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Another month!  I ran 76.83 miles in April.  In April we had a variety of weather conditions – cold, warm, rainy, and snow.  So crazy!  So far April has been my highest mileage this year.

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I am back to running 5 days a week.  Well, not 💯 percent yet.  I had 5 runs scheduled for this week.  Would you believe that I skipped Wednesday’s run because of the rain.  Ugh!  It was pouring in the morning.  I didn’t plan properly since I could have gone to the gym. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 🤦🏻‍♀️

I did 4 runs and 2 of them were awesome.  The first one was on Thursday.  I was up at 4:15 to get this done because I knew it was a longer run.  I had to do 1.5 mile warmup, and 2 sets of 5×2 minutes, and 1 mile cool down.  The first set had 90 seconds recovery and the second set had 60 seconds recovery.  It wasn’t cold but it was very foggy.  Each interval had to be done at a 10:01 pace.  Did great but I definitely felt tired during the second set of intervals.  I needed more than one minute to recover.


On Saturday I went to The Morton Arboretum to run 7 miles.  It was my second time there (first time was last year on a field trip with my students) but first time for running.  It is hilly but a gorgeous place to run.  My plan was to run 7 miles and not worry about pace.  I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect so I just wanted to run by feel.  It was tough.  I walked.  I did feel tired but did really good even with the hills.  My plan is to go there every Saturday for my long run.



I am planning the rest of my half marathons.  I want to be done in June 2020.  Below is what I still need to do.  

* Montana-Missoula Half Marathon, July 2019
* Wyoming-Center of the Nation (Mainly Marathons), August 2019
* South Dakota-Center of the Nation (Mainly Marathons), August 2019
* North Dakota-Center of the Nation (Mainly Marathons), August 2019
* Michigan-Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Half Marathon, October 2019
* South Carolina-Kiawah Island Golf Resort Half Marathon, December 2019
* Georgia-Publix Atlanta Half Marathon-March 2020
* Kansas-Garmin Half Marathon, April 2020
* Idaho-Famous Idaho Potato Half Marathon, May 2020
* New Mexico-Run for the Zoo Half Marathon, May 2020 or Armed Forces Half Marathon,  May 2020, or Santa Fe Thunder, September 2019
* Hawaii-Kona Half Marathon, June 2020

Notice the 3 in a row in August?  I got the idea from another runner.  She is also running a race in each state.  She asked me which states I still had to do and then proceeded to tell me that I could run in WY, SD, and ND through Mainly Marathons.  I checked it out and am in the process of planning logistics for those three races.  Anyone wants to join me?

Linking up with Kim and Deborah for the Weekly Run Down.

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23 Comments on Weekly Run Down: May is here and half marathon planning

  1. great interval run!!! you nailed the pace!! I have definitely not gone on a run because it was bucketing down outside – call me a wimp but too much rain and it’s a no go for me.

    interesting plan for finishing up your states! I’m afraid I’m not going to make those 3 in August next year with you though! How about Hawaii though? I’d be down for that!

  2. Now, that’s some serious planning! The Detroit marathon (or half) is another on my bucket list…definitely will NOT be happening in 2019, though LOL Thanks for linking with us on the WRD 😉

  3. Awesome job on your runs this week, especially your long run on Saturday. That’s great that you found a new place to run that you really like, and it’s so pretty!

    Nice job planning out the rest of your half marathons through 2020! I might join you for races in Atlanta and Kansas, and Michigan is about 50/50 at this point.

    • Thanks! Whenever I have a bad run, I need to remember my good ones (like Saturday’s).

      Yay for Atlanta and Kansas! It will be great to see you again and hang out.

  4. Wow! You have a lot of half marathons in your plans. Way to go! Ok, you have inspried me to look for some more halfs to run. The half used to be my favorite distance, but I haven’t run any lately. Time to get some more on the race calendar.

  5. That’s super ambitious! Since I can’t seem to run far at all any more, I’ll have to live through you!

  6. Running in an arboretum must have been so beautiful! You have so many great half marathons planned. Such running fun!

  7. Great job this week! And that’s an impressive line up of races you have planned. I had a similar problem with the rain this week. I kept waiting for it to stop raining Sunday because the forecast said it would. But I wanted too long and wasn’t able to get the run in. If I had known earlier that it would rain all day, I would have just gone to the gym.

  8. Love your Half planning — sounds like a great way to check off the three.
    Morton Arboretum looks gorgeous!

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