Owens Corning Half Marathon Training Recap: Week 3

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. If you’re local and interested in joining, you can still sign-up for Dave’s MIT through January 31st. Check out the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon weekend too!

Week 3! What! I’m writing this halfway through week 4, and it’s astonishing how quickly time seems to be passing. Training with Dave’s MIT has amped up my usual excitement for training, and it feels good to have taken a chance on something new that’s paying off.

Granted, it is still early in the training, and I am decidedly tired and sore running 20ish miles a week, as if I were running 40, but it’s deeply satisfying to be chipping away at a new goal. As usual, training helps fuel the “my body can do hard things” mindset and reduces the urge to talk shit about it.

My left knee shot up a few pain signals early this week, but it submitted to more careful foam rolling and Pure Barre. I’m still working out when to fit in Pure Barre, but I took advantage of a day off on Monday for MLK day to take a late morning class, allowing for three classes this week. Two of my siblings are still home from college over break, and we took class together on Wednesday and Power Yoga on Sunday.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s runs were indoors on the gym treadmill, and it’s about as good time as any to rewatch The Good Wife. I’m sure at least one of those days could’ve been run outdoors, but the luxury of running without the winter clothes bundle wins out sometimes. An additional upside was using the treadmill to pace my threshold run on Tuesday, and I hung on.

Thursday’s fartlek workout on the track once again increased time running hard, including a 5-minute segment right in the middle. I showed up tired + cranky after a long day at work but with five more miles in the bank, an upcoming rest day, and several boxes of stuffed pizza sticks for take-out…the night really improved. I slept so well that night.

Our 1:57/2:55 Dave’s MIT group after Thursday’s track workout.

Saturday’s long run was another 6-miler and instead of running to the university bike trail, we ran through Wildwood to a nearby neighborhood for a hilly route. We ran faster than last week, and the route was harded, but I’m here to be challenged. Another long run in the books!

  • Monday: 5 easy miles, followed by Pure Barre
  • Tuesday: 1 warm-up mile, 2 @ threshold pace (8:34, 8:30), and 1 cool-down mile
  • Wednesday: (am) 4.5 easy miles, (pm) Pure Barre
  • Thursday: (am) Pure Barre, (pm) second Dave’s MIT track workout at BGSU: 1 mile warm-up, 2 x 3 min, 4 min, 5 min, 4 min, 2 x 3 min hard with a 1 minute jog in between, and cool-down for a total of 5 miles
  • Friday: Rest day
  • Saturday: 6 mile long run
  • Sunday: Power Yoga
  • Weekly mileage = 24.5 miles, 3 PB, 1 Yoga Class
I ordered gym floor mats for one of the extra bedrooms and turned it into a more proper gym area. Between the gym and our local Pure Barre and yoga studios, we rarely workout at home, but we did need a space to stretch, foam roll, etc. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

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