My fall half marathon training is rolling along and I anticipate I will move out of easy, base-building and into some serious workouts pretty soon. Why do I think this? Because I just finished a recovery week and if I know my coach like I think I do, I suspect I’ll have to start putting in some hard work very, very soon. I am ready for it too!
Week of 8.25:
Monday is a rest day, but I did arm weights. My shoulders are very slowly starting to recover and my range of motion is improving.
Tuesday I ran an hour easy with 4 strides – 7 miles / 8:48 pace.
Wednesday I did arm weights again and ran 30 minutes easy on the trail with my son after work. 3.4 miles / 8:51 pace.
Thursday I ran just over an hour. It was hot – even in the early morning and almost 100% humidity. Ick. 7.2 miles / 8:56 pace.
Friday I was scheduled for 30 minutes, but I skipped it. No good reason for it. For some reason those super short runs are too easy for me to skip. Fortunately, I will be done with them soon as my training progresses.
Saturday I was scheduled for 30 minutes again, but bumped it up to 60 since I skipped Friday’s workout. 7 miles with 4 strides / 8:43.
Sunday I had an hour and fifty minutes on tap. Unfortunately it was hot and humid. I struggled from the beginning of the run and ultimately pulled the plug early. I had stopped at home to get water, and immediately got a wicked headache and the chills. Decided to be smart and call it quits. It made me crazy not to meet my scheduled workout, but I was feeling awful. 84 minutes / 9.3 miles / 9:05 pace
Total: 33.9 miles
Week of 9.1.13 (Recovery Week):
Monday is my rest day, but I did arm weights.
Tuesday I also rested because it was insanely hot and humid. My coach hadn’t gotten a workout to me by the morning and it was way too horrible to run in the evening (95 degrees and humid).
Wednesday I ran just over 30 minutes / 3.6 miles / 9:03 pace.
Thursday I ran 50 minutes with 4 strides / 5.6 miles / 8:51 pace.
Friday I ran 30 minutes easy / 3.4 miles / 8:55 pace. Once again, it was super humid.
Saturday the entire family did the Color Me Rad 5k race. It was SO much fun! I ran with my youngest son and we were moving along pretty nicely. Not sure of the exact time as I did not wear a watch, but I’d guess we were around 25 minutes.
Sunday we had family in town visiting and a big breakfast scheduled. We also had late afternoon/evening plans, which meant I ended up having to get my run in during the heat of the day. It was 84 degrees and 70% humidity. Translated = total suffer fest. But I put the work in with a few water stops to let my HR drop. 10.1 miles / 8:56 pace.
Total: 25.8 miles
I am looking forward to getting into heftier training in the coming weeks! I will admit though, that I was at first disappointed to see my coach had scheduled me for a super light week last week after only 40 mile and 33 mile weeks. However, I felt really good by the end and know it will position me well for what is just around the bend. Stay tuned…..