A recap of last week’s workouts while training for the Mistletoe Half Marathon, plus a few other races I’m eyeing over the next few months!
A few of you have asked what I’m training for, and I realized I haven’t really been clear about it! I’m training for the Mistletoe Half Marathon, although I just found out today that some work travel may really screw that up. 🙁 I may do the Asheville Race 13.1 in a couple weeks, but it’s not the race I built my training plan around, so that’s not ideal either. And I’m testing the longer distances within my half marathon training plan (since it gives ranges to run) to see how I feel about potentially doing a marathon in January or February. Let me know if you know of any great marathons in those months!
Racing well at the Mistletoe Half Marathon isn’t the end-all-be-all, but it’s just so frustrating to train so hard and then feel like it all gets messed up with circumstances outside my control. (I like plans and structure…can you tell?? ) Oh well. That’s life.
Okay, onto the recap of last week’s workouts!
M – REST
T – 10.5 miles (progression run) + CrossFit
The goal of the progression run was to steadily increase my pace, with a fast finish. I ran the first 5 miles with a friend, around an 8:30-8:40 pace, and then finished the run alone. I NEVER run in the dark alone for safety’s sake, but there was enough traffic out by the time I was wrapping up, so I felt okay about it — and I loved it. Something about solo morning runs before the sun is up is so peaceful.
CrossFit was good too. We did a 10 min EMOM of power clean/hang power clean, increasing weight each time. I got up to 100# & the Metcon had lots heavy deadlifts at 155#, which I love. Here’s the exact WOD if you’re interested.
W – yoga
Th – 10.3 miles, 6×1200 intervals at 6:30-6:46 pace, + warm-up/cool down
I went to the track for this workout. Track workouts always go by so much more quickly than I expect, and the miles really add up. This workout was tough, but I reminded myself that “quality” workouts shouldn’t be easy!
F – 4 miles, easy, 8:05 pace (I ran in some new Mizunos, which I loved!)
Sa – 5 miles, easy, 8:30 pace
Su – 15 miles, average 8:05 pace
My long run was supposed to be anywhere from 1 hr 45 min – 2 hr 15 minutes, with 2-4 miles at goal race pace (7:15) in the middle and a “fast finish”. I did 3 miles between 7:15-7:30 pace, but I had nothing left in the tank at the end for a fast finish. I think I needed more fuel since I only took one GU with me and probably didn’t eat enough before I ran either. I had 2 piece of gluten-free toast + almond butter + 1/2 banana…and the toast slices are tiny. Lesson learned! Long runs are practice for race day to work out these kind of kinks.
Hope you’re having a great week!