Spring Half Marathon Training 2018 - Week 6

I am so happy to finally be over the cold that kept me down all last week! I thankfully never got super sick, but it was enough to completely zap my energy and just make me feel off. It was so good to feel like my normal self again this week!

This week I did all my weekday runs in the morning, and I have no idea why I didn't start that sooner. Over the last few weeks running after work has been bothering me more and more. I hate getting home from work, getting dressed to go right back out, and therefore not really getting home from work until 7:30. I try to go to bed at 9 or 10 so that doesn't leave me a lot of time for dinner, hanging with Ben, chores, etc. and I couldn't handle it anymore so I promised myself I would give it my best shot to run in the mornings and just see what happened. It was so much less of a hassle running in the mornings, and it was really nice having a couple those weeknights completely free! I'm worried about how next week is going to go with the time change since I'm not super comfortable running when it's as dark as it's going to be at 6:00am now, but I hope I can keep doing morning runs.

Monday 3/5 - 45 minute Zwift ride (10 miles)

Tuesday 3/6 - 6.2 mile easy run @ 9:37

Wednesday 3/7 - 8 mile interval run @ 8:50 / Strength training

I am so proud of myself for this! Instead of a few longer intervals like normal I had a lot of shorter intervals ranging from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, and while my paces were all over the place (anywhere from low 7s to high 7s, not at all corresponding to the length of the interval), I'm proud solely of the fact that I got this done. I don't have a huge problem with easy morning running, but I absolutely did not think my legs would move fast enough for a workout that early. I had no idea how this was going to go, but I promised myself I would give it a shot and I'm really glad I did.

Thursday 3/8 - Rest

Friday 3/9 - 3.2 mile easy run @ 9:21

Saturday 3/10 - Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon - 13.1 miles @ 8:45

  • 5x2 mile intervals @ 8:00
  • Actual:
    • 7:50, 7:59
    • 7:53, 8:10
    • 9:20, 7:49
    • 8:30, 8:24
    • 8:36, 8:23
Surprise! I ran a race again this week! I had always planned to use this race as a training run, which is why I haven't really mentioned it before now. I signed up several months back at a super low price and was intending to use this race as a marathon training run. Since I'm not training for the marathon anymore, I wasn't even 100% sure that I was still going to do this race until this week. I had kind of put it on the backburner and was prepared to just eat the registration fee if it didn't make sense to run a half a week before Shamrock (which I actually do plan to race), but Katie decided to have me keep it as a training run use it as one of my workouts this week.

As with most of the workouts she puts on my schedule, I was hesitant about my ability to execute it as-planned, and, also as usual, I was shocked to find out that when I got started it wasn't as bad as I had expected. I was really happy that I completely nailed the first two sets, and even had to pull back a little because I realized 8-minute miles might not actually be quite as fast as they are in my head when I think about running them. The first half of the race went really well, which I was really excited about since I had convinced myself that the second half of the race, with its net downhill, would be even easier. Unfortunately I was completely wrong about that (and I have run this race twice before, it's not like the course was a surprise!). The second half was hilly and warm (the 9:20 mile is when I had to stop to take off some layers) and I only took in about 30 calories the whole race and I faded fast. I think I'm equally proud of the fact that I was able to run as many 8-minute miles as I did and disappointed that I didn't execute this better. I think if I had dressed more appropriately for the weather and remembered that this workout was actually 13 miles, not the 8-9 that I usually do and that I needed to eat something, it would have gone even better.

Sunday 3/11 - 3.1 mile easy run @ 9:56

1 comment

  1. Warm for RnR DC?! I've never run the race, so maybe I'm not actually knowledgeable enough to comment, but I feel like ever time I've known people who've run RnR DC, they've always mentioned how cold and rainy it tends to be!

    Do you feel like working out in the morning gives you more time in your day? I always work out after work and am in a pretty similar boat from a time perspective, especially on days I run (I finish running usually some time in the late 5:00/early 6:00 hour, but by the time I stretch, PT, foam roll, and shower, it's at least 7:00 before I'm actually "done" with my run and able to have the rest of the night to myself). I've thought about trying to switch to the morning, but it seems like whatever time I'd gain after work by not running would actually be lost to how early I'd have to go to bed if I were to work out before work - I don't think I'd ever be able to get up later than 5 a.m. to work out, which would mean (ideally) going to sleep around 8 p.m. (yikes). Although I also think the idea of working out in the morning just stresses me out - I don't like losing like half of my night to a workout, but I *do* like not having the pressure to finish by a certain time in order to get somewhere else by a certain time (like work). I could adjust my working hours and come in later, but again, then I'd be losing more of that free time in the evening. I think the only way to ideally fit running into my schedule without sacrificing my evenings OR my sleep would be to quit my job - but that's probably not a viable option for a distinctly non-professional athlete like myself :P