Welcome to week seven 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 thoughts on my training plan after one month here, if you want to check that out.
Monday: I ran 3.09 easy miles to Pure Barre, took class and then ran 1.33 easy miles home for a total of 4.42 easy miles.
Tuesday: Track Day! I was back on the track this week. Remember, my Tuesday workout has shifted over to longer repeats and this week I had 6×1 mile repeats on tap. I was terrified. I decided to take this to the track even though it was a LOT of laps . My goal was to do each mile repeat at 8:59 pace. My splits were: 8:59 / 9:01 / 8:52 / 8:59 / 8:49 / 8:44. This was a crazy hard workout but I felt strong. With warm up, recovery and cool down, I ran 9.17 miles. I took an evening Pilates class (more about that next week) and it was the perfect thing to stretch me out!
Wednesday: Rest day
Thursday: Tempo Day! My trail was clear again and I had an excellent tempo run. One mile warm up, five tempo miles (9:02 / 8:50 / 9:01 / 9:05 / 9:01) and one and a quarter cool down miles for 7.25 total. I felt really good after this run! Good enough that I went to Pure Barre that night!
Friday: Four easy miles – my knee had been bothering me here and there for about a week and it was very tender on this run. Spoiler alert: sadly, it didn’t get better.
Saturday: I was in NC for a friend’s baby shower and managed to convince my friends Caitlin and Rose to run 12 miles with me. It helped that they’d just signed up for a half marathon next month. We had a great (cold) run and I was so lucky to have such excellent company! My knee just hurt a tiny bit during this run but after? It was on fire!
Sunday: I drove the 4 hours back from NC and attempted a shot at a easy four miles. That did not happen. My knee was hurting so much that I could barely walk without a noticeable effect in my gait, nonetheless run. So, I walked two miles with Caitlin (not the NC one, my DC Caitlin) and decided to make an appointment with my PT. I suspect that wearing my old schools is a big part of the problem. I have purchased one new set of shoes and will be buying another new set this week. I’m also hoping that after a bit of rest, my knee will clear up – I’m sure sitting for four hours in a car wasn’t helpful. I’ll keep y’all posted!
Total mileage for the week: 39 miles
Total mileage for the year: 198 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle: 244.11 miles
I am sincerely hoping my knee issue is easily fixable and was in fact, due to my shoes. I am hopeful that I’ll be able to get in most, if not, of this upcoming week’s workouts!
Do you have a PT on call? If not, who do you call when you have pain while running?