Half Marathon Training Check-In

Happy MLK Day!

Hope you are all enjoying the long weekend. I’ve been doing LOTS of running and cooking from Run Fast, Eat Slow so I’d say it’s been a productive weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually had our first recipe post all typed up and ready to go and meant to publish it last Friday, but somehow totally forgot to schedule it. Whoops. So that went up yesterday and you can catch up here if ya missed it!

This week included both my highest mileage run since Baystate as well as the most miles I’ve run in a week since I was in marathon training mode. Overall, I feel like my legs are handling it well and I’m excited to be getting back into long runs finally. Here’s how it shaped up:

Monday – 5 miles easy on the treadmill

Tuesday – Workout! 2 mile warm-up, 3 x 5 min @ 7:36, 3 x 2 min @ 6:59, 3 x 1 min @ 6:35, with 2 minute jogging recoveries between each repeat. 2 mile cool-down for a total of 8 miles! I’ve never done speed work at sub-7 minute pace on the treadmill before. Seeing this workout on my calendar was both exciting and scary, but mostly exciting. ๐Ÿ™‚ Working with a coach and doing workouts like these has only reinvigorated my love for running if anything, so I think it’s a good sign.

Wednesday – 30 minutes easy on the treadmill which came out to just a hair over 3 miles. My hips felt SUPERย tight during this run. I made sure to do some stretching and core work afterwards which I think helped.

Thursday – 60 minutes easy. I actually ran this one outside since Boston got hit with a weird heat wave and temps were in the mid 40s, even at 5:30 am. It was a nice break from the treadmill.

Friday – 4.7 miles easy, back on the old ‘mill. I think the front lady at the gym is starting to remember me.

Saturday – LONG RUN DAY. I was so excited to see this double-digit distance on my workout calendar. The fact that I was so excited to get back to running 10+ miles probably means I’m officially a crazy distance-running nut if I wasn’t already. This one was a doozy and it probably didn’t help that I stayed out late with friends the night before. But oh well. This consisted of: 2 mi. warm-up followed by some dynamic drills + stretching. I’m pretty sure I got some weird looks from my neighbors doing high knees and butt kicks down my street, but what can ya do.

Then, I got into the good stuff. 1 x 4 miles at 8:05 was the goal. Actual splits were 8:06, 8:02, 7:59, 8:05. The first mile felt so fast compared to my warm-up pace but then I settled into it and was really happy with how it felt. Then it got tougher though. 2 x 1 mile at 7:36 with 3 minute walking recoveries. Actual splits were 7:34 and 7:39. The last one was hard and I think I ran most of that mile a little too slow and then was fighting to make up time during the last .4. That was followed by a 2-mile cool-down. All in all, my warm-up ran a little long and I added a little extra distance to get to my running path before diving into the 8:05 miles, so this came out to 11 miles. Unlike some long runs, I never got bored during this since I was so focused on each individual part of the work-out. It was tough, but really fun.

Sunday – 45 minutes easy, which came to just about 4.7 miles. Brady and I had a little fun playing around in the backyard after. ๐Ÿ™‚

Half at the Hamptons Training | 2 Generations RunningI may or may not have a tennis ball behind my back. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Total Miles: 42.6

Total Workouts: 2

That long run has me excited. I still have a month and half till the Half at the Hamptons and if I can continue to run workouts like that, I think I will be in pretty awesome shape. But don’t want to jinx anything. ๐Ÿ™‚

How was your weekend? Did you watch any of the football games (they were perpetually on in my house!)? Any fun plans for your Monday (I’ll be watching The Bachelor this evening!)?