Owens Corning Half Marathon Training Recap: Weeks 9 & 10

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.

I logged into WordPress and thought, “I’ve got about three weeks of training recaps to write,” only to discover I left off at week 8. Week 13 wrapped up on Sunday. D’oh.

If this is not a perfect example of how swamped I’ve felt the past month, I don’t know what is. On the bright side, I have been diligently following my Dave’s MIT plan, even if I’ve done a poor job of updating this space.

In a combined week 9 & 10 recap, there were several confidence-building workouts, an exceptionally bad one, and a big half marathon PR on a training run!

Saturday routine: sprint to the shower immediately after my long run and do not emerge until I feel like a normal temperature again. Proceed to dress in as many layers as possible to retain warmth while I stretch on a mat. Multi-tasking sometimes includes breakfast.

Week 9:

  • Monday: 5 easy miles with Alex and the pup – I felt sleepy and sluggish, but my HR was nice and low. Perfect! Monday is one of the hardest mornings to get out of bed and run, but it feels so good to have miles banked before I even start the work week.
  • Tuesday: 1 warm-up mile, 5 alternating miles @ half marathon pace and 20-30 seconds faster [8:56, 8:31, 8:54, 8:29, 8:54], 1 cool-down mile – I felt great! The morning had perfect running weather, and I nailed my paces.
  • Wednesday: 4 easy morning miles – I planned to go to Pure Barre after work, but I felt tired and decided to listen to my body and opt out.
  • Thursday: (am) Pure Barre, (pm) 1 mile warm-up, 2 x 1000, 2 x 800m, 2 x 600m at 8:00 minute pace with 2 minute rest in between the intervals, and ~1 mile cool-down on the treadmill – Dave’s MIT track night was cancelled due to the weather so I took the workout to the treadmill. The only note I have written down in my journal is “Hard!” Sounds about right.
  • Friday: Rest day
  • Saturday: 12 mile long run – 10 with my group, plus 2 extra on my own. I threw them in there as a confidence booster for the next week’s half marathon. My legs were tired, but I kept reminding myself that I was 1.1 miles shy of my fastest half marathon ever.
  • Sunday: Pure Barre
  • Weekly mileage = 34 miles, 2 PB

Week 10:

  • Monday: 1 warm-up mile, 60 minutes @ half marathon pace [8:56, 9:02, 8:58, 8:57, 8:59, 8:53 for last 0.6], 0.8 cool-down mile – I moved my workouts up one day to give my legs a little extra rest before Saturday’s race. These tempo miles felt comfortably hard just like they’re supposed to and that felt encouraging.
  • Tuesday: 5 easy miles with Alex – when I write “with Alex” I really mean…”with Alex for a mile before he needs to speed up to his actual easy pace.” That’s okay. I’m too thrilled that he’s injury-free and able to leave me in his dust. I can’t wait to see him crush his own half marathon goal. Legs felt a little heavy from Monday’s tempo run.
  • Wednesday: (am) 1 warm-up mile, 2 x 1 mile at 8:06, 1.7 mile cool-down, (pm) Pure Barre – real talk: the morning workout was awful. I took off way too fast in the first mile, and then I tried to jog the 2 minute rest instead of walk it as prescribed. I actually stopped three-quarters of the way into the second mile to catch my breath because I gave up mentally. I was wiped, and the moment I looked down at my watch to see I still had a quarter mile to go, I stopped running. I skipped the third planned interval and ran a longer cool-down home. I might’ve let a bad workout like this freak me out at one point in time, but I decided to suck it up. It was what it was, and I wouldn’t let it dictate my level of fitness.
  • Thursday: 5 easy miles in the neighborhood – legs felt much better than Tuesday. Traveled to DC in the evening after work.
  • Friday: Rest day but a lot of walking around the city
  • Saturday: 13.1 miles and a big ‘ol PR at the Rock ‘n Roll DC Half! I ran 2:20:XX in April 2017 and 2:15:XX during a marathon in October 2017. On Saturday, I ran 2:08:XX, including a wait in line for a restroom on the race course. My husband (who ran with me) stopped his watch during this detour and that gave us 2:05:XX without the interruption. Aside from a couple of pretty uncomfortable first 6 miles (full bladder, long bathroom lines, overheating/overdressing, unexplained knee pain that disappeared later) – the race really turned around. We tried to alternate 2 easy miles/ 2 @ hmp, and I’m pleased with how it went on a really hilly second-half of the course. The real MVP is my husband who tolerated my really sour/pissed off self that first hour…I’m sorry!!! Thankfully, the knee pain is completely resolved. It started getting irritated Thursday night after many hours of sitting at my desk, then the car, then a plane, then another car with limited foam rolling and stretching.
  • Sunday: “Rest day” = another ~20k steps around the city
  • Weekly mileage = 36.2 miles, 1 PB
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This is Alex’s bib. I completely forgot I put that silly tag line on it when I registered us both, and it made me giggle when we picked it up.

Who else is counting down the days to the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon?! Or booked your room? Studied the course map? I’m currently starting to think about what I’d like to wear on race day, but after a winter of fleece-lined leggings and ear warmers, I’m going to need to remember how to dress for a temperature warmer than 30 degrees. I ran Rock ‘n’ Roll with a long sleeve tied around my waist for 75% of the race so I already know I need help.

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