half marathon training

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Yet again another struggle bus run. My pace was slower cause the boss man called and I forgot to stop my watch. Oops.

Just overall a crappy run. I know it’s cause my legs were tired from this weekend. And I almost was gonna just take the morning off cause of that but I put my clothes on and was like, let’s do this shit. Then a half mile in my left shin was screaming with a muscle cramp and I almost turned around. But I kept on going.

That’s pretty much the gist of it all. I don’t want to Monday. Boo.

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It’s 70 in Denver and I ran TEN glorious miles! Ahhhh! So blue and beautiful today. I was totally pumped for this run, but also terrified because I haven’t ran double digits in a LONG time. You know your run is bound to be good though when you remember to put on sunscreen AND are able to poop before heading out (y’all totally feel me with this, I’m sure). 

Since I live less than 15 minutes from downtown, I decided to run the trails from there because then I can just go and don’t have to run in circles or zigzags. Perk of running so far? I ended up running past the mall and parking there next time would be SO much easier. 10/10 remembering that. I was loving all of the artwork along this, too. 

There were so many people out today, and I really could not have asked for a nicer day. It is supposed to be beautiful pretty much all week! 

Somewhere in miles 3-5 I hated life, but other than that, this run was great. Just need to work on my speed and consistency at some point. A 12:46 average pace is insanely average for me with my long runs. 

I feel a lot better now about my half marathon that is a week from today! I cannot believe how quickly that thing has crept up. 

Running Tip #1:

When training for a race, or for general fitness, training in three week cycles can be extremely beneficial.

 I-I-P: Introduce. Improve. Perfect. 

During the first week, introduce a new speed workout (such as a tempo-run, intervals, or hill repeats) Without over exerting yourself, start off small. Slightly slower than goal pace, slightly shorter in duration. The goal of this run is to get your legs and body accustomed to the new added stress of the speed to come.

During the next week, improve from your previous workout. Say you went out for a tempo-run with 3 miles at 7:00 pace during your introduction phase, this week build upon the prior week by going 4 miles at 6:50 pace.

During the third and final week of the training cycle, perfect that given workout. Continuing on with the example of a tempo-run training cycle, perfect the workout by going 5 miles at a goal pace of 6:45. 

After the three week cycle, you can continue on to another cycle of training, such as interval training, fartleks, or hill training. Mixed in with long runs, recovery runs, and easy paced runs, you will be well on your way to setting new PRs. 

*For personalized training plans, holla atcha boi*

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Guys!! I did it! Ten glorious miles all by myself on a beautiful day! I don’t get nervous for runs or races, but this one was majorly psyching me out. 70 degrees, the perfect amount of wind, and a blue sky is just what I needed. It was so sunny though that I had to nerd out and wear a pair of sunglasses over my normal glasses. Surprisingly, they work great and don’t move! I feel so much better about my half marathon next weekend now, thank goodness!

Runs like this remind me why I once fell in love with long-distance. I’ve been in a funk lately and just busy (excuses), but I really need to make more time for running and get out there. My body is constantly proving me wrong and showing me that I can do these things, even when I just want to give up. I’ve seriously missed this. 

Boom. Pizza and oats are really the carbs for me. And an average pace of 12:35? Yes, please! I’m not as fast as I used to be, but I’m so dang proud of this. I really didn’t know if I would finish with a positive outcome/at all. My splits were a little crazy, but overall I’m pretty happy with them. I’d also like to note that mile NINE was my fastest! I don’t like the new way Garmin Connect displays them though. 

Anyway, happy dance! I’ll be really impressed if some of you are still reading this. It’s been far too long since I’ve had a long post about a great long-run. 

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Indy Mini W6D7 - easy 9 turned 6

Target pace: 10:15-11:00
Actual pace: 10:08

Cut this run short today, it was SO COLD. I couldn’t hang. I didn’t think I had underdressed, but I was just cold cold cold the whole run. It was windy and snowing too, it honestly seemed a bit dumb and dangerous to push for all 9 miles. I think getting two thirds of the run isn’t too bad ;)

It’s not supposed to stay this cold thankfully! So next week should be back to normal mileage :)

I hope you all had lovely Valentine’s Day! I send everyone love and kisses 😘😘