Glass City Half Marathon Training: Week Eight & Nine

I’m a little overdue on updates. Last weekend I just didn’t feel like blogging! But Saturday’s chilly, rainy day had me taking some down time with laundry & binge-watching Netflix shows. First I’ll quickly go back to week eight.

Monday: 5 miles on the trail with my big sis
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 1 mile w/u, 2 x 2 miles, 1 mile c/d, treadmill
Thursday: 3 mile recovery run with Archie
Friday: 4 miles easy
Saturday: 14 miles easy
Sunday: Rest
Total Miles: 31.72

Two Monday’s ago was my birthday and my sister was still in town so we headed out to the trail together for 5 miles. She left on Tuesday morning and I was really sad to see her go. I had a great time hanging out with her! Wednesday morning there was torrential rain so I headed to the gym for my speed work. 2 x 2 miles on the treadmill was torturous and during the second set I wanted to die. Thursday it was windy and snowy, but no snow on the ground. Archie & I powered through our 3 recovery miles together and he did great. Friday and Saturday’s runs were pretty uneventful.

Love running with this guy!
Love running with this guy!

Two Monday’s ago my sister & I went grocery shopping and she mentioned to the cashier that it was my birthday. He let me pick out some flowers which really made my day!

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Heading into March my training is intensifying a little bit more with longer weekday miles. I was able to run outside all week and I’m hoping that will be the trend moving forward.

Monday: 6 miles, moderate
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 1 mile w/u, 5 x 1 mile, 1 mile c/du
Thursday: 3 mile recovery with Archie
Friday: 5 miles, rare evening run
Saturday: 11 miles total, 8 miles easy, 2 fast, 1 c/d
Sunday: Core & stability work
Total Miles: 32.30

This week went pretty well and I was able to run outside all week. I felt good during Wednesday’s speed work, but it left me drained. Friday morning my alarm went off at it’s normal 4:30 am time and I got up to run. I went into the bathroom to change, but instead found myself staring at the wall for a solid 2 minutes. I realized I wasn’t awake and functioning like I normally am, so I went back to bed. When I got home from work Friday I walked the dogs and then decided to get my 5 miles in instead of having to do them on Sunday. I’m not a huge fan of evening running, but I was happy to get it out of the way.

On Saturday I met up with my friend Katie for our run. She had an early rehearsal so we met an hour earlier than our running group. She had 9 miles and I had 11 with a 3 mile fast finish. We went out 4.5 and then headed back. When we hit 8 miles I took off and had a solid first fast mile. I struggled to hit and hold pace during the second, so I decided to scrap the third and just run easy for my final mile. My legs were really tired and I just wasn’t feeling it. Maybe it was the Friday evening run, but it’s likely just 9 weeks of training under my belt starting to wear on me.

Things are looking up though. It should be in the mid-high 30s Monday morning and then no lower than 45 degrees in the morning the rest of the week. The extended forecast looks just as great and I think we’ve finally broken through to warmer weather. I’m ready for shorts! I’m hoping the warmer weather will help refuel my training. We had what’s likely our last snow this past week and it was really pretty. Snow on the grass, bushes, and trees, but not on the road or sidewalk. Just the way I like it!

Last snow of the season (I hope!)
Last snow of the season (I hope!)

I’m feeling a little better about my goal race. I’m still not sure if a PR is in the cards for me, but I am feeling like I can have a really strong race. I have a 10K in two weeks which both terrifies me and excites me. My friend Tim also officially registered for the half marathon. He is a super fast runner, but told me he’d stick with me the whole time.

That’s it for now!

4 thoughts on “Glass City Half Marathon Training: Week Eight & Nine

  1. What a gorgeous snowy picture!!!! How exciting that your friend is going to run with you. I love when I get to run with friends, it makes the race that much more special. You are crushing your training, and you are going to crush your marathon!

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  2. I’m tired just thinking about getting up at 4:30 for a run. I’ll stick with my afternoon runs for sure. Although I’ve heard that the warm winter we’ve been having might lead to a very hot and humid summer…so ask me again how I feel about those afternoon runs in July/August.

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