This was probably the hardest week of training so far and I’m really happy with how it went. Granted I ended up on the treadmill more than I’d planned to, but that’s life and I’m thankful I have a treadmill to get in runs when I have to. I’ll start to cut back mileage next week in preparation for the half on November 12.
Monday- 10 miles at 7:27. The goal was 7:30, which is roughly marathon pace, so I’m happy with how it went. I ended up subbing at the last minute for a teacher with food poisoning, so I did this after a long day of subbing third grade. Yes, full time teachers do this every day, and I suppose next year when I go back full time I’ll adapt!
Tuesday- 10 recovery, 8:12 pace. This is probably on the faster side but the weather was just perfect!
Wednesday- Tempo day-2 warmup, 7 at 6:55 (roughly half marathon pace), 2 cooldown. Felt great.
Thursday- 11 recovery, 8:25 pace, followed by 6x:20 strides.
Friday- on the schedule I had 3×1600 at 6:05 followed by 2×200 at :43. I set my alarm for 4:45 to get to the track before school (this is the only time the track is available to the public, except for late in the evenings which is not an option for me). When my alarm went off, I could hear the wind gusting against the house and our trash cans blowing around. A cold front had blown in and the wind was gusting up to 40 mph. The thought of running mile repeats in the pitch black alone while getting blown around made me feel sick with dread, so I said “forget it” and ran them on the treadmill later. 6:07, 6:05, and 6:03, plus :44/:43 for the 200s. I have no regrets-I felt really strong and happy with the workout.
Saturday-8 easy, cold miles-8:30 pace.
On Sunday I talked to my coach about goals for the half. He thinks I’m in a good position to run 1:29, which I guess on paper I am. This cycle has gone well, and the race course is supposed to be fast and flat. The weather has been great and in theory it should be nice for the race. I’ve attempted 1:29 before and blown up, and I think the idea of it ending badly again would just be devastating. This is the most mileage and the hardest workouts I’ve ever done for a half and I’d really like to have something to show for it, so I think I’m going to just see what happens and plan on trying again in early spring if this goes wrong. I tend not to run well when I have a very specific time goal like that, so I’m crossing my fingers that this reverse psychology will work out for me this time too!