Week 15 Recap {Half Marathon Training}

Week 14

I cannot believe that my half marathon training is almost over.  Next Saturday is my big 31st birthday and the Heart and Sole Half Marathon.  I am ready.

3 mile easy run at 10:45 minutes/mile.  I had to do this on the tread mill.  How sad.  Anyway, I ran this in 26:23 with an average pace of 8:48 minutes/mile.

2 mile easy run at 10:45 minutes/mile.  I ran this on Feester Trail before going swimming.  Sometimes 2 miles is a tease.  I know I can go much further, but the training plan makes me stop.  Oh well, my average pace of 8:48 minutes/mile and I finished in 17:38.

8 mile tempo run with 1 mile warm up, 6 miles at 9:26 minutes/mile, and 1 mile cool down.  Well, I kind of ran faster.  I didn’t do it on purpose, it just kind of happened.  I ran this in 1:14:31 with an average pace of 9:19 minutes/mile.

2 mile easy run at 10:45 minutes/mile.  I also ran this on Feester Trail.  I just took it nice and easy.  No need to race now and risk injury.  I completed this run with a time of 18:22 and an average pace of 9:09 minutes/miles.

12 mile long run at 10:45 minutes/mile.  Ok, this is the only time in the training plan where I have deviated.  I ran 13.1 miles instead of 12.  Honestly, I just wanted to get the 13 under my belt before next Saturday.  It felt good.  I ran a very hilly route and climbed 834 feet during this run.  I seriously doubt the half in Jonesboro will have this many hills, so I am confident I can beat my time of 2:16:01 which translates to 10:23 minutes/mile.

I only got to ride my bike 13.4 miles this week.  My first riding day I had a flat tire on Iron Mountain during my ride and didn’t have time to get it changed and back out before I had to pick the boys up from school, bummer.  Friday I got to ride 10 miles on the Ross Foundation which was a nice stress reliever.

I only have three easy runs over the next week to keep me loose and I then I must rest.  Resting is so hard for me!  I am going to run Monday, run and swim Tuesday, and run and ride my bike Wednesday, but next Thursday and Friday I HAVE to rest.

Week 16

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