Glass City Half Marathon Training: Week Five

I’m really happy with how my training went this week. The weather started out warm which was pretty awesome. I had a work event this week so I moved around my schedule a bit and skipped my regular strength workout so I could have an extra rest day. I think this was a good plan especially given the rest of the workouts for the week.

Monday: 5 miles “moderate”
Tuesday: 4 miles easy
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 1 mile w/u, 6×800, 1 mile c/d
Friday: 3 mile recovery
Saturday: 12 miles – 8 easy, 3 tempo, 1 c/d
Sunday: Rest (Well, 3 one-mile dog walks since the weather was so beautiful!)
Total Miles:

Monday was supposed to be my regularly scheduled moderate pace run, but it was nice out and I ended up taking it too fast. I felt good though and kept on going because I knew I had two days before I was doing speed again rather than the usual one day. Tuesday morning it was around 40 when I went out – I love running in capris in February! Tuesday night was my work event so Wednesday I slept in which was definitely needed.

Thursday’s speed work went better than anticipated. When I told my sister I did 800s, her response was “barf barf barf.” It wasn’t that bad, though. She laughed when I told her I wanted to quit after 4, but of course with only 2 more I obviously decided to finish. It wasn’t until the last 800 that I was really feeling it, but that made the workout feel worth it. My goal pace was 7:25 and I ended up being a little fast, but my heart rate averaged in zone 4 so I think it was fine.

Archie served as a pretty great recovery run buddy
Archie served as a pretty great recovery run buddy

Friday morning Archie came with me for my recovery run! He did great and I think he had fun. It made the run feel a lot less like I was slogging along. He wanted to go faster at some points, too. We had to stop a few times for him to mark some spots, but overall he did really well. When we got home he was really excited and ran around like crazy, waking up my husband and our other dog Gus.

My long run on Saturday called for 3 miles at tempo pace. I did the first 8 with my training group, hit three at tempo pace, and then did the last mile easy. I was kind of dreading this run and as we got closer and closer to 8 miles I really wasn’t feeling it, but ultimately I pushed myself and hit my miles – 7:44/7:46/7:44.

Saturday's post-run brunch. So much avocado. So good.
Saturday’s post-run brunch. So much avocado. So good.

This week had me questioning myself and if I can actually hit a PR this spring. I have a lot of doubts about it. Hitting paces means nothing in the grand scheme of things because 800 meters and 3 miles are much different than 13.1. The paces I hit this week are interval and tempo paces so they’re faster than what I need to run to PR, but they’re also tough and what I imagine a PR pace will feel like by mile 10 of the half. Going into this training cycle I knew that raising my VO2 max was a must if I want to PR. Mentally, I possess the strength to push myself for 13.1 miles, but I’m not sure if physically I will be there by the end of April.  I’ve been trying to remind myself that I have 10 more weeks of training and a lot more work to put in before my week-long taper. For now, I’m proud of the work I put in this week and know that in the least I am doing what I need to do to work towards my goal. Unfortunately the weather is looking a bit iffy this week so I think I may be back in the gym for a few runs, but I’ll adjust as needed to get it done.

As I mentioned twice already, we had a work event Tuesday night. It ended up being really fun. It was a belated holiday hang out (we’re super busy in December) with one of our media vendors. In secret-Santa style, we all picked names out of a hat and those names had 3 favorite stores in the shopping area where our office is located. Then we were given an AmEx gift card and had an hour to shop. I got my secret Santa some Kate Spade earrings and a gift card to Sephora (which was more of an inside joke). My secret Santa got me a running tank from Athletica and three head bands from Lululemon – this was also partly an inside joke, but I was pretty happy with my gift! We exchanged gifts at dinner and enjoyed some drinks & great food.

New Lulu head bands
New Lulu head bands

Friday was my husband’s birthday, but since we both had early mornings on Saturday we decided to go out Saturday night instead. We headed downtown to a small dive bar type restaurant and enjoyed some delicious food. The Nationwide Headquarters had its lights on to spell out “GOOD LUCK PEYTON” since he’s their official spokesperson.


We aren’t super into football in our household so the Super Bowl is really a non-event for us. My husband is going to make some homemade baked chicken wings which he made last year (delicious!) and we’ll have some veggies & dip, hummus, and some nachos to go with it.

The post is pretty long, but one more thing I picked up last week that I love! I’m a big tea drinker and I especially love vanilla tea. I’ve been drinking the Celestial Seasons vanilla honey chamomile, but I found this Vanilla Rooibos tea last weekend and it’s delicious. I’ve been drinking it all week – I highly recommend it.

Try it!
Try it!

Have a great week!


8 thoughts on “Glass City Half Marathon Training: Week Five

  1. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    Holy crap – three 7:45 miles at the end of a 12 mile long run?!? That’s seriously impressive. It’s totally normal to doubt your goals, everyone does. I’m skeptical of my ability to hit my marathon time goal pretty much every week. But if we weren’t a little scared of our goals, then that would probably mean that our goals are too easy for us. You have to admit, if you were supremely confident about PRing and knew what time you were going to run, wouldn’t that kinda take all the fun out of all this? I think once you get a little deeper into your training and you start hitting paces more consistently, during longer/harder workouts, you will start to feel better. It’s harder to feel confident in the beginning weeks when the race and the hardest work is still far away and you’re still getting into a routine.

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  2. Heather Shoe

    While PRs are never guaranteed, I wouldn’t write this season off quite yet. With 10 weeks to go, you still have plenty of time to add to your fitness. Great job hitting your tempo pace at the end of your long run!

    Your work secret santa stuff sounds amazing. Kate Spade, Sephora, Athleta, and Lulu are my favorite places to shop!


    1. Thank you! I’m definitely not writing the season off, I’m just being realistic with myself and my expectations. I’m not sure my VO2 max will improve enough to allow me to hit that PR pace. I do have a 10K planned in March that will be a good time to see how things are coming along and will help me to see if a PR is actually realistic or not.


  3. I can totally relate to how you’re feeling right now. I’m aiming for a huge half PR on May 1st but I haven’t truly trained to race one in over two years and haven’t come close to my PR in that long… I just keep telling myself that so much can change in 2-3 months. I’m not sure I believe it yet, but I know exactly how you feel.


    1. Ah yeah, I’m right there with you. I don’t feel I’ve truly trained to race in so long since last year I was focused on staying healthy for the marathon. I just started following your blog so now I can keep up with your training! 2-3 months seems so long, but at the same time it seems so short!

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