Owens Corning Half Marathon Training Recap: Week 7

I’ll be recapping each week of my training leading up to the Owens Corning Half Marathon in April. I’m running with Dave’s Spring Marathon In-Training (MIT) for 16 weeks leading up to race day.

The main theme of the week: I was tired, and I swapped a lot of morning runs for the afternoon. I was craving a little flexibility. I wanted to stay up to watch Shaun White win a gold medal and sleep an extra hour before work, so I did. I didn’t want go to Pure Barre in the morning and run in the afternoon, so I didn’t. I “slept in” W-F and took advantage of both rest days on the schedule, and the “break” has me ready return to my regular routine.

On the bright side, I ran three runs this week with my Dave’s MIT group. In addition to Thursday’s track workout and Saturday’s long run, I joined them on Tuesday for the first time for the tempo workout. The plan had five miles at half marathon pace on the schedule, and I was nervous about running the distance alone so I figured this was the best day to join.

I’ve been chipping away at that 10k distance PR every Tuesday during the tempo workout, and I love seeing the new record screen pop up on my watch. I’d love to race a 10k soon!

No surprise – running with a group made the 5 miles speed by, and we even had daylight for the first half. The last mile was the hardest in effort but that seems about right. The last two tempo miles were a couple seconds slow due to dodging a few ice patches in the headlamp-lit dark. The ice patches left over from Sunday’s ice storm were usually just big, obvious patches, but nothing raises the heart rate like a couple dozen runners yelling, “Ice! Ice!”

Thursday’s track workout was 2 x  11 laps on the outside of a 200m track and woof, 11 is a big number to count down from twice! On the last segment, I just focused on getting to lap 5 o 6 and then just hung on through 11. Shut my brain off, tried to forget that (in that moment) running sucks, and remember that it would be over soon.

 

Who is the sweatiest person in this photo? That person is me. Pants were a mistake. Short sleeves were a mistake. But damn if I wasn’t working hard.

My favorite part of Saturday’s 9-miler was that it closed out my first 30+ miler week since October.

Hell yeah! First 30+ mile week since October.

 

  • Monday: 5 easy miles on the treadmill
  • Tuesday:  (am) Pure Barre, (pm) 1 warm-up mile, 5 miles @ half marathon pace [8:57, 8:56, 8:56, 9:00, 9:02], 1 cool-down mile
  • Wednesday: 5 easy miles in the neighborhood after work
  • Thursday: 5 minute warm-up (we were late), 1.5 miles x 2 with 1 minute rest, 1 mile down
  • Friday: Rest day
  • Saturday: Pure Empower and a 9 mile long run
  • Sunday: Rest day
  • Weekly mileage = 31 miles, 2 PB

I wrote last week about booking your hotel for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, and the hotel blocks that have been flying. They had opened another 100 room block opened at Park Inn by Raddisson and now more rooms have been added at Courtyard by Marriott. Book your room before they fill up!

Taking rest days very seriously. Does anyone else’s Garmin get super mad at them on non-run days?! I think I made it a max of 3,000 steps this day.

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Owens Corning Half Marathon Training Recap: Week 6

I’ll be recapping each week of my training leading up to the Owens Corning Half Marathon in April. I’m running with Dave’s Spring Marathon In-Training (MIT) for 16 weeks leading up to race day.

P.S. Prices increase for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon and its other races on February 15th – sign up, save some money, and run with me!

Im going to make this a quick one because brief and timely is better than nothing and next week. This was another solid week of training with five runs and three Pure Barre classes, and I’m excited to have six weeks of steady running behind me in the build-up toward the Owens Corning Half Marathon.

Highs of the week: Running in the snow on Wednesday morning! I’ve gotten used to winter running again, but there have been a lot of of winter days that have pushed me inside due to extreme cold, or most commonly…ice. We get snow, it sticks around for a bit, partially melts in the afternoon sun, freezes overnight, and stays longer than the fluffy snow did. However, when the opportunity to run outside appears, I take it! Alex and I ran in fresh snow as it continued to snow, and I got to feel like we lived in a snow globe before it turned to ice. The unplowed or unshoveled portions slowed us down, but it forced us to run easy. Sweet, sweet respite from the treadmill. The weekend’s 8 mile long run was also my longest run since the Chicago Marathon. I’ve run a handful of 7/7.5 milers but no 8s! Looking forward to see the mileage tick back up.

Freezing, bare hands take fast, crummy photos before getting stuffed back into my mittens.
Alex is less pleased by snow globe running, but he committed like a champ.

Lows of the week: The lake effect brought snow all day Friday, a little bit on Saturday, and a lot of freezing rain and ice on Sunday. This meant that the status of Saturday’s group was in flux until the night before, but Alex and I decided to stay closer to home no matter the decision. This way we could check out our local trail and see if it was in good condition, passable with Yaktrax, or better left for the treadmill. This worked for us, but we didn’t start until 10:30a, and I wouldn’t do that again. I’ve loved finishing my long run early on Saturday and having a whole, long day ahead of me after I finish. It was also strange to see how used to running with a group I’ve gotten, as a previously solo runner. It felt especially bad during the first mile, but I eventually clicked into that meditative gear and focused on how good it would feel to finish week six’s mileage.

  • Monday: 5 easy miles on the treadmill
  • Tuesday:  (am) 1 warm-up mile, 2 x [1 mile @ marathon pace (9:14) and 1 mile @ threshold (8:40)], 1 cool-down mile on the treadmill, (pm) Pure Barre
  • Wednesday:  4 easy miles in the snow
  • Thursday: (am) Pure Barre, (pm) warm-up, 2000m/1600m/1200m with 1 minute rest, 1 mile down
  • Friday: Rest day
  • Saturday: 8 mile long run
  • Sunday: Pure Barre
  • Weekly mileage = 28 miles, 3 PB

The times I think, “I have nothing to write about,” I write the most.

Also – if you’re traveling from out of town for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon and its other races, now is the time to book a hotel! The race’s hotel blocks have been flying, but another 100 room block opened at Park Inn by Raddisson. Perfect place to stay and grab a pre-expo coffee downtown at Maddie & Bella and do your shakout run along the river and Middlegrounds Metropark.

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