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.
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?)
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.
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.
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.
It’s been a while since I have had a focused training goal. For the past year and a half I was fluctuating between distances and ran races from 100m to 5Ks to 10Ks, and even a 10000m race on the track, which was a totally different strategy. At times I would get healthy enough to think maybe – maybe – I had it in me to do another half marathon. All this led to uneven training and non-race/distance specific key runs. For example, my coach with one track group said that my intervals would be totally different depending on whether I’m racing the 100m or a 10K. Basically, I was all over the place. Now that I’m healthy (not gonna lie, it scares me to even say that, it’s been so long), I am squarely focused on training for a half marathon. So here’s the work I did this week.
Whew, it got real this week. I’ve been building and building my mileage, and not only did I hit a 30-mile week, but that long run…finally felt like a proper long run. Read on for the details.