Sunday, May 17, 2015

Half Marathon Training : Week 9 Recap

Today's motivation via The Chi-Athlete


Monday : 4 miles / 38:45 / 9:38 pace
Ran through the Frick Park trails.  I decided to run in the afternoon while it was hot out to better acclimate to summer running.  When I went it was about 80 degrees and humid.  The trails kept me nice and cool and it was a great run!  I sweat like a beast but I missed trail running.  I'll be doing a post on trail running tips next week, so keep an eye out for that!

Tuesday : Group Centergy
Another great class.  I tried to really focus and get the most out of class, since we're nearing the end of this release and I know it really well.  I don't even have to think about the poses or routine, so I tried to get deeper in to stretches and it felt amazing!

Wednesday : Hump Day Hills with True Runner Run Club
For today's workout, a huge group did repeats up Shady Ave in Shadyside.  For each repeat, we were given a bracelet that was worth $5 in True Runner bucks.  Great incentive to keep running, right?  We jogged a mile there and a mile back, so the total run was about 4 miles (I kept my watch off).  It was a great workout!

Thursday : 3.1 miles / 28:30 / 9:11 pace
Nice, slow run on the trails in Schenley.  I felt great and had to keep holding back my pace, so I was shocked that I ran it so quickly (for me).  The weather was perfect for me- upper 60s and sunny.

Group Power
Eased up on my weights so I wouldn't be too sore for Saturday, and walked around the indoor track during the leg track.  Felt good and strong!

Friday : Foam Roll and light yoga
Didn't want to do anything the day before the race, so I just took it easy and rolled out my sore muscles.  I tried a yoga for runners youtube video and the stretches felt AMAZING! 

Saturday : 5 miles / 43:45 / 8:45 pace
Team Alex 5 miler.  I started out way too fast, and let the humidity and heat mess with my mind.  My splits were 8:19, 8:39, 8:36, 8:36, 9:20 (ouch)Good practice for what NOT to do in my half marathon! Ran about a mile warmup and cooldown.

Sunday : 2 hours ice skating
Went to an ice rink with Dan and skated for two hours.  Had a lot of fun and I guess it counts as cross training?

Total Miles : 18 miles

Not my best week, and now I know that I have a lot of work to do before my race!  Only 3 weeks to go!

Check out my previous training recaps:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5 
Week 6 
Week 7 and 8

6 comments:

  1. Humidity is a total game changer! I think you still had a great race. And yes, ice skating is definitely good cross training AND a lot more pleasant than running in the heat and humidity!

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    1. Thanks so much! I can use all the encouragement right now so I appreciate the comment :) I'll try to stay positive!

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  2. That is still a great time for that race. The humidity can always be a game changer especially since it is so early in the season. Keep up those good runs

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    1. Thanks Shaun! You're making me feel a lot better :) I'll just have to work harder this week and stay positive! Thanks for the comment :)

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  3. Don't let that race get to you! It was hard to breathe in that humidity, let alone run a race in it! It sounds like it was good practice for your goal race from a pacing strategy & also just to get acclimated to hot weather running. That True Runner run sounds like fun! Makes me want to join in some week.

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    1. You should!! You can run with dan and me :) its a lot of fun! And thanks for the support! You're the best :)

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