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Category: Half Marathon Training

Weekly Workouts, April 1-7, 2013

Workouts this week:

Tuesday – 6 x 800 (90 sec RI)
Done.  I ran these on the treadmill at 7.5 which equals to an 8:00 mile.  I felt like this was more manageable for me.  I have struggled with 7.9 and 7.8 so I had to bring it down a notch.

Thursday – 2 miles easy, 3 miles @ short tempo, 1 mile easy
I went to Riviera Maya for five days for a friend’s wedding.  On Thursday morning I went to the gym to run 7 miles.  Ugh, for the first time EVER I was bored running on the treadmill.  Not even my music made it bearable.  Plus, it was a weird treadmill.  I set it for 5.8 which is the speed I use to warm up and it was S-L-O-W.  I was walking instead of running.  I kept increasing it and settled for 9.5 but still was not sure how fast it really was.  Seriously, it was boring and I couldn’t take it anymore so I just ran 3.6 miles.

Saturday – 9 miles at HMP, 10 minutes walking
Did not run.  I was planning to run outside by the pool, ocean, or anywhere I could find a running path. Anywhere EXCEPT the treadmill.  I went to bed late on Friday and woke up late on Saturday late that it was too hot to run outside.  Why didn’t I run on Sunday?  The wedding was on Saturday and I went to bed late too and woke up just in time to finish packing, eat breakfast, and wait for the shuttle bus to pick me up to take me to the airport.

Total miles ran this week is 9.6.

On Saturday I am off to North Carolina for state #16.  Yes, I am excited about it!

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Weekly Workouts, March 25-31, 2013

Workouts this week:

Tuesday – 1000, 2000, 1000, 1000 (400 RI)
Done.  Whew, these were challenging!  Felt good afterwards!

Thursday – 1 mile, 5 miles @ mid tempo, 1 mile easy
I had a massive headache after school so I went home and took a nap.  I slept for about 2 hours and then still felt groggy afterwards.  I did feel better but was in no mood to run so I woke up early on Friday and ran the 7 miles.  I am glad I waited till Friday to run.  Afterwards I went to get a massage. Whew, I cannot remember the last time I went to get a massage.  I know it’s been MONTHS.  I am going back on April 12th and then again in May.

Saturday – 8 miles at HMP, 10 minutes walking
Saturday was a rest day for me so I ran on Sunday.  This time I went to the lakefront.  It was so peaceful and beautiful and cannot remember the last time I ran along the lake.  I plan to run outside at least once a week for my long run.

Weekly Workouts, March 25-31, 2013

Weekly Workouts, March 25-31, 2013

 

Total miles ran this week is 21.14.

Weekly Workouts, March 18-24, 2013

Workouts this week:

Tuesday – 5 x 1200 (400 RI)
Done.  I did these on Monday because I had another meeting on Tuesday after school.  I did not know how long it would last so I decided to just run on Monday.  These workouts kicked my know you what.  I ran these at 7.8 speed which equals to  7.42 pace.  Yikes!!  I could hardly hold that pace and am in awe of those runners that find that a comfortable pace.  I look forward to that day when I can do that as well.

Thursday – 1 mile easy, 2 miles @ mid tempo, 1 mile easy, 2 miles @ mid tempo, 1 mile easy

Done.  Mid tempo speed is 7.1 which equals to 8.27 pace.  I will admit that I didn’t run the 2 miles without stopping.  I did stop.  Several times.

Saturday – 10 miles at HMP, 10 minutes walking
Ugh!  I did not succeed.  I ran 2.92 on Saturday and 4.05 on Sunday.  Usually I do look forward to my runs at the gym but yesterday I could not make myself go.  Today I woke up at 8am and did not get out to the gym till about 1pm.

Total miles ran this week is 19.77.

This week is a short work week due to Good Friday and then Spring Break the following week.  Yay!! On Friday I have an appointment for a massage and then for a haircut.  I have not had a haircut since December and need to cut off about 2-3 inches and get ideas for a hairstyle for the wedding the following week.  As for a massage, I don’t remember the last time I had one. I purchased a $109 Groupon for three 50 minute massages and have already made two appointments.  I LOVE massages! If I could afford them I would get one every two weeks.

Weekly Workouts, March 11-17, 2013

Workouts this week:

Tuesday – 5 x 1000 (400 RI)
Done.  I know I said the same thing about the 800s but I like these workouts too.  They are challenging but also manageable.  I alternated with speeds of 7.0, 7.1, and 7.2 on the treadmill.  I was tired and drenched by the time I was done.

Thursday – 2 mile easy, 3 miles @ short tempo, 1 mile easy
I did not run on Thursday.  I was tired and had no energy to run.  I don’t know if this is an excuse for me but two friends told me that they do not run a few days before a race so I decided instead to rest.  I am usually pretty good about doing my Thursday tempo run (I’ve missed maybe 3 since the beginning of they year) but now want to reconsider if it is really necessary to do the week of a race.

Saturday – Half Marathon
I ran 13.33 in Washington DC.  It was an OK race.  The course was BORING.  I mean DC is a beautiful city but we did not run through the memorials, monuments, and other sights that the city has to offer.  That was disappointing.  However, I was happy with my finish time of 2:22:43.  It was supposed to rain but fortunately not one drop fell during the race.  I will post a recap soon.

Total miles ran this week is 19.68.

Upcoming races are Run Raleigh on April 14 and Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon on April 27. But before those two races I will be in sunny Riviera Maya for a few days.  I am planning to take my running gear and hopefully can get away for a run or two.

Just Keep Running!

Weekly Workouts, March 4-10, 2013

Workouts this week:

Tuesday – 6 x 800 (90 sec RI)
Done.  I like these workouts A LOT.  I alternated with speeds of 7.0, 7.1, and 7.2 on the treadmill.  I was drenched by the time I was done.

Thursday – 2 mile easy, 3 miles @ short tempo, 1 mile easy
I did not run on Thursday.  I am part of our district’s negotiation team and we were working till about 10:30 pm so I went to sleep really late that night.  I had no energy to run on Thursday.

Saturday – 9 miles at HMP, 10 minutes walking

I did not run 9 miles but instead ran the miles from Thursday (6 miles).  I felt really good afterwards.  I alternated speeds of 6.5, 6.5, 6.7, and 6.8.  My goal is to eventually run all of them in 6.8.

Total miles ran this week is 11.8.  Yeah, low mileage last week.  I need to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

Just Keep Running!