Last Sunday I ran my first half marathon in almost two years. From someone who ran almost exclusively half and full marathons for seven years, I had turned my focus towards the 5K and 10K distances. I for sure needed the mental and physical break from the grind of marathon training and my focus on BQing, but I also wanted to see what I could do at the shorter distances. It was super fun to establish new PRs (one was from over 20 years ago!) at those distances; however, by mid-2018 I was ready and hoping to run another half… only to be prevented by that lingering foot injury suffered in Spring 2018. But finally! The day had come, and I was ready to toe the line. Listen, I had forgotten how long racing 13.1 miles was. Whew, that was far.
I freaking loved it.
Read on for a summary of my training cycle and the race recap.
Continue reading “Race Recap: Santa Clarita Half Marathon”
Never mind what I said about last week. This week was the hardest running week of the cycle. I survived. Barely.
Continue reading “Training Week: October 14 to October 21”
I have one more piece of business to take care of before I put a bow on my running year — the Santa Clarita Half Marathon. This will be my hardest training week of the cycle and includes two double-digit runs, a track workout and two other training sessions. Here’s how that went.
Continue reading “Training Week: October 7 to October 13”
And we’re back to our regularly-scheduled training. After taking a week off to heal the callus, it is now at 80%. Of course, I then had to deal with this wonky ankle…also 80%. I’ll take it! Read on for how my comeback week went. (Does five days off qualify as enough time off to call it a comeback? A bit dramatic perhaps?)
Continue reading “Training Week: September 30 to October 6”
Debated whether to even do a post about this week. Pretty much of a wash, and I just wanted to put it behind me. I couldn’t run until the end of the week, and then when I did…yikes. Five weeks until my first half marathon in almost two years. Very very not ideal. Read below for the details.
Continue reading “Training Week: September 23 to September 29”
Had a fun group 10K scheduled for the week. Be The Light Night Run/Walk is for a great cause, and it was supposed to be a “let’s see where we’re at fitness-wise” test as part of my training plan for my half marathon in November. Since it’s in the middle of a training cycle, I didn’t do a complete taper, but I did lighten things up a bit and tried to do more fast-twitch stuff. Anyway, the race turned out to be more difficult than expected on the one-hand…and also one of the best races on the other. Read on for the details.
Continue reading “Training Week: Sept 16 to Sept 22 and Be The Light Race Report”
Your girl is tired. That is the theme of the week. Full training week of five training runs: base pace on flats, base pace on rolling hills, short tempo run, long run, and a recovery run. Plus three training sessions with my coach. I am close to topping out in mileage as I won’t go past 35 miles — not at this age! I can’t believe I ever did 48 when marathon training. Sheesh. Read on for the highlights.
Continue reading “Training Week: September 9 to September 15”