Welcome to week three of my Shamrock Half Marathon Training Recap. Each week, I’ll share how my training went and what the week looked like. I’m doing this because: 1) I love reading about how other folks train and 2) it’s great for me to have a record of what I did each week. Also, honestly, it helps keep me accountable when I know I’ll be writing about it. I also post almost all of my runs on Instagram as well. I wrote about my training plan here, if you want to check that out.
Monday: 4.2 easy miles with Rachael again. It was chilly, but not terrible after the sun came up. 11:13 average pace. Really challenging Pure Barre class in the evening.
Tuesday: Track Day! It was really, really really cold in the morning, so Caitlin and I didn’t meet up to go to the track. That meant I had to go later on by myself. Boo, but it was a necessary evil. The schedule called for 8x600s at a 3:10 pace. I ran a mile to the track and then got started. My 600 paces were: 3:30 (um, I was still warming up?), 3:10, 3:09, 3:07, 3:08, 3:09, 3:12, 3:07. Like track work always is, this was a hard workout but I’m really happy that 6 of my 8 repeats were right on pace and I ended strong. 6.25 total miles.
Wednesday: rest day, Pure Barre class
Thursday: Tempo run day! I ran a 1 mile warm up, then three tempo miles (9:06, 8:54, 8:40), and then cooled down with 1.5 miles back home. This was really hard (the tempo miles, I mean) and I felt pretty great about the run. 5.5 total miles.
Friday: This was supposed to be an easy run (in the mid 10:xx range). Instead, I ran with Argonaut Running Club, was the only gal to run the four mile loop so ran a 9:35 average pace while chatting with the boys. It was super fun, but I can not ignore my easy runs like that. My legs were (even more) sore the next day. 4 total miles.
Saturday: Long run day! I ran the Al Lewis Ten Miler put on by DC Road Runners. Last year, this run was awful – the trail was covered in snow and ice and I jacked my ankle up running (really, walking briskly). This year, it was humid and gross (but chilly – boo) but way better than last year so I didn’t complain. The course was a bit long (I ran 10.33 miles according to my watch) but that’s all good. I negative split the race and finished the 10.33 miles in 1:40 and change (a 9:41 average pace). Good times!
Sunday: I had a super busy day so ran my 5 “easy” early morning miles with my buddy Christina. My legs were sore for the entire run, but we held a nice solid 10:30 pace. Funny, how these easy runs NEVER feel easy! 5 total miles.
Total mileage for the week: 35.29 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle: 99.07 miles
How was your training (and weather) this past week?