Half Marathon Training: Week Eight

Now we are into the gut check weeks. I didn’t mention it last week but I got a head cold last week and the effects of it are still lingering a bit this week too. At first, I thought it was spring time allergies at but nope, that will hit in another week or two.

I’m getting a little faster every week. I really don’t look forward to my speed workouts on Wednesday and Thursdays but I’m happy to see them paying off. For some reason I felt a little apprehensive before the start of my long run on Saturday. I don’t know why really. Maybe it’s because I know from here on out until the half marathon in Nashville the miles are going to be very long. My pace on Saturday started out between 10:30 and 10:50 per mile until mile seven. Miles seven and eight have a lot of hills and my paced dropped to around 11:50 per mile. After mile eight my legs didn’t have much left and my pace slowed way down. In the end I finished with an 11:14 per mile average pace. My goal for the half marathon is to finish with an 11:30 per mile average pace so I’m right where I need to be with a little to spare.

My workouts for the week consisted of:

Monday: Ran 4.63 miles at 10:22 pace.
Tuesday: Rest day (but still did some walking).
Wednesday: 34 minute interval run. 16 minute fast run/2 minute walk/16 minute fast run on a treadmill.
Thursday: 30 minute interval run. 9 minute slow run/2 minute fast run followed by 2 minute of walking (x4)/9 minute slow run for a distance of 3.02 miles at 11:17 overall average pace.
Friday: Rest day (but still did some walking).
Saturday: Ran 9.51 miles at 11:14 average pace.
Sunday: Strength training and stretching.


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