Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Half marathon training: Check-in #3.

Welcome to check-in #3!

(Have you signed up for the challenge? Read about it HERE. Past check-ins, participants list and other resources are on that page, too. If you signed up for the challenge and I have you listed incorrectly on the participants list, please let me know!)


Wow. What a week. It was tough -- really tough -- and I thank you all for your kind comments and emails. 


Since the week was full of those curveballs, I didn't get to run exactly according to plan. We traveled to Maryland and Virginia for my brother-in-law's wake and funeral and it meant that my running plans were shelved. But, I did get some good runs in, which helped.


Here's what I had planned to run / what I ran

Mon: 4 miles easy / Sorta: 3.25 miles
Tues: cross-train / Done! 
Wed: 5 miles easy / Sorta:  4 miles
Thurs: 4 miles easy /Sorta: 3.7 miles
Fri: rest / yup 
Sat: rest / yup 
Sun: 10.3 -- 15k race + warmup & cooldown / Sorta: Didn't race (it was too flippin' cold) but did run 9.3 miles on the treadmill, at a nice, slow, long run pace.

Total mileage: 23.3 / 20.25


Overall, it wasn't too bad, running-wise. I wasn't too pleased about having to run 9.3 miles on the 'mill but I got it done. Although, I did have to pop off about 5 miles into the run to quickly nurse my 3-month old. Not sure how I should count those 12 minutes . . . 


Here's this week's plan:

Mon: rest
Tues: 5 easy 
Wed: 5 miles w/3 @ tempo
Thurs: rest
Fri: 4 easy
Sat: rest
Sun: 10 miles @ long run pace
Total: 24



No problem. Today's run will most likely be on the treadmill, as will tomorrow's run. Friday? Who knows. Sunday's long run? I better be able to get outside!


How's your training going?


Do you have a question about half-marathon training or anything else running related? Leave a comment and I'll post your question this week so you can get feedback from others.


Have a great week, everyone!


~ Felice

17 comments:

Michelle said...

You had a solid week!

Nobel4Lit said...

Hmm, let's see... here are some of my questions:

1) Is it really true that you can do a long run (much) slower than your race pace?

(Because that's what I do.. about 1-2 off pace per mile, in fact!)

2) How do you train at race pace without getting injured? I'm always getting injured the minute I think about pushing my pace any significant amount. =(

3) What is your opinion on number of days per week that you run? I'm currently subsisting on 3/4 days, as 5 was too many for me...

4) What is your pacing stretegy for a half?

MCM Mama said...

Nice week! I'm a little behind you on long run length, but I've been getting in some good medium length runs lately.

BTW, I'm running the National Half, which is on March 26th. Can I count that?

Rose said...

I ran 10 miles yesterday, which makes me feel better about getting back up to a half marathon distance. I did trip at the end and scrape the crap out of my arm, but I'd rather lose skin than twist my ankle or something.

Lori Lynn said...

I'm pretty sure that I'm going to sign up for a 5K later this spring, possibly March, but my question is about a training schedule. I'm a newbie runner, and can pretty consistently hit a mile to a mile and a half, and just recently got to 2 miles (Actually it was about 2.2ish). I'm not quite sure of a schedule as far as how much to increase each week (and how many days). I know I need to incorporate cross training as well too, so I want to include that as well.

Zero4 said...

Hey Felice!

I was wondering what activities you're doing for your cross training?

Thanks!!

Marlene said...

Way to go on week 3!

Darlene said...

Good job on week 3. You rock! As a newbie half marathoner, I have a few questions:
1)How soon can I do another? I trained for the lst one for 12 wks. I'm thinking of doing a 2nd on Apr 23 which gives me a 2 wk break before 12 wk training.
2) How do I avoid injury? My friend ran a half in Oct and then trained for another Jan 16 & wound up running it with a hip stress fracture.
3) Is training for 2nd hm different from the first? I know I can now so I will probably want to do more than just finish.
4) I think my foot problem is related to wearing dress shoes. I stopped for weeks and my feet felt better. Yesterday I wore a slight heel & my foot hurt again. I have a formal affair to go to Fri eve. Do I wear sneakers??

Party of Nine said...

Hi Felice! Checking in, for last week:

M: rest
T:6.2
W:rest
Th: 2
F: 2
Sa:2.5
Su: 2 and so far this week M: 3.1 and T: rest

Looking forward to getting past 6.2! Thanks for the encouragement :)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

You have really stayed close to your plan!

This is my first week of training for marathon #2. And, there is no snow on the ground, so I can get some running done outside too!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

Looks like my kind of week. The first one. I seem to be having a lot of weeks like that. Good luck this week!!

B.o.B. said...

Aw, my condolences. Sorry to hear that Felice.

J said...

Great job on the week, all things considered! Hopefully the weekend will have good weather for your long run!

Lisa said...

the training for my half marathon officially started yesterday. so far so good.

Denise said...

considering all you had going on, i think you did really great. hope you're doing ok.

macnic said...

I think you did great! My half marathon clinic started this week and its only a 12k week.

Quix said...

Wow, looks like a good week to me. I usually don't go into double digits until week 6 or so... but I'm trying to maintain a slightly larger base this year... hmmm...

Hope next week is less topsy turvy for ya...

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