Owens Corning Half Marathon Training Recap: Week 1

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. If you’re local and interested in joining, you can still sign-up for Dave’s MIT through January 31st. Check out the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon weekend too!

The temperatures this week were still below zero with windchill, but I got by with a newly activated gym membership and my first trip of 2018. It was actually cold enough on Saturday morning to cancel our first group run. In an excellent weekend to get away, I finished my long run on a beautiful 45/50 degree day in Austin, as well as two more runs from week 2.

This was my second time visiting the city so I was already anticipating running along the Colorado River, through Zilker Park, and along all of the paths. Austin is an excellent running town and it’s running paths and dog parks won Alex and I over again. My favorite segment, appropriately named “Just Like Jesus” on Strava, takes you across floating paths over the river. Alex’s favorite part is undoubtedly the section through the dog park where dogs of all sizes are run, chase squirrels, or dive into the river to swim (even in January).

Aside from an extra, unplanned rest day on Monday from an enthusiastic celebration the evening before, the first week went well. I’m trying to prioritize sticking to the schedule this year. There’s obviously room for a little personal grace, but if I need to run before work, I want to get it done on time, instead of pushing it off until later or cutting it short because I don’t want to get into the office late. Stick to the plan. Make it a priority so that training doesn’t eat up other important, non-training time.

  • Monday: Rest day (New Years Day)
  • Tuesday: 1 warm-up mile, 2 @ half marathon pace (9:05, 9:05), and 1 cool-down miles on the treadmill
  • Wednesday: (am) 3 easy miles on the treadmill (pm) Pure Barre
  • Thursday: (am) Pure Barre (pm) my first Dave’s MIT track workout at BGSU: warm-up, 9 x 2 minutes hard with a 1 minute jog in between, cool-down. The “indoor track” function of my watch estimated 4.2 miles. 9 repeats were hard. Actually, 1 repeat was hard, but it is extra motivating to keep going when you really want to pull over and stop.
  • Friday: Rest day/travel day
  • Saturday: 5.2 mile long run
  • Sunday: Rest day
  • Weekly mileage = 16.4 miles, 2 PB