The first day of December is on Tuesday (is that crazy or what?) which means time is flying and before I know it, it will be time to run my next half marathon, the Fred Lebow Half Marathon on January 24, 2016.
While the half marathon distance isn’t something I need to train for, I do want to focus on a few things in order to give my best possible effort come race day.
Central Park is tough. It’s loaded with rolling hills and I do not train on hills at all! When I ran my first Fitness Magazine half in April 2013 (with an injured shoulder, I still don’t understand how I ran the race!) which also runs the Central Park course, I ran the hills very well with a finish time of 1:49:01.
What sticks out in my mind from that time period is that my weekly mileage was much lower and my cross training (spin and elliptical) were much higher in priority.
While I do not plan on joining Lifetime again right now for spin, I do plan to force myself inside to the gym more often (at least once a week) for the elliptical machine. I have always felt that the random ramp setting combined with high resistance has helped my legs train for hilly races.
If I am not feeling too stubborn, I may also skip outdoor running of my usual loop for the treadmill so that I can run with an incline.
I have been doing well when it comes to incorporating speed work into my runs lately so I will continue with my usual workout routine.
Pure Barre & Yoga.
I have no intentions of changing how often I do either Pure Barre or Yoga for the time being. As the race approaches, I will adjust the frequency, lightening up on Pure Barre probably during the week before the race.
Even with training and preparation, the January weather may impact the race. I am praying that the weather stays mild, or, at the very least, let it be frigid without snow falling or ice on the ground. Cold I can handle, winter precipitation is a whole other story!
For now let’s take a look at my workouts from the past Thanksgiving week:
Monday – Pure Barre Mile High 2 DVD & 5 Miles
I like starting off the week with an unstructured easy run. This felt nice.
Tuesday – 8 Miles
Totally awesome run today! It was fairly cold outside (29 degrees) which helps me to run faster without really feeling it.
Wednesday – Pure Barre Mile High 1 DVD & 35 Minutes Elliptical
Early morning elliptical time focusing on resistance and hills. I like watching the news for a change rather than listening to music.
Thursday – 10 Miles
An uneventful and quiet Thanksgiving morning run.
Friday- Pure Barre Studio Series 3 DVD
I did not feel like running this morning so I didn’t.
Saturday- 13 Miles
An average pace of 9:10 does not even come close to telling the whole story for this long run. Post to come about it tomorrow.
That sunrise though…
Sunday – Pure Barre or YogaHalf Marathon training & workout recap #running #halfmarathon #FLMH #workoutrecap… Click To Tweet
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Are you training for a winter race?
How often do you run hills?
Best thing you have eaten since Thanksgiving?