This is one of my last hard weeks heading into my half marathon on the 23rd. It started with a 15K race and ended with some fast 800s on the track, with a few extra workouts sprinkled in.
Monday-I had 7 miles at goal half pace (6:55) on the schedule, and found a local Labor Day 15k that I decided to enter. My coach instructed me to do the first 2 miles at 7:45, and then settle into 6:55 for the last 7.3. I started comfortably at 7:45, and felt like I was standing still with the amount of people whizzing by me. After I started my goal pace miles, I began passing a lot of people who gave me very confused looks, as if to say “who is the new girl and why is she passing me?” I found myself first female around the 10k point. My legs felt pretty dead around that point so I tried to just focus on staying in the lead and not getting lost. I was happy to win first overall female, but I know my pace was off (I averaged closer to 7:05) which is disappointing.
Tuesday-7 miles easy, plus a hot yoga class.
Wednesday-I signed up for a month of Camp Gladiator so I could meet some folks and get some strength training in. My first class was today and included some core work and cardio. Then I ran 10 easy miles at a local trail.
Thursday-Speed day. I’m having a hard time figuring out the schedule of the local track-I tried to go and it was locked. So I did my speed workout on the treadmill. 2×1.5 miles at 6:17 pace. Including warmup, cooldown and recovery it was 6 miles total.
Friday-early morning Camp Gladiator workout, then 10 miles easy again at the same local trail.
Saturday- went to the local track figuring I’d get a workout in easily on a Saturday. It was open, but turns out it was open to a middle school football team. I did 2×200, 3×800, and 2×200 before the stands were completely filled with middle school parents. Then I got the heck out of there.
All in all it was a good week. I’m trying not to worry about the 15K too much and just hoping that the pace will come easier during the actual race.