I'm having a ton of fun training for this race! I've decided that half-marathon training is ideal for my regular schedule (provided I wake up at 5 AM). I feel like I am pushing myself, but not overloading like marathon training. I don't feel like I am sacrificing a ton of my "regular" life to do this. NOW - I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that I have made a total switch of getting my runs done first thing in the morning whereas my Boston marathon training was all done in the evening.
Week 6 was a good training week. I got all five days in - yay! I woke up at all my alarms! I did a fairly good job of taking my recovery runs easier (aiming for 8:00 pace). I had a good long run of ten miles where my only goal was to negative split and I did it.
According to my plan, Friday and Sunday are supposed to be my off days - with long run on Saturday. I got off this track several weeks ago and the end result is that I have a lot of running days in a row - including both of my hard workouts. Week 7 will give me a chance to readjust so that I have more rest before and after my long runs.
Monday - off
Tuesday - 4.26 miles 33:34 (7:53 avg pace) + 8 strides
Wednesday - off
Thursday - 1.09 mi warm up 8:44 (7:59 avg pace)
[2 miles continuous with first mile goal of ten seconds over goal pace (7:10 for me) and 2nd mile 10 seconds under goal pace (6:50 for me). 2-3 min rest, repeat.]
1st switchblade: 13:53 (6:55 average pace) - 7:06 first mile, 6:44 second
2nd switchblade: 13:42 (6:50 average pace) - 7:02 first mile, 6:37 second
1.09 mi cool down 8:15 (7:34 avg pace)
Friday - 5 miles, 39:13 (7:50 avg pace)
Saturday - 10 miles
My goal for this was to negative split while running by feel. As typical, my first miles were slow as I settled in.
Here are my splits
Goal achieved. 1:12:04 (7:12 avg pace)
Sunday - 5 miles 38:31 (7:42 avg pace)
Week Total: 30.48 miles
<4 weeks until Race Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!