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).
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.
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!