Half Marathon Training : Week 7 and 8 Recap
Hi everyone! I hope you're all having a great weekend. Since I was traveling last week, I didn't really recap my training. Today will be a double recap of week 7 and 8 (although week 7 isn't very exciting!) In Europe, we spent a lot of time walking and hiking and ended up doing over 15 miles a day! I didn't want to push myself too much, so I took it easy with running to avoid injury.
Week 7Wednesday - 3.5 miles / 32:50 / 9:22 pace
Ran around Kungsparken in Malmo. There were so many parks near our hotel and they were all perfect for running! I was hoping to run a second time in Sweden, but we had early trains to catch.
Saturday - 3.16 miles / 25:27 / 8:03 pace
My first Park Run! We ran three laps around Faelledparken, and my splits were 9:06, 8:09 and 8:00. My legs felt great and fresh, and I ended up getting 4th place for women!
Week 8Monday - Rest day!
I started feeling sick on the plane ride home, so I just took it easy and went on a nice, long walk with Selma. I missed her so much! Also tried out the SeaWheeze 2013 yoga practice (thanks to a suggestion from Michelle)
Tuesday - 3.75 miles / 33:05 / 8:49 pace
I still felt a little sick, but most of it cleared up. I wanted to take it easy and not push too much, so I ended up doing less than my scheduled 4.5 miles. (I actually made that mile up on Wednesday! Dan wanted to get a run in, so how could I say no? We took it nice and easy and it felt great).
I missed this class while I was away! It felt great to stretch and do some yoga. Our instructor is pregnant, and I'm loving the sub we have. She gives a lot of feedback and tips for getting the most out of the positions, and it really helped!
Wednesday - 4.35 miles / 40:00 / 9:11 pace
Early morning tempo run! It felt great to get in my run before work again. The weather was perfect for me- slightly humid and in the 60's. I ran 10:00 warmup, 10:00 @ 9:00 pace, 5:00 @ 8:30 pace, 5:00 @ 8:00 pace, 10:00 cool down. Felt good towards the end!
Thursday - 3 miles / 28:27 / 9:27 pace
Great, easy run in the morning. The weather was perfect, and I listened to an older episode of Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me (my favorite podcast!). Legs felt amazing the entire time!
Wow...this class was tough. I missed a few weeks and I could tell! My arms were shaking by the end, and my legs felt sore the rest of the week. I need to get back into strength training!
Friday - 1.5 miles / 14:38 / 9:45 pace
Dan wanted to run again, so we went for an evening run. We also took Selma to the park for a longer walk with her, so it was a great rest/cross training day!
Saturday - 5 miles / 48:10 / 9:34 pace
Dan and I joined the True Runner Run Club (any local people - if you do 10 runs with Run Club, you get a $20 True Runner gift card!) It was a lot of fun and we did 2 miles with the group, then I ran home.
Sunday - 10 miles / 1:45:00 / 10:30 pace
My first "hot" run and longest of my cycle so far. I ran fine the first lap around North Park (~9:00) pace, then alternated between running and walking because the heat was getting to me. I didn't want to push it and end up passing out, so I just used this as an easy run. It was a beautiful day out, just HOT!!
Total for week: 29 miles / 1 strength session / 1 yoga session
This was my highest mileage week of my training cycle so far. It came just as summer temperatures arrived (hello, 90 degree days!) I'm glad I'm able to train in hot weather in case race day is warm. It was a rough week getting back into my schedule after traveling, but I'm glad I got all of my workouts in! Only a few weeks to go :)
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