It was first week of trying to follow the 80/20 Level 1 Half Marathon Plan. Being that I am basically incapable of following any plan, I did about as well as expected. But I did more running than I’ve done in a while and am feeling really good about it, so that counts as a win.

Monday – Rest Day! No run, no class!

Tuesday – Fast Finish Run. I really enjoyed this one. 5 min in Z1, 25 in Z2, and then finish with 10 in Z3.

Wednesday – made it to 6AM Strength class, then did 25 min easy – which wasn’t ~exactly what was on the schedule, but I left my HRM monitor at home, so I just winged it. I felt pretty tired after my run, but I ate some oatmeal with peanut butter and raisins which seemed to help a bit. By lunch I felt pretty much normal and that continued throughout the day – woo! Maybe my husband is right and I just need to eat more. That has just never happened to me before – heh!

Thursday – no run day, so I got to sleep in. Crossfit was pretty cardio-focused, but there were plenty of pull-ups and pushups too for some fun shoulder burn.

Friday – easy recovery run. I need to work on staying in Z1. I feel like I can barely jog without going above zone. I’ll keep working at it.

Saturday – no official workout. I got in a ton of steps running errands and going for a long walk in the evening.

Sunday – long run day! I programmed the scheduled run of 5 min in Z1, 7.5 miles in Z2 and .5 miles in Z1 into my phone and I had the new albums Going Grey by The Front Bottoms and You Can’t Stay Here by Iron Chic queued up. It was humid and overcast, but the sun eventually cleared away some of the clouds and gave way to some GORGEOUS views. The first few miles were a little rough – I had some burning/discomfort in my feet and I think it is because it is time for new shoes. But eventually it settled down and I settled in and felt good. Again, I wasn’t able to keep up any sort of even slow jog and stay in Z1 – so I did some walking and some jogging and called it good enough. Then, I was feeling so good I did another 2 miles in Z2. What can I say, I’m totally a rule-follower, but not a plan follower.

After upping my food intake on Wednesday and being more mindful of my protein intake throughout the week, I didn’t experience any more fatigue, which I am totally excited about! I was worried and annoyed, but now I feel like I’m in a good place to move forward. I’m going to pay attention to the 80/20 HM schedule, but I’m also going to look at some other schedules and make my own rules so that I can get to running the number of miles I want while trying to keep up the principles of the 80/20 plan.

I’m linking up with the Weekly Wrap, sponsored by Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin.