Olive’s Training Log – 8.28.16

The kids went back to school in Texas this week, and my youngest daughter started kindergarten, which means that for the first time in almost 8 years, I have no kids at home during the day. I have a few part-time jobs, but neither started Monday, so I could finally run outside during the day!

Monday– Instead of running, went out for a “no kids at home!” breakfast with my husband. Later I took a Barbell Conditioning class.

Tuesday- 2 mile warmup, 4x.75 at 4:50 (6:30 pace) with .25 recovery, 1 mile cooldown. I did this on the treadmill for convenience, and it felt pretty tough. I was glad to be done.

Wednesday– Left my car in the school parking lot and ran 6 awesome miles from the kids’ school. Averaged 7:56 pace which I worried was too fast to recover adequately from the speed workout yesterday, but I felt good and my heart rate stayed in zone 2. Later I took a yoga class and taught spin.

Thursday- 2 mile warmup, 4 miles at goal half marathon pace (7:08), 1 cooldown. Managed to average just under 7:08 and I felt great! It always takes me a few weeks to make the tempo click. I taught 3 classes later in the day.

Friday- I attempted to drop off my kids and then meet my friend at the local trails but then I ran into this:

Pardon my dirty windshield.
Pardon my dirty windshield.

I worried I wouldn’t have time to do my planned 6 miles and make it to the gym in time to teach my class, so I parked at the gym instead and ran from there. There was little shade and it was hot and sunny. I was glad to be done! Averaged 8:03 pace for 6 miles.

Saturday: 12 hilly miles. I was really feeling the cumulative fatigue! I felt like I was asleep for the first 3 miles. 8:20 average.

One of the many hills I climbed during Saturday’s run.

Sunday: 5 recovery miles, 8:40 average.

I’m feeling overall pretty good about how the training is going, but I also have a bad habit of peaking before a race, so that’s in the back of my mind too. I hope I continue to make reasonable improvements but still peak on race day!

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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  1. Looks like a great week of training, I totally get the fear of peaking too soon as well. It’s such a fine line you have to walk to peak just at the right time- I think you are doing great though!