Owens Corning Half Marathon Training Recap: Weeks 11 & 12

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.

These two weeks included another travel weekend (this time to NYC), as well as my highest mileage this training cycle, followed by a nice recovery week.

Week 11:

  • Monday: An extra rest day after Saturday’s Rock ‘n Roll DC Half Marathon (p.s. remind me never to book another plane ticket that arrives at midnight the night before returning to work)
  • Tuesday: 1 warm-up mile, 70 minutes (7.7 miles) @ half marathon pace [9:18, 8:59, 9:01, 9:01, 8:55, 9:02, 8:59, 8:56], 0.8 cool-down mile. This felt great! I even covered a bit of the Owens Corning Half Marathon course.
  • Wednesday: 7.2 easy miles in some much needed sunshine in a nearby park
  • Thursday: 0.75 mile warm-up, 1600/1200/1000/800/600/400 @ 8:00 pace, and a short 0.5 mile cool-down. Dave’s MIT met at an outdoor high school track, and it was a windy day to run around in circles. I had planned to wear shorts, but the wind cooled the temperature down so much that I never took off the jogger pants I wore for the car trip. I think decreasing workouts are my favorite. They feel equally hard, but it’s nice to tell myself the next interval will be over faster.
  • Friday: 7 easy miles – I slept in after Thursday’s evening track workout so I ran these miles after work. It wasn’t ideal but worth the extra sleep.
  • Saturday: 10.3 mile solo long run from my parent’s house after a family brunch. I did not want to start this run, and I put it off for a couple of hours, but I got out the door by bargaining with myself. I’d try 4 miles outside, and if I was struggling, I could take it to the treadmill and watch a movie to finish off the miles. I ended up finishing all of it outside.
  • Sunday: Pure Barre
  • Weekly mileage = 39 miles, 2 PB
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WhyyyyyYyyyYyy.
One day the weather will warm, and I will no longer need to run around my neighborhood like I’m looking to rob it.
True today and always. Anyone else like to put off a run so long that laying on the ground sounds like a good idea?!
Hey, running partner! Ya stole my hat.
Pretty sunset views from the Perrysburg High School track.

Week 12:

  • Monday: 4.5 easy miles
  • Tuesday: 1 warm-up mile, 5 alternating miles between half marathon pace and 20-30 seconds faster [8:54, 8:31, 8:49, 8:39, 9:13], 1.2 cool-down mile – womp, womp. I gave up on the last 6th alternating mile and opted for an early cool-down. The wind was vicious this day, and my legs were so heavy. I spent too much energy fighting the wind during the first hmp/hmp-30s that I had emptied most of the tank before I even got to the second set. Like last Thursday’s workout, I sucked it up, reminded myself the effort was there even if the number wasn’t what I wanted it to be.
  • Wednesday: 4.1 easy miles to/from Pure Barre – I’m glad I didn’t realize how cold and drizzly it was until the door shut behind me. These were relatively whiny miles, but it was great to have Pure Barre and a run finished before work.
  • Thursday: (am) Pure Barre, (pm) 1 mile warm-up, 8 x 800m @ ~8:30 pace [4:05, 4:15, 4:13, 4:14, 4:15, 4:12, 4:13, 4:12], and a cool-down home – nailed it! I had a work dinner so I didn’t make it to Dave’s MIT track night, but I got it done at a nearby high school track. I should note that I ran this after a glass of wine and a really big dinner, and I thank my lucky stars that I didn’t feel like hurling it all back up.
  • Friday: I planned to run three easy miles in NYC after we arrived that morning, but it never happened. This was a down week, so I didn’t let it bother me too much.
  • Saturday: 10 mile long run in Central Park – can I just say how cool the NYRR Run Center in Columbus Circle is?! Alex and I were able to store our things in their lockers, run in the park, come back to change, and even foam roll before going back to our AirBnB to shower.
  • Sunday: Rest day
  • Weekly mileage = 32.3 miles, 2 PB

Race day is approaching quickly, and the other Glass City Marathon Ambassadors and I can’t wait to welcome you. Don’t forget to study the course maps and take the opportunity to run a few portions of it if you’re local. I know I’m trying to prioritize this during the tempo runs to replicate race day as much as possible.

Will run for bagels.

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