Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Half Marathon Training: Week 16

Week 16:
- Monday, 3.5 mi in 88 degrees through the park, 41:11, BTN arms & abs, 1 minute plank
- Wednesday, 4.52 mi, 42:39, some intervals with a buddy
- Sunday, 9 mi, 1:35:00 with Shayna!
- Total Mileage = 17.02

 Week 16 Goals:
- Run 3 times: A+
- Try a new workout: F
- Planks 4 times: Big time F!

I sucked at my goals for the week!  There are a ton of workouts that are only 10 or 20 minutes long.  And planks only take a minute.  One minute!  I definitely could've fit these workouts in, but I really just didn't get it done.

On the flip side, I had a great week of running.  Monday night was a flop due to the heat and a struggling running partner, but it was good to get some hot weather miles in.  I have no idea what the weather will be like for my half.  Wednesday was a great run!  Remember my favorite running buddy from my 6 miler a few weeks ago?  We got together for some quick miles on a new-to-me portion of the Schuylkill River Trail.  We ran the first half at a consistent pace and then the second half doing half mile intervals, including a speedy ending, 8:42 whaaat?

Shayna signed up for the half with me months ago but she spent the winter in Florida so we were excited to get out together.  The forecast was looking pretty grim, but like I said before, who knows what the day of the race will bring, so we decided we were going rain or shine.  We totally lucked out with the weather and we only got a little on and off rain that actually felt good.  Shayna shared her gummy fuel with me, which was my first experience with fueling during a run.  They tasted like candy and weren't too bad to snack on.  I'm not sure if I noticed a difference in my run, but I know I need to practice fueling for my race, so it was a good start.  We ran a great pace and I loved running with her, the miles just ticked by!

We were having a grand old time, until about 7.5 miles in... my knees started really aching, my hips were getting tight.  I'd say this was my hardest long run yet.  Last week's 8 miles were so slow that they seemed pretty easy.  But on Sunday, finishing the run out was a mental game.  It was intense, but I'm so glad I did it.  9 miles in the books!  I accidentally hit the lap button in the middle, so excuse my awkward splits.

Week 17 Goals:
- Planks, 3 times
- Arms & abs, 2 times
- Finish my 10 miler

Double digits this weekend!  I couldn't find a partner in crime, so Dave is going to join me on his bike.  I'm excited to have a buddy... and a gear carrier!  A week and a half till Broad Street, and one month till the half :D  I hope you're having a good week!

Do you like to do planks?  How do you convince yourself to fit in workouts?


  1. Congrats on your great week of runs, including your long run! It's too bad we don't live closer so we could train together:) Keep up the great work!

  2. Nice week of training!! Look at your last two miles! It's great that you were able to pick up your speed at the end of a long run! My favorite running fuel are honey stinger chews. They taste good and aren't too sticky or chewy.

    When I trained for long races before Kevin was a runner he used to ride his bike next to me. I LOVED it because he kept me company and held all my stuff. Plus it made me feel like an elite athlete or something :)

    Good luck with your ten miler! You can do it!

  3. You're really blasting through this training and I'm so proud of you! I'll be there cheering you on obnoxiously :-D Keep up the awesome work! xoxo

  4. Whoo-hoo! you're getting so close. I don't really like doing planks, but I need to do them more. Maybe I'll join you and try to do 3 a week!

  5. Congrats on your training progress! You are getting so close!!! Planks...oh planks - I hate them, but I like them at the same time because they hurt, so I assume that means they are doing something good!

  6. good job on those pace times. very very guuurd. Way to bust out that 3.55 minute mile at the end (teehee). Planking? My brain is too melty to think about planks. Ask me again in the morning. O_O

  7. I fit my planks into my daily routine. It changes week to week but some of my most reliable times of the day to plank are:
    - in the AM while waiting for my coffee to brew
    - before I eat lunch
    - right when I get home from work before relaxing from the day
    - during a commercial break while watching TV in the evening
    - before brushing my teeth at night

    I just make it a goal to do at least one a day and then as long as it happens most days I'm happy. I always hated planks until I became more serious about yoga, now I like them because I can tell how much stronger my core has gotten during the tough poses. Good Luck and see you next week for... Broad Street!!!


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