Half Marathon Training: Week 3 Recap
Life is complicated, running is simple. Is it any wonder that people like to run? - Kevin Nelson
Third week of training is over! It was a great week of beautiful weather and absolutely nothing that I had to work around (thank goodness!). I'm feeling really strong, and I'm still feeling motivated to go out every day and work hard. I also had my first test of this training cycle- a 5K race! Keep reading to see how this week went!
(note, I'm not affiliated in ANY way with the Biggest Loser or with the Run/Walk. I just wanted to make it clear what I'm training for in a fun way!)
Here was my training plan for the week:
To remind you, I'm using Hal Higdon's half marathon intermediate plan as a base, but adjusting it to fit my schedule. I'm also helping Dan train for a 5K using the Couch to 5K plan.
Here's how my week went:
Monday3.85 miles / 34:00 / 8:56 pace
Beautiful, warm day with a crazy headwind. I ran half on road and the other half on trails in Schenley Park, which was absolutely packed! I felt great and took it nice and easy.
Tuesday2.77 miles / 28:00 / 10:06 pace
Run with Dan. A bit chillier out, but I was able to wear capri's so I can't complain!
We got to do a few of the new moves from the upcoming release, and it's tough! Lots of focus on the core and legs. I was shaking once we were done!
Wednesday5 miles / 42:00 / 8:21 pace
Speed workout at Schenley's track. I was feeling sick all day and almost skipped the speed workout, but ended up trying to run. I hit my splits of 1:43, 1:42, 1:40, 1:38, 1:42 and 1:35. I took a water break halfway through and tried out Salt Stick tabs that Jennifer recommended, and I think they helped settle my stomach a bit! My legs felt great the whole time, I just wish my stomach cooperated.
Thursday2.8 miles / 28:00 / 10:00 pace
Another easy run with Dan. It rained off and on the entire time, but it was a perfect 55 degrees, so I can't complain. I decided to skip Group Power so I wouldn't be sore for Saturday's race.
Great class! I didn't go 100% to save a bit of leg speed, but it was fun. For some reason the class was only half full (usually on Friday's it's packed)! I guess the rainy morning scared people away.
3.1 miles / 25:00 / 8:03 pace
Race day! It was perfect weather and I felt amazing. The race is on a very popular running path by the stadiums, so it was really hard to pass people. I wanted to go faster, but also wanted this to be a training race, so my goal was to run an 8:00 pace. My splits were 8:14, 7:49 and 8:03. Really great race and I'm confident about how my training is going!
|Thanks to Dan for taking amazing pictures!!|
SundayREST DAY!! Happy Easter/Passover/Holidays to everyone!
Total Mileage for Week: 18 miles / 8:56 pace
Check out my weekly training recaps so far:
Week 1 Training Recap
Week 2 Training Recap