Sunday, July 17, 2016

Seawheeze Half Marathon Training : Week 6

Hi everyone!  What a busy week this was for me.  Does anyone else seem to have nothing going on for a while, then get TONS of plans all at once?  This was definitely a "tons of plans" type of week!  

I was lucky to get most of my workouts in, and my hamstring is finally feeling better!  I think a combination of lower mileage, slower miles and lots of recovery work helped out, and I'm hoping for no more issues during training!  Let's take a look back and see how the week was:



Monday

2 miles
I wanted to go out for a short run just to see how my hamstring was feeling, and to loosen up a bit.  It was still sore, but going super slow on my run seemed to help!

Tuesday

Lunchtime Yoga
I went to my favorite yoga class this week!  It was another amazing class.  The stretches felt so good, and some of the moves really pushed me.  As usual, this is the most perfect way to spend my lunch break!

Wednesday

3 miles
I went for three more slow miles, and had some more soreness in my hamstring.  At night, I've been heating with a heating pad and doing some stretches and rolling, which seems to be helping.  Keeping the pace nice and slow!


Thursday

3 miles
This was the first run in nearly a week with no pain!  I still kept it slow, but finally didn't feel any pain at all in my leg.  I was going to keep going and try to get in 5 miles, but my legs started to feel a bit sore so I ended up stopping at three.


Friday

REST DAY!


Saturday

5 miles
Saturday was a really busy day, so I woke up nice and early to get in a run!  It was really nice out, and I felt so great on this run.  I stayed in my neighborhood and got some hills in, which was definitely challenging!  When I run before work, I typically run on a treadmill or around downtown which is relatively flat.  My body definitely forgot how to run steep hills!

After my run, Dan and I went to an anniversary party at his work.  It was great to see where he works (it was my first time seeing it) and there was a ton of delicious food.  Afterwards, we stopped at the Picklesburg festival on the Rachel Carson bridge!  This is the second year of the festival, and it was packed.  We only stayed for about an hour but it was a gorgeous day for it!

Later in the evening, we drove up to Harmony (where I set my half marathon PR!) to celebrate with my sister and her husband.  They just bought their first house, so my family went out for dinner!  We ate at the Harmony Inn, which was delicious.  They had so many types of beer to try, so I had to get the sampler!


Sunday

9 miles / 1:28:24 / 9:49 pace
This was my longest training run so far in this cycle, and I felt surprisingly good!  I started out later than usual (almost 10:00) so it was already warm out.  I brought along my handheld water bottle and had some salt tabs along the way as well.  I was really starting to feel tired and sore around mile 7, when I happened upon a race in progress on the North Shore!  That gave me a second wind, and I spent the next mile and a half trying to keep up with the 9:00 group.  They came along at the perfect time!

After my run, I stopped by my parents' house.  They've been renovating their entire house for the past few years, and are on the final room- the dining room!  Dan and I have been helping out, and on Sunday we finished the floor.  I can't wait to see how the room will look once it's cleaned up and has all of the switches and baseboards up

linking up with Holly and Trisha


19 comments:

  1. I am glad you were able to run without pain! It must have been a relief! I failed at doing my long run this weekend but I think I will use this post as motivation to get my butt in gear this week. I love the Picklesburg Festival, it is so very Pittsburgh!

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    1. You can do it Gabby! Good luck getting used to your new schedule and getting in your workouts!

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  2. Hey - you're coming to my town! I'm running the Seawheeze for the first time this year. I've heard it's amazing, and I'm sure you'll love it! Have you been to Vancouver before?

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    1. So cool! I've never been to Vancouver before and I'm so excited!

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  3. Another awesome week of training. Glad the pain has subsided. I am fascinated by the pickle festival!! That looks AWESOME!

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  4. Ahhh you're making me miss my lunchtime yoga classes at AOL! Glad your hamstring is feeling better. I do wish I was running Seawheeze..

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  5. Glad that you're leg is feeling better! I went to the pickle festival last year and it was so packed that I couldn't bear to go this year. We couldn't even walk across the bridge more than an inch at a time because it was so crowded. Not sure if this year was different? Nice that you latched onto a race in progress to help with your long run!

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    1. It was SO crowded! Maybe even more than last year when I went!

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  6. Well THAT is great that you could finish up your run with a race! How perfect is that?!? Glad your hammy is settling down for you. PHEW.

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    1. It was so lucky! Fun way to finish a run :)

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  7. So glad to hear your hamstring is feeling better! And what great timing on accidentally running into a race. That must have been quite to boost to the end of long, hot run.

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    1. It was definitely lucky! That helped me push through the last few miles :)

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  8. oh, how cool that you can do a yoga class at lunch time. and yay for your hamstring not hurting, hope the rest of your training goes smoothly. how fun that you caught a race at the end of your run, that would have been motivating for sure.

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    1. Thanks Kristen! I'm hoping the rest is smooth sailing as well :)

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  9. Ha! I love the pickle balloon. It's good to hear you had improvement with your hamstring this week. It sounds as if you had a great 9 mile run. How cool to stumble upon a race and use it for motivation. Thanks for linking, Gretchen.

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  10. It sounds like you took the right steps towards recovery, glad to hear that your hamstring is feeling better! Awesome job on that long run too!

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