Half Marathon Training/Phase One: Week Six

Week six went much better. I got four runs in and physically feeling good again. Still running slower than crap but I’m starting to see some improvement there too.

Monday morning’s 4:30 a.m. was chilly! It was just below the freezing mark when I started and it dropped another degree by the time I finished. By Wednesday things really warmed up but it didn’t really matter since both Wednesday and Thursday’s runs are on a treadmill so I can work on my speed. I forgot to set my alarm on Thursday so I had to make it up on Friday. Saturday was my long run day and I got in 6.2 miles. It was in low fifties temperature wise and I debated on wearing gloves. I didn’t but it didn’t take long for me to wish I had. This is the first run were I’ve hit six miles since December 3rd. It probably would have been a little longer than 6.2 miles but I had to cut off a section of my route so I could find a covered area to go poop! Is that TMI? Probably but if you’re a runner I’m sure you’ve been there, done that. Let me add that I didn’t have TP so I’m glad I had a lot of tall thick grass all around me. HAHA!

Here’s the breakdown for the week:

Monday: Ran 3.4 miles at a 11:55 pace.
Wednesday: 12 minute race pace/2 minute walk/12 minute race pace.
Friday: 5 minute run/1 minute fast + 2 minute walk (x6)/5 minute run.
Saturday: Ran 6.23 miles at a 12:59 pace.

Approximately 15 miles for the week.

I said I’m running slower than crap right? So what is race pace for me right now? Probably slower than 11:30 per mile but that’s what I’m sticking with for now. If you’ve read my blog for a while you probably know I’m more concerned about staying injury free over running fast. I’m sixty years old now and while there are runners my age quite a bit faster I’m OK with it. There will always be someone faster. I’m still out there doing it injury free.

Also, I lost at least a pound this week!

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