Half Marathon Training/Phase One: Week Eight

The week previous I had to do my long run on Sunday instead of Saturday because of thunderstorms. You have to be dedicated but also sometimes flexible with your training plans and the long run on Sunday did a number on my Monday run. It was a rainy morning so I hit the treadmill instead of the road and it didn’t take but a minute for me to realize my legs were not ready for a run. They felt like jello! I hoped things would get better after a few minutes but it didn’t. Twenty minute in, I decided to hang it up for the day. Also, later in the day my legs were sore. That doesn’t happen often and the soreness stayed around for a few days.

Wednesday and Thursday’s speed work on the treadmill was a little longer/harder and I didn’t mind it as much this week. And yes, I didn’t oversleep on Thursday and actually got my training in on the scheduled day! Chilly weather returned by Saturday’s long run. I didn’t get out until around 11 in the morning so it wasn’t too bad. Low to mid-fifties outside but it was windy! It felt pretty good when you were in the sunlight and no wind blowing but in the shade and/or windy and you sure could tell the difference. Dreaded getting out there but once I got going I really enjoyed it. I just concentrated on my foot cadence and let the wind and terrain dictate my stride. Kept things slow with controlled breathing all the way. My heart rate averaged 133 BPM. On flat terrain that might be a little high but I don’t have much flat terrain.

My weekly mileage was down slightly since my run was cut short on Monday. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the progress made this week.

Here’s the breakdown for the week:

Monday: Ran 20 minutes on the treadmill.
Wednesday: 14 minute race pace/2 minute walk/14 minute race pace.
Thursday: 9 minute run/1.5 minute fast + 2 minute walk (x4)/9 minute run.
Sunday: Ran 8.18 miles at a 12.32 pace.

Approximately 16 miles for the week.

 

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