Spring Half Marathon Training - Week 12

What a great week! Things have finally normalized, at least for a little while, and I nailed my training plan - 100% as scheduled, 100% of my paces - for the first time in a few weeks. Every week I feel like I'm just kind of chugging along with my training and getting it done without thinking too much about how it will translate to race day. Speaking of, I made the decision to forego the NJ Half Marathon since I just don't think it's realistic with my new location and job. Instead, I am now officially registered for the Ocean City Island to Island Half Marathon that runs from Assateague Island to Ocean City, Maryland. I feel really good about having had a strong week leading up to the race!

Spring Half Marathon Training - Week 11

This was another crazy week of moving stuff, which meant another week of moving my training around. Moving didn't go at all as smoothly as we had hoped, and it took a few days to get through it. That clearly took its toll on my training, but I did the best I could! Luckily things were fairly back to normal by the end of the week, and over the weekend I ran another race (a 10k) and got to ride my bike outside for the second time since Ironman Louisville!

This week I learned that my race plans for New Jersey are probably not going to work out, as I finally got my start date for my new job (i.e. the reason I just moved) and it's the Monday after the NJ half. I had originally planned on Monday being a travel day after Sunday's race, and it's probably a bit too far of a drive the day before starting a new job (plus I was really looking forward to hanging out after the race and don't really want to get in a car for 7 hours immediately after finishing). I'm really bummed that this race weekend I've been planning for the last few months isn't going to happen, and I've been looking for alternatives so that at least all of my training won't go to waste. I think I have found a decent option - the Ocean City Island to Island half in Maryland - but I haven't made a decision for sure yet and probably won't until later this week or early next week.

Spring Half Marathon Training - Week 10

This was a weird week because it was moving week (which is also contributed to why I am a week behind posting it, in addition to the fact that I actually wrote this last week but Blogger ate it - the first time that has ever happened to me!). Despite the moving craziness, I managed to get in all of my miles and pull off a couple of hard workouts, including a new 5K PR (22:47)!

SPRING HALF MARATHON TRAINING - WEEK 9

This week was my last hard week of base-building before the New Jersey Half *praise hands emoji*! It was my biggest week of training, both in terms of mileage and hard workouts, and it was a good one despite its imperfections. I'm feeling stronger than I have in a long time!

I realized after my run on Saturday that my mileage for this month is the highest it's been since December 2013! That month happened to coincide with my peak training for my first marathon, and also happened to have 5 weekends, so I haven't even come within 10 miles of that record (155 miles) since then and have always considered it kind of a fluke. Given the extra long run in that month, a total of 86 of that month's miles were made up of long runs. By contrast, this month I'm not in peak marathon training, or in marathon training at all, and my long runs (of which there were 5 again since this month also had 5 weekends, so a fair comparison) only made up 54 of my 152 miles. I've never been a high-mileage runner and, admittedly, 35 mpw is not exactly high, but in the last 2 months the majority of my runs have been 6-10 miles, which was definitely out of my comfort zone when I first started and took some adjusting to. In the last couple of weeks I have really felt like I've gotten the hang of my new training approach and I'm excited to see where it gets me going forward!