trial with a fitness squad on the Sunshine Coast, which I absolutely loved, but it was expensive. At the time we were on one wage, so that was tough. I’m now back at work 3 days a week so we have a bit more income, but that means on the days I’m not at work it means I have to go to get value.

    It became easier to have a gym membership, but then when I found out child minding was $6.50 every time, after 3 sessions I may as well have just stayed with the squad since it ended up being the same price. I couldn’t always guarantee my hubby would be happy to look after the bub while I exercised, so it all just became too hard.

    I quit the gym.

    Desperate to run, I realised my in-laws had a treadmill which they hadn’t really used for a while. I asked if they would mind if I borrowed it; they didn’t, and brought it up to our place one weekend. I was so excited.

    For my birthday my friend signed me up for a 5km race in August, but I hadn’t done anything about it. So once the treadmill arrived it was time to pull my finger out and start training. I found a 12 week training program online, stuck it to the fridge and prepared myself. Now my ritual is that every day I cross the day off on the count down to the race. It means I’m accountable for my training, and I don’t forget about it. I’m happy to say I haven’t missed a single day of training in over a week now. I’m on a good roll!

    At the moment I’m doing training sessions either at night after the bub has gone to bed, or in the afternoon if the hubby takes him out for some boy time. I’m trying to get my bub more consistent with his naps, so that when he goes down for a sleep I can run then too.

    I am absolutely loving it. My fitness is terrible, to the point I’m proud that I can run for 5mins without stopping right now – a far cry from what I used to do. But right now the end goal is a 5km fun non-stop. From there I’ll keep going. The old Kelly is still inside of me, she’s preparing to come back. I’m just being realistic that it will take some time.

    Sleep

    Since he was born Luca has been a terrible sleeper. It’s been rare to get more than 3-4 hours of sleep at a time. We typically go to bed early enough that our total sleep works out to be 7-8 hours, but when most nights you’re up at least 2 times a night, 7-8 hours still hurts. There’s a massive difference between how you feel when you’ve had a 2 hour stretch vs 3. After 3 hours you feel human, after 2 you will kill your husband for simply breathing wrong.

    Tuesday night was our country’s final game in the World Cup. I expected Luca to wake up around midnight as usual, right on time for kick off. Hence I didn’t bother setting an alarm.

    What actually happened is that for the first time in forever he slept for 7 hours straight. I didn’t go to bed until 10, and got to sleep through until 4am.

    Let me repeat, I got 6 hours of sleep in one stretch.

    For a split second I was disappointed I missed the game, and then I suddenly realised how amazing I felt. Luca had a feed and went back to sleep until just before 7am. When he woke I was greeted with the biggest smile, and lots of cuddles.

    I’m really really really hoping this is the start of Luca sleeping through the night, but I’m also trying not to get my hopes up at the same time. I don’t want to be disappointed I just need to take it all in my stride. Occasionally I let myself dream though, but I shouldn’t wish too much. Soon I will blink, and he will be a teenager that I’m trying to drag out of bed to get to school on time.

    But hey, if it’s possible, another 6 hour stretch of sleep wouldn’t be bad! I’ll take what I can get!

    15 quick updates about the last two weeks

    Image of runnng stats from garmin connect

    It’s been a pretty crazy busy two weeks here at Kelly’s World. I thought instead of writing all of it in a long drawn out way (much like this sentence) I would write a quick bullet point list. After all, I freaking love lists (refer to my 52 list that I write every year, and have done so for the last 10 years). Then it’s time to get back to housework and mothering a 4.5 month old.

