Olive’s Half Marathon Training Log-10.8.17

This is my first full week of “for-real” training for the Fort Worth Half, andย  I’m happy to report my calf has cooperated! I had 2 tough speed workouts and a long run, and they all went well.

Monday-10 miles easy, 7:57 pace. My Garmin was acting really weird (only measured 9.6 miles so I went by trail mile markers…ain’t nobody got time for 10.4 miles on a Monday) so I’m not 100% confident of this pace. Later I went to the gym and puttered around with some lower body work. I ended up squatting heavier than I should have so I was pretty sore after.

Squad goals.

Tuesday-yep, still sore. I just started substitute teaching so I woke up early for a quick 6 miles before school. Cross training included chasing kindergartners around and squatting to get one out from under a desk.

Wednesday-ย Treadmill speed day-2×1.5 miles at 6:17 pace. With warmup, recovery and cooldown I got in 7.5 miles. Later I hobbled back to the gym for some upper body work, where I made a fool of myself on the assisted pull up machine.

Thursday- 10.5 miles, 8:18 pace.

Friday-Track day. Workout was 4×800 at 2:52. I went 2:50, 2:50, 2:53, 2:55. Obviously 2:50 was a bit too ambitious and I paid for it on the last set! With warmup, recovery and cooldown I got in 7 miles. We spent the day at the Texas State Fair where I walked a ton and consumed my weight in fried goods.

My kids Texas-ing it up.

Saturday-rest day if rest can be defined as waking up at 6:45 to watch kids’ volleyball games in a middle school gym.

Sunday-16 miles, 8:08 pace. This felt really, really good and I kind of wished it was longer! Later I got in some upper body strength training.

Total:57 miles


I am a stay at home mom and group fitness instructor from South Texas. I love reading, wine, and travel. I write about trends, injury prevention and maintenance, and satire. I am training to break 1:30 in the half marathon sometime soon, and for the 2017 Boston Marathon.

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