Training Week: November 18 to November 24

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.

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Looking Backward, Looking Forward

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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Training Week: November 11 to November 17

7 and 8.

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.

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Race Recap: Santa Clarita Half Marathon

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.

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Training Week: October 7 to October 13

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.

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Training Week: September 30 to October 6

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?)

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