So … on Monday, my husband and I decided to go run the Indy Half Marathon. This was a little bit last minute — I was planning to race either this weekend or next but I couldn’t decide on which race. And I actually had in my head that this race was next weekend. OOPS! I wasn’t feeling very excited about any of my options, in part because despite racing well at the Indy Women’s Half three weeks ago, I didn’t run the time I was hoping. Coach wanted me to race one more all-out of 10k to half-marathon, but part of me was worried about where I’d be mentally if I didn’t go as fast as I thought I could.
But, my husband — who does not race often — said he wanted to race, too, and then I got excited for it. Coach made adjustments to my training schedule so most of the week was pretty easy.
Monday: 10 miles easy, 81 minutes. The weather was so stupid gorgeous — 75*, 47% humidity, tiny breeze.
Tuesday: Abbreviated speed session. It was almost disappointing to cut it short because it’s one of my favorite workouts. I only did half of the ladder, so 5-4-3-2-1 minutes hard with 2 minutes recovery in-between. I got to go really fast, especially on those last ones, which left me feeling excited to race. (Coach is a smart guy.) 10 miles, 76 minutes.
Wednesday: 8 miles, 70 minutes. Taught Pilates.
Thursday: 8 miles, 69 minutes. Taught Pilates Strength.
Friday: 4 miles “moderate” (70-75% max HR), 30 minutes. I had 6×30 step strides at the end of this one, again, helping put a little zip back into the legs.
Saturday: Indy Half Marathon, 16 miles total. 2 mile warm up, race, 1 mile cool down. Fifth female, 1:26:15, big PR!
Sunday: 4 miles of misery, 36 minutes. Grateful it felt as bad as it did because that means I gave it everything on Saturday.
Totals: 60.2 miles run, 2 miles walked, 2 Pilates classes taught. 4 weeks to Monumental Marathon.