Long Island Half Marathon Training Week #1


Laura and I were really smart about planning the race I would train for using the free coaching services I won from her blog giveaway. Since we both knew that getting accepted into the New York City Marathon via the lottery was a slim chance, we focused more on our Plan B: The Long Island Half Marathon on May 1st.

She drafted up the training plan last week and I started my training on Monday, the day before finding out if I was accepted into the marathon. I think that focusing on my first ever training with a real plan and a real coach definitely helped to ease the blow of not being accepted to the marathon! If I had been accepted, we most likely would have scrapped this race plan and then started up again for the marathon.

Although I am only a week into training with Laura, I am really enjoying it and look forward to sharing my training with you, including my thoughts about working with a running coach along the way.

I have never followed a training plan before (nor have I trained with a running coach before) so this is definitely something different for me! Since I trust Laura whole-heartedly, whatever she tells me to do, I am going to do.

The plan she put together for me does take into account my usual running schedule and incorporates Pure Barre into the framework of the training schedule too.

The Long Island Half Marathon still holds my PR Half time (1:45:24 in 2013) and yes, I am absolutely training to break it! While Laura feels I can beat my PR by a few minutes, I am trying not to think so much about the finish time but about how strong I feel throughout the training.

long island half marathon training week #1


Monday – Pure Barre Tone in 10 & 6 Easy Miles

This run was just what I was looking for and I felt great in my new pair of Saucony Ride 7’s.

I went with one Pure Barre Tone in 10 Workout (Full Body) before my run and Yoga for Runners: Post Run after my run.


The plan said to run between 4 – 6 miles easy – since I had extra time, I went with the 6 miles.

Tuesday – A little over 7 Miles (speed workout)

This was the first time I have ever done a purposeful speed workout based on time! Is that weird? In any event, I really liked it!

2 mile warm up followed by 12 minutes of 1 minute 5k pace/1 minute recovery and then 2 miles easy.

Wednesday – Pure Barre Studio Series DVD  &  6 Easy Miles

It was a gorgeous sunny morning. I wasn’t in a hurry so I was able to run 6 easy miles averaging around 9:30.

Thursday – 7 Miles (3 at Tempo Pace)

Another beautiful morning! On the schedule for today was 7 miles with 3 miles at my tempo pace which, according to Laura, is between 7:30 – 7:50.

I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t be able to jump from my warm up right into that pace range but I did it!


MapMyRun got screwed up after mile 5 during my cool down so I shut it.

Friday – Pure Barre Tone in 10 & 3.5 Miles

Pure Barre Tone in 10 Combo before heading outside:

  • Arms & Abs
  • Thighs & Seat
  • Back & Cool down

3.5 miles at an easy pace in my Saucony Ride’s. I am loving these running shoes so much that they may challenge my Energy Boosts for main shoe status < – what?!

saucony ride

Saturday – 13 Miles (plus 1 mile cool down)

The plan for today was 13 miles with the first 10 miles fairly easy and the last 3 miles at a moderate pace. Laura told me to go more by feel than an exact pace so that’s what I did.


When your last mile is your fastest (7:52) and you felt really strong during it, you know you had a good run.

And, um, I wore my Saucony’s instead of my Boosts. And I liked it. What? I can’t even believe it.

Sunday – No Running (maybe Yoga or Pure Barre, not sure)

Since this will be my fourth consecutive Long Island Half Marathon, in case you are interested, here are the previous race recaps:

Long Island Half Marathon 2013

Long Island Half Marathon 2014

Long Island Half Marathon 2015

And because I get a lot of questions about Pure Barre, I want to include some of my most recent Pure Barre review posts in my workout recaps in case you missed them:

Pure Barre Tone in 10 Review

Pure Barre Pure Results Review

Pure Barre From Home Review

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  1. says

    I had to catch an early morning train so I woke up at 5:30 this morning after going to bed at 12:15…I’m not the happiest of campers because this girl needs her sleep! I made my sister chocolate bread pudding with hot fudge sauce for her birthday and it was amazing. I need to share the recipe. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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    • says

      I was thinking today when I was driving part of the race route of how hot and sunny it can be. I am so hoping it is cooler than last year! hope Diana is feeling better and that no one else catches it!

  2. Frank says

    Glad to see you trying a “real”running plan. Ibelieve you’ll see great improvement in your performance. The challenge will be feeling so good that you will be a tempted to do more miles and faster times than the plan calls for. . .paience and discipline are part of the training. Good Luck and Run Happy!

  3. says

    I wasn’t sleeping well last night, but did stay in bed until 9am due to the time change! I’m interested to see how following a training plan goes for you – I never have either and I need that to change for the Marathon, I’m wondering if doing one for a May/June half as practice would help!
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  4. says

    I feel like I’m always training for a race! Next official race is the Chi-Town Half Marathon on April 9th!

    Best thing I ate this weekend – Homemade croissants at my mom’s house at midnight last night. After a 14 mile run and a full day of running around the city for St. Patty’s celebrations, it was just heavenly!

    Hope you had a great weekend!!
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  5. says

    So exciting to have a coach, and I think you will totally PR! I’ve been eyeing LI for a couple years now. I just get a little apprehensive with the later spring halfs because I suck in the warm weather. I just can’t keep it together. It was 60 by the end of the half on Saturday and for me that is starting to get warm (and funny enough I got TAN during the half lol!). I am going to have to read up on your previous recaps.
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