Towpath Half Marathon Training #5
I have to say that this was a great week of training for me.
Early in the summer, I loved running in the heat. I've always been a fan of the summer and warm weather/humidity/sun never really bothered me. However, after months and hundred of miles of sweating and sweltering this year, I was just about sick and tired of summer. Where is the fall weather we're supposed to be getting? It's September, why is it still 90 degrees?!
This week, though, I decided to change my mindset. Pretty soon, it'll be chilly out and I'll miss these warm days. Days when I don't have to put on layer after layer, or worry about slipping on ice. I can just run and soak in the sun. It's amazing how changing your thoughts can really affect your mood and performance- every workout this week was amazing and I felt terrific and strong! Who knows- maybe next week the weather will cool down (we already got hints of it this weekend!), and maybe we'll continue this heat wave. I can't help what the weather will be, but I can change my mindset and be grateful that I get to run!
5 miles easy / 48:00 / 9:35 pace
I felt really, really good on this run. I went later in the morning when it was sunny and warm (this was actually the run where I had the moment of clarity and decided to stop complaining about hot runs). I took it really easy, and luckily my legs weren't sore at all, and I never got out of breath. Probably my best "easy run" ever!
5 miles hard / 47:42 / 9:32 pace
It's almost time for the new release, so I know all of the moves by now. That's both good and bad- I don't have to listen for instruction so I can get more out of the workout, but it's getting a bit boring. I'm excited for the new release!
7 miles interval / 1:01:00 / 8:42 pace
My original plan was to run with my 10 miler training group, but it got cancelled for an incoming storm. I went out anyway since I love running in the rain, and ended up having one of my best workouts ever.
The plan was to run 2x2 miles at "threshold pace", which I was planning for 8:30 paces. I started out my first set with an 8:11 mile followed by 8:02 and figured I went out too fast and my second set would be horrible. An amazing thing happened and I managed 8:02 and 7:55 for my second set without ever getting out of breath or feeling tired. WHAT!? I'm not sure how I managed that days after a 5k PR, but I felt incredible. Yay for running in the rain!
20 minute swim
Today I just wanted to take my swim slowly and easily, both because it was my first time (ever) swimming laps, and because I had a hard run the day before. I didn't keep track of how many laps I swam, but I switched between freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. I have to admit it was really tough and a great workout!
3 miles easy
I worked from home, so I got to go running at lunchtime. It was a beautiful day, so I ran 3 miles watch-free while listening to podcasts! Fantastic recovery run.
3 miles easy
More easy miles, this time with Dan. It was chilly and raining the entire time-perfect running weather! I was feeling a little bit sore for some reason, so I took it really easy and shortened my run from 5 miles to 3.
10 miles long / 1:37:00 / 9:41
I was hoping to run on the Northshore River Trail this morning (along with Chelsea, Lynne and Jeff) but our car is still in the shop, and I didn't feel comfortable driving my dad's car around town. Luckily, there are tons of trails nearby, and I got to run on the Southside River Trail. Believe it or not, this was my first time ever running on that part of the trail! It was absolutely gorgeous and filled with bikers, runners, walkers, and dogs. The run overall wasn't the best, but I was happy to have decent paces after my toughest training week yet!
A total of 33 miles, a new cross training activity, and an amazing speed workout? I'll take it! The race is less than a month away, and I feel like my training is going really well. Hoping that this keeps up and I can see my goal in my sights!
How is your training going?
What is the weather like where you are?