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Half Training: Week 14 of 16 Complete

What a difference a week makes! This week my running was much better than last week. I was also able to get outside for my long run today even thought the weather wasn’t great.

I have one last week of training and then week 16 will be my taper.

Here is what this week looked like:
M: Bike 15 Mins, 2 Miles Easy Run, Abs
T: 10 Miles Speedwork Run
W: 2 Miles Easy Run
R: Rest
F: Rest
Sa: 3.1 Miles Race
Su: 11 Miles Long Run

Total Running Miles: 28.1

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CIDA – 5K – 25:42

A new PR!!!

The weather was not the best, but at least there was no rain. It was about 33 degrees and 18mph winds, making it with the windchill about 25 degrees. This race is an out and back loop and has one large gradual hill about .75 miles in.

I felt great this race! The cold winds weren’t the best on my lungs, but otherwise I was feeling amazing. My race plan was to just make sure I stayed on top of my pace and didn’t let it slow at any point, which seemed to work because I had negative mile splits.

Rob had a great race too and PRed with 25:53!

Afterward we waited around with Mike, Jayme and William in the freezing cold to see if we had won any awards or door prizes.

I got 2nd in my Age Group!!

My splits:
Mile 1: 8:20
Mile 2: 8:11
Mile 3: 8:00
.1 Mile: 1:11

Race Time: 25:42
Avg Split: 8:16

My stats:
F 30-34: 2/15
Overall: 73/224

Afterward Rob and I met up with Drew and Carrie and we checked out the local running store. It was a very nice store and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I ended up with a new CW-X sports bra, CW-X compression socks, and Nike running socks. Then we headed out to a cafe for some breakfast (aka lunch), coffee and a mimosa.

We forgot our camera so Rob got this picture of me with my medal when we got home. 🙂

Tomorrow is my 11 mile long run and I’m so excited for it. The bad news is a winter storm is coming in tonight so I’ll have to wait and see if I need to make this one indoors. I was so looking forward to a nice spring day run, but apparently winter is not through with us yet.

Now it’s time to go put on my compression socks and start working on my full marathon plans. 🙂

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Half Training: Week 13 of 16 Complete

Wind Training: Check

This was an awful running week. None of my runs felt great and in fact most were a disappointment. The wind where I run has been relentless. It’s impossible for me to try an pace with strong winds. On top of it I was sick this week for a couple days. I was able to get all my mileage in, but I had to rearrange my training plan to get it all in. Plus my sapped energy just made those days miserable.

I’m aware that towards the end of training that there will be days (or a whole week) that feels like this, but it doesn’t make it any easier. My first half marathon goal was to survive and run strong. Now this time I have goals and pacing I’m trying to meet. A week like this makes all of it seem unreachable. If race day brings strong winds I’m screwed. I’ll have to go into survival mode and just press forward, giving up the 16 weeks of training (and hoping for a good pacing) and just exist in the awful like I did this week. It’s just something I have to deal with if it happens.

I did learn a painful lesson on my long run this week. I had decided that I would re-try one of my hydration belts so I could get water during my long run when I needed it instead of having to plan my way back to my house mid-run for staged bottle. I’m not wearing a hydration belt for my half, but still somehow thought it would be nice to have water on hand today. The sloshing of the bottles was tolerable, but the weight was not. I had set out and tried telling myself that as I drank the water it would lighten the load and it would get better. That did not happen. Even with drinking the water I still felt like I had a belt of lead strapped to me. Between fighting the wind and the belt I was wiped. At mile 6 (of 10) I was fed up and pulled the piece of crap off and dropped it outside my house. I felt like I lost an instant 10 lbs. My pace times went up by 30 secs immediately, but with my new weightlessness I still couldn’t get on track. My energy was gone and the wind was becoming too much. All I did was press forward and went into survival mode. I knew all I had gotten from this run was a lot of annoyance and a spirit beating.

If anything I learned that I can press on when everything, my mind, my body, the wind, all of it is against me. I will move forward.

And here is what my awful running week looked like:
M: Bike 30 Mins, Abs
T: 3 Miles “Easy” Run (Super Windy)
W: Rest (Sick)
R: 4 Miles Tempo Run (Sick)
F: 8 Miles Temo Run
Sa: Rest
Su: 10 Miles Long Run

Total: 25

So week 13 is over. I must look ahead.

20 days until my half….20. I had made my training plan ‘hard’ this time instead of ‘moderate’. This coming week I have what I consider the most challenging run on my plan, 10 miles of speedwork and that will be on top of my 11 mile long run, a 5K race, and some easy runs.

I have two long runs left. I hope that I’m able to have a better experience from at least one of them. I have three 5K races planned before my half. Which means I have to rearrange my training the best I can to make everything fit. It’s not exactly sensible to be running shorter races while I am at the peak of my final training, but I can’t resist getting to run them.

So this week I plan to get a lot of rest when I can and look forward to my speedwork, my next 5K race, and my next long run.

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Half Training: Week 12 of 16 Complete

This week was a recovery week so I got to take it easy. It was nice because I spent more days running outside than on the treadmill. When I have long runs during this training where I’ve had more miles outside than inside, but this being more actual days shows that spring is finally here! The weather has been amazing. Even my runs in the morning with a brisk wind and 30 degrees have been such a change that it feels like a heat wave.

And with my outdoor time I played around with my easy miles and turned them into negative splits. Perhaps this means they weren’t “easy” runs, but I figured as long as I felt good and not strained that it was all good.

I also got to do a 5K today (Sunday) and although I didn’t break my PR I felt very strong and have some ideas how to work on the next race.

Here is how the week looked:
M: Bike Easy 30 Mins, Strength Training: abs, legs, push ups
T: Bike Easy 20 Mins (Warm Up), 4 Miles Easy Run
W: Rest
R: Rest
F: 5 Miles Easy Run (splits: 10:02, 9:54, 9:40, 9:13, 8:38)
Sa: 5 Miles Easy Run (splits: 9:17, 9:10, 9:04, 8:54, 8:35)
Su: .75 Miles Warm Up Run, 3.1 Miles Race

Total Mileage: 17.85