Last week was pretty cray cray–with what was a full week of training and a half marathon PR tacked on at the end!
Monday, December 4–3 miles easy
Just an easy run around the hood. This was supposed to be a tempo run but my heart wasn’t in it for some reason, and I decided to move it to the following day. Which ended up being a great idea.
Tuesday, December 5–6 miles
I met up with my local run club at 4:40 a.m and nailed this workout. Two miles WU, two miles @7:30, 7:25, two miles CD. The two miles were continuous w/o a RI so I was really happy I was able to keep the pace and even negative split (it was a little fast actually, target pace was 7:40).
Wednesday, December 6–Strength train, stretch, roll
not so fun stuff, lol!
Thursday, December 7th–7.50 miles
This was a doozy. I was NOT looking forward to this run because it just seemed…hard, lol!! But I met up with some buddies (again at 4:40 a.m.) and my pacer friend Tomio agreed once more to take on this workout on with me.
2 mile WU
2x5min @7:10-15 w/RI (7:05, 7:11)
3x3min @7:00 w/RI (7:04, 7:18, 7:34)
5x1min @6:30-50 w/RI (6:33, 6:43, 6:30, 6:26, 6:25)
1 mile CD
I struggled a bit with the 3 minuters, but I was pretty euphoric after this run. It was hard but I did it!
Friday, December 8th–Stretch, roll
I stuck to stretching and rolling and gave myself a rest day from strength, lol!
Saturday, December 9th–4 miles
Easy 4 miles with my MRTT crew.
Sunday, December 10th–13.1 miles (Scottsdale Half Marathon)
Elle made a good point (she’s so smart) on my race recap, in that I didn’t have an actual taper leading up to the half marathon and despite that, I was able to PR. I hadn’t thought about that but she was right. I had a full week’s worth of workouts leading up to the race!
So far, I’m feeling pretty good post race. I’m excited for the progress I’ve made and I’m excited to continue my training. It is such a difference from the last cycle where I was really struggling–on many levels–but one of which was my job, which I no longer have. I’ve decided to retire from teaching and stay home with my kids a little longer. I’m not sure yet what my future career-wise will look like, but I know from past experience that whenever I’m home, I make running my full-time job, lol! I’m thankful for another go at stay-at-home-status and the opportunity to devote some extra time to training. ❤
–Have you benefitted from marathon training and PRd on a race during?
–Have you walked away from something you once loved? (I taught for 9 years!)