Half Marathon Training: Week 4 Recap
Happy Sunday everyone! It was another great week of training for me. I started to feel a bit of the effects of training hard and had some soreness, but other than that I have no complains for my 4th week of training! I tried out a new workout class this week, as well as ran my second race! Read on to see what I did this week.
(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.
Monday3.5 miles / 31:00 / 8:45 pace
Nice, easy run with Dan. This is our last week of C25K workouts, and I'm going to miss running with him!! I hope he'll continue after the race is over.
The stretches today felt amazing! I needed some yoga in my life today. I might try out a true yoga class as training increases, because I need those stretches.
WednesdayRowland Tempo Run
5 minute warmup @ 6.0
3 sets of:
3 minutes slower than tempo @ 6.6
3 minutes at tempo @ 6.8
3 minutes faster than tempo @ 7.0
2 minute rest @ 6.0
5 minute cooldown @ 6.0
5 miles / 42:00 / 8:24 pace
I loved this workout! I felt really great and strong the entire time. For the last set, I picked up my pace and ended up at 7.5, and added an extra minute to hit 5 miles. Highly recommend trying this out!
One of my monthly goals was to attend a new gym class, so I can cross that off the list! This was a really fun class- we did cardio/step aerobics, dumbbell strength, balance and core work. The hour flew by, and I think I'll add this class to my routine! The gym was closed for Passover, so I couldn't make it to my regular Power class or to Spin class on Friday.
Thursday1 mile / 8:24 / 8:24 pace
This was supposed to be a 2 mile shakeout run, but we got rained out. I don't mind running in rain, but it was also thunder and lightning, so we decided to call it at a mile.
Friday2 miles / 20:00 / 10:00 pace
Finished off our shakeout run with a nice, easy run with some stride-outs thrown in. It was so beautiful out!
Saturday5k Race / 30:00 / 9:40 pace
|Go Dan Go!!|
Dan did an excellent job! Our paces were right on target: 10:00, 9:45, 9:30 and he sprinted in the end (to beat me!). It was a bit chilly and windy the whole race but we couldn't have asked for better race weather.
10k Race / 54:30 / 8:38 pace
|Dan jumped in the race at mile 5 for some last minute encouragement!|
10 minute break between races to drink some water and have a honey stinger. I felt really good the entire race and tried not to focus on pace since North Park is full of rolling hills. I took a salt tab at the halfway point in the race, and I could definitely tell it helped me out a ton (or it's a placebo. Whatever, I'll take it!). My legs felt great the whole time, but I got some stomach cramps around 5 miles. Splits were 8:34, 8:39, 8:56, 8:41, 8:34, 8:25. Yay for negative split!
|Finishing the 10k- thanks to my mom for coming and taking pictures!|
Sunday3.25 miles / 29:00 / 8:58 pace
Easy run to shake out my legs from the race. It was really beautiful out! My legs felt a bit heavy and sore at the beginning but were better by the end. I decided to stop by Starbucks afterwards for a Cool Lime refresher...so good!
Total Mileage for Week: 24 miles / 8:45 pace
Overall, this was a fantastic week! I had my highest mileage yet, and felt terrific during my tempo run and race. I feel really strong and I'm ready to keep training hard!
Check out my weekly training recaps so far:
Week 1 Training Recap
Week 2 Training Recap
Week 3 Training Recap