I finished out week 8 of Hanson’s advanced half marathon training plan, and I’m excited to move on to the strength phase this week. I really like the structure of the program-1 week has longer long runs and easy runs, and the next week cuts back. This allows me to push through those longer mileage weeks, knowing that I’ll get a break! This week was a higher mileage week, though not as high as it will get in the coming weeks.
Monday: 7 miles easy, 7:47 pace. Later I lifted some weights.
Tuesday: Treadmill speed day! 2 mile warmup, 12×400 at 5K pace (6:30) with 200 recovery, 1 mile cooldown. This was not particularly fun on the treadmill. I’m weirdly excited for the upcoming longer speed sessions.
Wednesday: 6 miles easy, 7:58 pace.
Thursday: Tempo Thursday. 2 mile warmup, 5 miles at goal half marathon pace (7:08ish), 1 mile cooldown. This went ok, but I was tired by the last mile. I tried not to think about having to do one more mile next week. Later I taught 2 strength training classes.
Friday: 5 miles easy, 8:12 pace. I was so tired during this run, I felt like I was falling asleep. Later I taught a strength training class and got a very painful massage which helped get the knots out of my hamstrings and calves.
Saturday: I had planned on doing my long run today, but woke up sore from my massage and decided to put it off another day.
Sunday: 12 miles on the treadmill, which cut off and reset itself for no reason so I’m not sure on the time. The treadmill is not my preferred long run apparatus, but my husband was stuck out of town, so I did what I had to do. This was not fun, but I finally got to watch This Is Us (which is great!) and the Grey’s Anatomy season premiere (which was meh). Later I taught a spin class.
Total: 45 miles