Do not try this at home. I broke one of the major rules of training for a race and jacked up my miles too much. An ideal training cycle would have me increasing my weekly mileage at a reasonable pace — no more than 10% a week. But my pedestrian math calculations made me realize I have six weeks to get into shape for the Surf City Half Marathon. Not a big deal if I had been maintaining some running fitness, but I had basically taken three out of the last four weeks off from running. Basically, I am panicking. Ha. Anyway, here’s how the week went.
First week back from vacation, and I came back with stale legs and a little baguette pooch. Part of me couldn’t wait to get back to training, and the other dreaded. Here’s how it went.
Week 3 post-Santa Clarita Half Marathon, and Week 3 of No Plan. It went from 0 miles and 0 workouts (Week 1) to some 3-milers (Week 2) and then 25 miles last week (Week 3). I got worried about losing running fitness and endurance since I’ll be traveling for 11 days later this week. Here’s how my week back to full-time training went.
Santa Clarita was my last race of the year, so with the natural reverse taper and the end of the year at hand, it seems a good time to set out the game plan for 2020. Here’s the very fluid plan for the closing weeks of 2019, my tentative race schedule for 2020, and my goals for next year.
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How many complete rest days I took — not even yoga! — and how many running days I took off. Trainer prescribed, and I didn’t argue too much ‘cuz I needed the mental and physical break. But listen, by Sunday night I had had it! I bargained with Trainer to be able to do short runs. He relented (awww). Here’s how the week went.
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.
Never mind what I said about last week. This week was the hardest running week of the cycle. I survived. Barely.