Monday, October 31, 2016

Week 9 Half Marathon Training Recap + End of October!

Wow, the end of another month and another week of half-marathon training!  I only did 4 workouts last week, mostly because I was tired.  I had a decent long run Saturday.  I just found out while reviewing my mileage that I set my Garmin 10K PR during it (which shows you how often I run 10Ks!).

Monday: 4.01 mi, 31:20 (7:48 avg pace) + 8 strides (0.06 mi in length) Pace for strides 5:14-4:45

Tuesday: 5.23 mi, 40:33 (7:45 avg pace)

Wednesday:  Off (should have been 7 miles continuous - 1 mi @ 7:00, 5 miles @ 7:20, 1 mi @ 7:00)

Thursday: Off

Friday: 5.25 mi, 39.41 (7:34 avg pace)

Saturday: It was in the upper 60s weather wise so I pushed back my long run to the afternoon so I could soak it up.  I had 8 miles on the plan today and instead of my usual negative split long run, I decided to do 1 mile warm up and then do the 7 mile workout I missed Wednesday.  I ran it too fast.  My second mile was 20 seconds faster than it should have been.  Miles 3-7 should have been around 7:20 and they were 6:42-7:02.  It was hard.  I didn't always "master the discomfort".

8 miles, 55:01 (6:53 avg pace)

7:17
6:40
7:02
7:01
6:48
6:42
6:45
6:45

After that run, Garmin has my 10K PR at 42:22.  The Wednesday workout that I missed was called The Reality Check - "if you cannot complete this workout as written, consider adjusting your race goal".  I think 7:00 avg pace for the half is a realistic goal based on my Saturday workout.  Sub 7:00 pace?  We will see.  I would love it.  It is my hairy scary goal but my mental game will have to be 100% on point.

Sunday:  Off.  I was going to do an easy 5 but we all slept in on Sunday and I didn't have time to get it in before church.  Then, I tackled freezer meals all afternoon and cleaning so that by the time my kids were in bed, I was pooped.  I went to bed at 8:02.

Week 9 Mileage: 22.49

This morning, I was up early and out for my run.  I found it funny that on Saturday I was hot in a tank and shorts during my run and this morning I was in capris, a short sleeve, a long sleeve, a jacket, hat and gloves.    October miles are logged.

{Drumroll}

October 2016 Total: 129.08 miles!!!!!!!!!!!
This month mileage was 79.8% higher than last October.  To date, my mileage is up 195.81 miles from last year at this point.  In fact, I am 9.45 miles from hitting my 2015 mileage total!

Happy Halloween!

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