  • Luca caught his second cold ever, only this one was way worse than the last. I’m talking lots of runny noses, wet coughs from the mucus running down his throat, and projectile vomits because of the stomach irritation caused by the mucus. It was not fun.
  • One night we barely got any sleep because of how bad Luca’s breathing was. Mario even spent a couple of hours sleeping on the floor of Luca’s room just to make sure he was OK. I can’t tell you how relieved I am that the cold has passed now.
  • Luca slept last night from about 6.30pm to 4.30am, with an involuntary wake up at 10pm. I woke him up to give him a “dream feed”, where you feed them but they’re still mostly asleep. It’s meant to help them sleep longer through the night, and it appears it worked. I am so thrilled he slept that long, and I’m praying he does it again tonight.
  • If he does sleep that long, I’m also praying that my body will actually let me sleep longer than 3 hours in one stretch. I kept waking up to check on him last night, so I got about 2.5 – 3hrs at the most in one go. I don’t remember what it’s like to sleep for longer than that.
  • The difference between 2 hours of sleep and 3 hours of sleep is insane. At three hours I feel human. At 2 hours I feel like I want to claw my eyes out. And Mario has to constantly take cover, because I’m irritable as hell. Even if it adds up to 8 hours of sleep overnight, if I haven’t slept for longer than 2 hours in a stretch, I’m horrible to be around.
  • Luca is still attending swimming classes and loving it. In the past 2 weeks it’s clicked in his mind about how to splash in the water. He loves it! This week he absolutely coated both of us, it was hilarious. Thanks to Kyleigh for the video!
  • I’ve started a new workout program with “The Bod Squad“. My friend won a 6 week pass to join them but couldn’t use it so offered it to me. They have full blown programs for weight loss with meal plans and more, but with the 6 week pass I’ve only got access to the workouts and the child minding. So far I’m loving it! I’m on my second week, and had a major legs workout yesterday. I can really feel it today! I was super nervous joining them given I’m at my heaviest and most unfit, but they made me feel really welcome. Now all that’s left is to tackle that pesky eating issue I have and start dropping the kilos!
  • I’ve been taking Luca to “Rhyme Time” at the library, which is really fun. He stares at everyone while we’re there, but when we come home and sing the songs to him he’s full of smiles. It’s been great for me to learn all the nursery rhymes again.
  • Have you ever noticed how horrible the backstories are for nursery rhymes? I’ve only just realised this as I’ve become more exposed to them in the past few weeks. If they’re not racist they’re about death. It made me wonder, can you imagine if there were nursery rhymes sung about recent events? 9/11? Terrorism? I googled the background and found this link, but in a nutshell some of what I’d heard:
    • Ring around the Rosie – Black Plague (debunked in that link).
    • Rock-a-bye-baby: about the child of royalty that’s not actually theirs.
    • Here we go round the mulberry bush: about exercising prisoners!
  • Last night I attended a wordpress meetup group for the first time since Luca was born. It was amazing! It was great to see familiar faces and also answer some questions people had. The change from the usual night time routine of feeding and getting a baby to sleep was nice, as was the chance to use my brain again. When I got home Mario had everything completely under control, probably why Luca slept so well.
  • I had some issues with my back that I had to see the chiro weekly for the last month. It was mainly caused by my scoliosis, and not having dealt with it since before Luca’s birth. The issues are finally under control and I’m feeling much better. I’m back to fortnightly visits for now.
  • My running training is going slowly. I’ve had to pike out on a few runs either because I didn’t have time, or from Luca’s cold when I needed to be home and looking after him. I’m hoping to get some more time to run during the week but we’ll see how it goes. I did manage to clock in a Friday afternoon with Ness randomly last Friday, it was great! My pace is super slow but right now I’m working at just running 5km consistently without walking. The goal is to keep my heart rate at 141bpm, and for this run it averaged 139. Not bad! And we ran more than walked this time round, which is good (albeit slowly).
  • I’ve started back at work but doing minimal hours. So far I’m really enjoying being back, although I’m working from home. My mum or Mario looks after Luca while I’m working, and I shut myself away in our study so I can’t hear him. I can already see how much of a struggle it will be for me when I go back properly part time and Luca goes into daycare. I’m only locked away for a few hours but I miss him quite a lot while I’m in there!
  • I haven’t had much time to work on 52s this month. I’m going to start trying to tackle them in my free time (hahaha – what’s that).
  • We’ve had so much rain on the coast recently, and apparently in the next few days we’re going to cop some more tropical low conditions with wind and rain. I daresay that’s going to be some serious time indoors! I’ve got plans to make some sensory toys for Luca to play with, so that should be fun! The last few days I’ve been scouring pinterest, and can’t wait to try out what I’ve found with Luca!
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