I’m just 3 weeks out from my goal half marathon on November 12, and this week was supposed to be 60 miles. The most I’ve ever run in a week is 63, and that was peaking for a marathon, so this feels like a lot for me. I feel pretty good for the most part, and I’m managing to hit most of my paces. One more heavy week of training before I start cutting back a bit!
Monday: Tempo day. 2 mile warmup, 4 at 6:48, 2 cooldown. Tempos are by far my least favorite workout, and this one is closer to my 10k pace then half marathon pace. I was psyched to get it over with.
Tuesday-Recovery day. I’ve been really trying to slow my easy runs down. When I run during the day for some reason I tend to run them much faster than I should. Strava convicted me of this recently-I noticed Chicory and Sesame, who are much much faster runners than me, run their easy runs slower than me! I felt silly after that and realized that my workouts were harder than they needed to be because I was running them on tired legs. All that to say-I averaged 8:50 pace for the 10 miles today which is a step in the right direction.
Wednesday- I had a day off from substitute teaching today and wanted to go ahead and knock out my long run, so I went to the local trail. I could tell my GPS was off from the start-it was reading 8:45 pace when I felt like I was working much harder. By the end of this run I was toast-I must have been going way too fast at the start of the run. 16 miles total-8:03 average according to my GPS but who knows the actual pace.
Thursday-10 easy, 8:25 pace. I think this is a little too fast. Managed some strength training after.
Friday-Track day before I subbed. Workout was 3x1k at 3:43, then 3×200 at 41. For some reason I thought 3:43 wouldn’t be that fast, but it’s still under 6:00 pace and I was pretty tired! 3:45, 3:43, 3:42, and then 41, 41 ,40.
Saturday- 8 easy plus strides, 8:54 pace. I had no problem going slow today, I was exhausted!