Olive’s Training Log – 9.5.16

This was week 7 of the Hanson’s half marathon training plan, and I kicked it off with a humid, hilly 5 mile race and ended it with a humid, hilly 12 miles. I’m more than ready for real fall to arrive here in Texas!

Monday- I ran the San Antonio Road Runners 5 Mile Whine Run, named for the whining that happens on all of the hills and the wine that’s served at the end. I know I’m not in peak racing shape, but I figured I had a 5 mile tempo to do this week anyway, so I’d aim to run this race at or around tempo pace (7:08).

You know when you see a photographer and think "smile!" but then the picture ends up looking like this? That is me in every single picture ever.
You know when you see a photographer and think “smile!” but then the picture ends up looking like this? That is me in every single picture ever.

At the start, I spied a local elite runner, so I said goodbye to my super-secret goal of winning overall female. I was passed by a 2nd woman around the .5 mile marker, and I briefly entertained the thought of keeping up with her, but wisely slowed myself down and stuck to my plan. The Cliff’s Notes version of the rest of the race is: mile 1-2 were fun but probably too fast, mile 3 was a desperate attempt to get my pace under control, mile 4 was terrible, but mile 5 had a nice downhill and I ran it in 6:33. I finished in 34:48, good enough for a 1st place in my age group.

Getting my age group award. If anyone knows what to do with these little tiles, please let me know!
Getting my age group award. If anyone knows what to do with these little tiles, please let me know!

Tuesday: 6 miles easy, 7:52 pace. Did some strength training too.

Wednesday: 6.2 miles easy in my neighborhood, 8:06 pace. This felt harder than it should have. I willed myself to slow down on my next easy run. Taught spin class at night.

Thursday: Did my speed work here instead of Tuesday. 2 mile warmup, 5×1000 at 6:30 pace with .25-.5 miles recovery, then 1 mile cooldown. I did this on the treadmill again, and while 1000s are hard on the treadmill (it’s .675 miles which makes math weird), it felt good and I was glad I didn’t skip it. I taught 3 classes later in the day.

Friday: 6 recovery miles at 8:07 pace. I taught a strength training class later.

Saturday: 12 miles, 8:25 pace. Culumlative fatigue is setting in big time, and I was thrilled to be done with this.

Sunday: spent the day eating candy corn and swimming with my kids.

I’m looking forward to next week, which has some lighter mileage and one less class to teach!

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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