Spring Half Marathon Training - Week 3

This week was a little bit rough. Not for any major reason, I think I some of the newness and excitement of my new training plan was wearing off and it felt like a little bit more of a grind than the last couple of weeks have. There were also a few times I got a little sad over the fact that I'm not training for a full marathon anymore. There is something magic about that distance and I am excited for whenever I get back to it, but I'm just not ready for it now and that's okay. Those bittersweet feelings don't last too long, though, and I tend to get over them when my long runs on the weekends take less than two hours!

My first half marathon of the year is this weekend and I would be lying if I said I am feeling ready.  I feel like I'm in a good place, but I've run two half marathons since the Ironman craziness ended and both were somewhat disastrous and I'm hoping that this weekend doesn't add another one to that list. I can't even remember the last time I ran a solid, strong half marathon, so I'm feeling a little anxious about taking on that distance again. I know I can get through 13.1 miles, but I'm just not sure I can get through them as gracefully as I would like to. I am so desperate to feel like my old, pre-long distance triathlon self again. I'll find out this weekend if I'm there yet and, if not, I have at least 2 more opportunities this spring, not to mention a lifetime after that. It's fine. Everything is going to be fine.

Monday 2/12 - 1 hour Zwift ride (16 miles) + 15 minutes core

Tuesday 2/13 - 8 mile interval run @ 8:38
  • 4x6 min intervals @ 7:40-7:50 goal pace 
  • Actual 7:27, 7:38, 7:38, 7:28
The easy parts of this run were actually the hardest parts! I had an upset stomach so for the first 2 miles until I could get to a bathroom I was just annoyed about that. Then I felt better and really strong during my intervals, although I realized that for some reason I've had a really hard time being able to find a 7:40-7:50 pace, but that I can dial into 7:30-7:40 fairly confidently. I guess that's sort of a good thing? My tummy troubles came back in the last mile but overall I felt really good about this run.

Wednesday 2/14 - 6 mile easy run @ 9:29 + 20 minutes core

Thursday 2/15 - 8 mile interval run @ 8:57
  • 4x1200m intervals @ 7:00-7:20
  • Actual paces 6:59, 7:23, 7:34, 7:46
This did not go the way I had hoped it would. It was unseasonably nice out and I was actually super excited to come home and run in the 60-degree temps, but Ben and I got into a stupid fight right before I went out for my run, which made me 30 minutes late and not in the mood to do it at all, but I still tried. I was able to do one interval at my goal pace but the rest were off - not totally off, but off enough. I knew after that first one that I was in trouble, so maybe I subconsciously gave up after that. I just didn't feel like I had the strength to do these at the prescribed effort level, and I had to slow down to walk for a second during all but the first interval. I hate making excuses, but I just couldn't get it together tonight. I'm trying really hard not to be discouraged by this.

Friday 2/16 - Rest

Saturday 2/17 - 3 mile easy run @ 9:13

I got caught in a snowstorm I didn't even know was coming! It wasn't much but I actually love running in weather like that and haven't had a chance all winter, so this was fun (but also cold since I was underdressed - see: didn't know a snowstorm was coming).

Sunday 2/18 -11.2 mile long run @ 9:18

I took the hilly route this week and had a pretty great run - nothing special or out of the ordinary, just a solid last long run before my half. My legs were definitely tired for this one, so I took it as easy as I could on tired legs, if that makes sense. It still wore me out and made me a little nervous for how I am going to handle the half next week!

1 comment

  1. I don't know if this is a change or just something I didn't notice before (I, admittedly, usually skim over the workout details part of a workout recap in favor of the written part of the recap), but I'm curious about the difference between your interval workouts, how one was by time and one was by distance. I'm used to seeing training that is either distance based OR time based, but I don't think I've ever seen training that incorporates both! Is there a reason why you're doing both (or, perhaps more accurately, why your coach has you doing both)? It seems like a cool way to mix up interval workouts within a training plan!