Owens Corning Half Marathon Training Recap: Week 5

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. 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!

I’m going to call this a super successful training week! I made it to Pure Barre three times, including twice on “hard” days so I could keep the easy days easy and no runs were missed.

On Monday I ran with Alex and the puppy before the snow began to fall, but by Tuesday there was too much ice to risk running outside again.


I might not be that excited to run in the cold on a Monday morning, but the puppy sure is…I like to channel a little bit of his joy.


On Thursday, however, Alex and I had to skip our evening indoor run with Dave’s MIT for another event. Instead, we ran a warm-up mile to the local university’s track for our 1000m repeats, but it was locked when we got there. I didn’t feel like jumping their fence so we ran, including the first 1,000m segment, to a nearby local high school track for attempt #2.

We have permission to use that track, but we have to hop the fence to get in and had you been there, you’d laugh at my attempt to get over and Alex’s efforts to make sure I didn’t fall on my face. (On the way out I found a space I could squeeze through with a little help, and that’s going to be my preferred entry point next time…).

The frustration of running all over our neighborhood for a place to run killed my mental game though, and I was thrilled to finish the workout. The first 1000m was about 20 seconds too slow as we ran to the second track, but the last 4 were in the right range.

Saturday was Dave’s Blizzard Breakfast, and it was coooold in the wind. It didn’t feel too bad bundled up (in face, I was a little over dressed), and I appropriately look like a ninja or a thumb in all of the race pictures.



Dave’s Blizzard Breakfast
Sneaky pics @ Pure Barre



  • Monday: 4 easy miles in the neighborhood
  • Tuesday:  (am) 1 warm-up mile, 4 @ half marathon pace (8:57), 1 cool=down mile, (pm) Pure Barre
  • Wednesday:  4 easy miles on the treadmill
  • Thursday: (am) 1 warm-up mile, 5 x 1000m with 1 minute rest, 1 mile down, (pm) Pure Barre
  • Friday: Rest day
  • Saturday: 7.2 mile long run
  • Sunday: Pure Barre
  • Weekly mileage = 26.7 miles, 3 PB


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