Owens Corning Half Marathon Training Recap: Week 6

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.

P.S. 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!

Im going to make this a quick one because brief and timely is better than nothing and next week. This was another solid week of training with five runs and three Pure Barre classes, and I’m excited to have six weeks of steady running behind me in the build-up toward the Owens Corning Half Marathon.

Highs of the week: Running in the snow on Wednesday morning! I’ve gotten used to winter running again, but there have been a lot of of winter days that have pushed me inside due to extreme cold, or most commonly…ice. We get snow, it sticks around for a bit, partially melts in the afternoon sun, freezes overnight, and stays longer than the fluffy snow did. However, when the opportunity to run outside appears, I take it! Alex and I ran in fresh snow as it continued to snow, and I got to feel like we lived in a snow globe before it turned to ice. The unplowed or unshoveled portions slowed us down, but it forced us to run easy. Sweet, sweet respite from the treadmill. The weekend’s 8 mile long run was also my longest run since the Chicago Marathon. I’ve run a handful of 7/7.5 milers but no 8s! Looking forward to see the mileage tick back up.

Freezing, bare hands take fast, crummy photos before getting stuffed back into my mittens.
Alex is less pleased by snow globe running, but he committed like a champ.

Lows of the week: The lake effect brought snow all day Friday, a little bit on Saturday, and a lot of freezing rain and ice on Sunday. This meant that the status of Saturday’s group was in flux until the night before, but Alex and I decided to stay closer to home no matter the decision. This way we could check out our local trail and see if it was in good condition, passable with Yaktrax, or better left for the treadmill. This worked for us, but we didn’t start until 10:30a, and I wouldn’t do that again. I’ve loved finishing my long run early on Saturday and having a whole, long day ahead of me after I finish. It was also strange to see how used to running with a group I’ve gotten, as a previously solo runner. It felt especially bad during the first mile, but I eventually clicked into that meditative gear and focused on how good it would feel to finish week six’s mileage.

  • Monday: 5 easy miles on the treadmill
  • Tuesday:  (am) 1 warm-up mile, 2 x [1 mile @ marathon pace (9:14) and 1 mile @ threshold (8:40)], 1 cool-down mile on the treadmill, (pm) Pure Barre
  • Wednesday:  4 easy miles in the snow
  • Thursday: (am) Pure Barre, (pm) warm-up, 2000m/1600m/1200m with 1 minute rest, 1 mile down
  • Friday: Rest day
  • Saturday: 8 mile long run
  • Sunday: Pure Barre
  • Weekly mileage = 28 miles, 3 PB

The times I think, “I have nothing to write about,” I write the most.

Also – if you’re traveling from out of town for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon and its other races, now is the time to book a hotel! The race’s hotel blocks have been flying, but another 100 room block opened at Park Inn by Raddisson. Perfect place to stay and grab a pre-expo coffee downtown at Maddie & Bella and do your shakout run along the river and Middlegrounds Metropark.

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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.

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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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