Owens Corning Half Marathon Training Recap: Week 8

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.

In the interest of posting this training recap on time, I’m going to return to an easy breakdown of this week’s highs and lows.

Highs: We’re halfway through the training plan! Eight weeks down, eight weeks left to go. The week’s high is a simple one: another 30 mile week without incident and 3 more Pure Barre classes under my belt. The snow and ice were also largely replaced by rain this week, which wasn’t always my friend (see below), but it meant only one treadmill run and the return of the usual neighborhood explorations. This weekend’s long run also included an accidental meet-up with Lisa, as she joined our group as substitute coach. It was so nice to chat and let the mileage tick down.

It still surprises me to see a sub-10 minute pace for a long run. Getting faster does not happen quickly, but man does it feel good to see it happen at all.

Lows: Tuesday’s tempo, as I called it on my Strava, was a “headwind, pouring rain, suck-fest.” Whiny? Yes. Accurate? Yeah! The weather was warm, but it started off drizzling, and the first tempo mile began in a headwind. It seemed that every time I looked at my watch, I was running too fast (and the effort was unsurprisingly too hard) or I was moving too slow. I got the hang of it in the last three miles just in time for it to intermittently pour rain. Overall, the tempo pace felt two notches harder than it should have, and the combination of the weather and the effort shook my morale, but I got it done. At the end of the day, though, I look at those splits and think “not bad” because I considered quitting at least a dozen times and carried on anyway.

  • Monday: 4 easy miles on the treadmill > rain
  • Tuesday: 1 warm-up mile, 6 miles @ half marathon pace [8:54, 8:53, 8:59, 8:59, 8:49, 8:56], 1 cool-down mile
  • Wednesday: (am) 3.2 easy miles, (pm) Pure Barre
  • Thursday: 1 mile warm-up, 8 x 600m @ ~8:30 pace [3:07, 3:08, 3:10, 3:09, 3:11, 3:09, 3:10, 3:11], and a short cool-down back to the Pure Barre studio for class
  • Friday: Rest day
  • Saturday: 10 mile long run
  • Sunday: Pure Barre
  • Weekly mileage = 30 miles, 3 PB
Lunch post-Saturday’s long run at Frita Batidos in Ann Arbor; it’s been too long, friend.

Hotel room blocks continue to be added for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, but they’ll go fast; book your room before they fill up again!


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 my 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 readied me to 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. There were 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 them.

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, as we dodged a few ice patches in the headlamp-lit dark. The spots of ice left over from Sunday’s ice storm were usually quite easy to see, 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 focused on just getting to lap 5 or 6 and then I’d hang on through 11. I shut my brain off, tried to forget that (in that moment) running sucks, and remind myself 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.