Owens Corning Half Training Recap: Weeks 7

34 miles, 2 Pure Barre classes, 2 yoga classes, and one rest day rounded up week 7. While the two yoga classes I took were last minute additions, they were some of my favorite hours this week. An hour at power yoga did a tired runner’s body good, and Thursday’s aerial yoga was just straight fun. I feel like we get such few opportunities to just play as adults, and aerial yoga was a perfect time to just hang out upside down and giggle and get a little bonus stretch and meditation time too.

Other high points from week 7: 5 successful miles run at half marathon goal pace on Tuesday and a really awesome 13.1 mile long run. The training plan threw in 7 x 1 minute 5k pace surges after mile 8 to practice running on tired legs (especially after 7 miles the day before), and the surges/recovery time made those miles pass by faster and I felt great. My confidence is growing as the weeks go by, and I’m thanking my body for its hard work by making time with my a foam roller a nightly ritual – even if it’s just for a couple minute.

I did have a hard time motivating myself to get out the door on both of my weekend runs, but a weird lunch time run is better than no run at all.



The view of the University of Toledo’s clock tower from the rec’s indoor track.
  • Monday: Pure Barre
  • Tuesday: (am) 2 mile warm-up, 5 miles at half marathon goal pace, and a 1 mile cool-down; (pm) power yoga that felt incredible
  • Wednesday: Pure Barre
  • Thursday: (am) 6 easy miles and strides; (pm) aerial yoga
  • Friday: I like you, rest day
  • Saturday: 7 steady miles
  • Sunday: 13.1 miles with 7 x 1 minute surges at mile 8- because why run just 13 scheduled miles when you’re only 0.1 away from a half marathon?
  • Weekly mileage = 34 miles running

I’m linking up Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC + Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap.

After my Sunday long run, we headed up to Detroit for the afternoon and finished out the day with a beer at Atwater Brewery and a shroom burger at the newly opened Shake Shack!

Owens Corning Half Training Recap: Weeks 5 and 6

A wee belated week 5 (and 6) update!

There have been a few very, very cold days during the past two weeks – some I’ve endured outdoors with popsicle hands and feet (dreaming of hot oatmeal for breakfast) and few inside on a treadmill with Netflix. Simply having an indoor option has made training through an Ohio winter possible, or at the very least, more comfortable.

With that…my current mileage looks a little more like marathon training than any of my previous half training cycles. Actually, I looked it up and back in 2015 I ran 12 miles Week 5 and 14 miles in Week 6. I’ve waited years to be able to get my previously injury-prone self strong enough to run this kind of mileage comfortably, and I feel so dang proud. I’m also really excited to see what all this work will mean for race day…

Pure Barre Toledo – I love you.

Week 5:

  • Monday: Pure Barre
  • Tuesday: 6 easy miles, plus strides
  • Wednesday: Pure Barre
  • Thursday: 2 mile warm-up, 2 x 2 miles at half marathon goal pace, plus one more, and a 1 mile cool down for a little over 8 miles
  • Friday: Rest day
  • Saturday: Pure Barre, followed by 7.0 miles
  • Sunday: 12 miles on trails in Oak Openings
  • Weekly mileage = 33 miles running
Oak Openings is still beautiful.

Week 6:

  • Monday: Pure Barre
  • Tuesday: 2 mile warm-up, 6 miles of intervals, 1 mile cool-down
  • Wednesday: Pure Barre
  • Thursday: Accidental early rest day…
  • Friday: 2 mile warm-up, 3 x 1 mile at marathon pace and 1 mile at 10k pace, and 1 cool-down mile
  • Saturday: 5 easy treadmill miles inside with Netflix
  • Sunday: 10 miles
  • Weekly mileage = 33 miles running

I’m linking up Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC for this training recap!