Spring Half Marathon Training 2018 - Week 7

This week was great for me and hugely confidence-boosting. I really took the mistakes I made and the lessons I learned from Rock n Roll last weekend to heart and was able to correct them quickly enough to nail one of my big races this spring, the Shamrock Half Marathon. Shamrock is such a special race to me and this Sunday - 6 years to the day since my first half marathon - luck was definitely on my side. 

This was my 7th week working with a coach and I'm honestly not sure I could have made it to this point in just 7 weeks without her. It is crazy to me to think that just under 2 months ago I hired her after an 8:47-pace 10-miler that felt like death, and in just two months I worked my way back to an 8:22-pace half marathon that felt strong AF. What's even crazier is that I'm still not quite back to where I was a couple of years ago, but I don't even care because I am putting in the work to get there and I'm just so happy with the results so far. 

Monday 3/12 - 1 hour Zwift ride (10 miles)

Tuesday 3/13 - 6.2 mile easy run @ 9:37

Wednesday 3/14 - 9.1 mile interval run @ 9:08
  • 3x1200m intervals @ 7:10-7:20 + 3x800m intervals @ 7:10-7:20
  • Actual:
    • 1200s @ 7:29, 7:21, 7:18
    • 800s @ 7:08, 7:40, 7:18
Katie warned me that this was a monster workout and I will admit that that intimidated me even more than it would have normally. I was supposed to do this in the morning on a track, but the track across the street from me was still pitch black and not lit at 6:00am when I needed to head out (luckily I can see it from apartment), so I moved it to the afternoon and used the National Mall as my track - whatever works, I guess.

It was crazy windy out today (20+mph with 30mph gusts), and I turned straight into the wind as soon as I started my first interval. I knew immediately that I probably wasn't going to hit my paces, but I didn't want that to be my reason to quit, and I accepted that all I could do was my best. Halfway through every one of the 1200s I wanted to quit so badly, and sometimes I slowed for a couple of seconds to collect myself, but I never gave up. I gave 110% on this, even when the wind was so strong I might as well have been running on a treadmill. Katie also gave me instructions to fuel in between the 1200s and the 800s since I failed so epically at that at Rock n Roll last weekend. She told me exactly how much to eat and told me, "Don't be stubborn, just do it" and I did. This is huge because I hate eating during runs for some reason (no idea why), but I shoved a ton of raisins and Honey Stinger chews in my mouth even though I didn't want to, and I thought about what Katie told me and it really wasn't the worst thing ever. This run wasn't perfect by any means but I am so, so proud of myself for the way I dealt with everything during it.

Thursday 3/15 - 4 miles easy @ 9:53

Friday 3/16 - Rest

Saturday 3/17 - 3 mile shakeout run @ 9:35

Sunday 3/18 - Shamrock Half Marathon! 13.1 miles @ 8:22
I could not be happier with this race! It was honestly everything I was hoping to get out of a race this spring and I just loved it. It wasn't a PR, but it was damn close (~50 seconds slower) and I wasn't even gunning for a PR, so that actually makes me extra happy with it. I ran a smart race and executed my plan perfectly and just had hte best day. Recap later this week!

1 comment

  1. HA I'm pretty sure knowing that food awaits me every five miles is the only thing that gets me through long runs half the time :P I am all about eating on the run (until the end of a marathon, that is. Then I'm usually more than happy to never see another Honey Stinger ever again.)

    I'm glad you had such a good race and a solid week of training! Way to get it done on those intervals with the wind! It was similarly windy in Chicago yesterday, and ho.ly. cow. I don't think I've ever been so tempted to bail mid-run and call an Uber to take me home. I was huffing and puffing as if I were sprinting, but I was doing like 11:10 miles! Not pleasant at all.