Long Island Half Marathon Training Recap Week #2

I want to say happy first day of Spring but since we are expecting some sort of snowstorm in New York, I am not so sure that today is truly the first day of Spring. At least not here.

I am trying not to dwell on needing to shovel or the fact that I will have to run on the treadmill in the morning because “Spring” snowstorms usually melt fairly quickly and are often forgotten within a blink of an eye.

Instead let’s talks about week #2 of Long Island Half Marathon training! I love working Laura, as I knew I would. It’s nice to have someone so interested in hearing about my runs each day and as the days are passing, I am catching on to the reasons she chose the specific workouts listed in my training plan.

I also appreciate how friendly and flexible she is, so willing to make changes and tweaks to the plan she put together to accommodate things like my schedule, the weather, and how I feel.

So far we have not made adjustments but have talked about different possibilities should I need to run more indoors on the treadmill instead of outside, scaling things back if I need to during my period and other little tweaks to the workouts in the plan just to ensure as best as possible that my paces for race day feel like second nature.

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Monday – 7 Miles (treadmill)

This was the start of my daylight savings week of runs. Nothing too exciting here, just my first treadmill run in a while.


This was also the morning when I first tried Pop Sugar’s workout for runners which I mentioned in Thursday’s post. Did you try it yet?

Tuesday – 8 Miles (Ugh, the treadmill!)

Mentally this run was crazy challenging! I did not want to run on the treadmill again today and I was totally in a mood. It didn’t help that my favorite treadmill was taken when I got to my gym and then the treadmill I had to use not only had a slightly weird feeling belt under my feet but a television that refused to turn on. Bleh.

But I did it! The plan for today was 5 miles easy followed by 3 progression miles based upon effort. It is much easier for me to run by effort outside so I tried to just play with the speed button during the last 3 miles and increase it as I felt I could.

Miles 1 – 5: easy between 6.3 – 7.0

Miles 5 – 8: between 7.0 – 8.0 but held most between 7.5 -7.7

Wednesday – Pure Barre Studio Series DVD & 3 Recovery Miles

Two treadmill runs in a row combined with being sore from that 10 minute workout from Monday left me wanting a short recovery run at a really easy pace. Since I averaged 10:30 per mile, I think I accomplished just that.

Thursday – 7 Miles

2 mile warm up + 2 x 15 minutes at a tempo pace with 3 minutes recovery in between + cool down

I started this run inside on the treadmill. I figured doing the warm up inside made sense and then once it was light outside, I could finish things up.

Since this run went by time intervals, the mile pacing is not exactly indicative of my effort but I am pretty sure I hit the ranges I was supposed to.


Friday – Pure Barre Tone in 10 & 3.25 Easy Miles

Today’s Tone in 10 Combo:

  • Arms & Abs
  • Thighs & Abs < – seriously the hardest workout of all six Tone in 10 workouts!
  • Seat & Abs
  • Back & Cool down

It looks like a lot of ab work but the ab sections are sneaky in some of these workouts. The seat & ab workout especially, it totally sneaks in the ab working sections (if you missed my Tone in 10 series review, check it out here).

I decided to try using my 5 lb weights for a change during the arm segment. It doesn’t sound like a lot of weight but when you are doing little isometric movements, it’s really challenging! I was able to do more than I thought with the 5 lb weights but did switch to the 3 lb weights for certain exercises.

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Saturday – 12 Miles

The plan for today was 7 miles easy followed by 4 miles of 2 minutes hard/2 minutes recovery plus a 1 mile cool down. This was fun!

The first 7 miles went by really fast (about an hour) and then I started timing myself. I kept thinking it was hard but then would say to myself, where does it feel the hardest? I checked in with my legs which felt fine (fine is a relative term here) and my breathing told me I was working but I knew I had more to give as I was not totally out of breath.

I like doing those types of check-ins while running to help me see just how capable I am and prevent getting caught up in negative thinking. Don’t get me wrong – this is a challenging workout! But, I can do it.

Again, my splits are not indicative of the timed intervals between miles 7 – 11 but here they are anyway.

long run splits

Sunday- Rest Day (no running!)

I could use some yoga in my life.

Previous Long Island Half Marathon Recaps:

LI Half 2015

LI Half 2014

LI Half 2013

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Is it supposed to snow by you today?

Who is running the NYC half today or another race? Good luck!

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  • Shannon March 20, 2016, 8:33 am

    Wow this is an awesome training plan!!! Your tempo runs sound like they’re paying off too, I have to get back into those…
    And yes, get some yoga in your life! 🙂
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  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine March 20, 2016, 8:55 am

    Initially we had snow in the forecast today but now its just supposed to be cloudy and a little rainy. It snowed a little yesterday but didnt stick. Still, this weather is so depressing, especially since its supposed to be spring!
    I tried the pop sugar video the other day! I really liked it, and was sore the next day but I had also done a few other different strength workouts last week that may have contributed to the soreness. But I think its a great routine to incorporate into my workout schedule!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles March 20, 2016, 9:17 am

      I am telling you, that workout is what made you sore! lol I don’t even know why but somehow it worked muscles we don’t normally work I think. I have to do it again this week and see what happens

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes March 20, 2016, 9:17 am

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying the plan! That tempo workout is one of my favorites. No snow here, although there’s still several feet in the mountains, but I think the forecast calls for more rain this week.
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  • Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat March 20, 2016, 9:36 am

    Looks like your training is off to a great start. I am reallllly ready to not see snow again for several months. I’ve had races the past couple weekends so have not done any strength. I need to jump back on that.
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  • Ellie March 20, 2016, 9:55 am

    No snow here but it was chilly. I’m so mad that I had to buy another pack of Hot Hands for my gloves this morning. I thought I would eek out, but the 19 degrees dashed my plans 🙁 Best thing I ate this weekend was spinach pasta. I totally made it up, but it was grand! Have a great day 🙂
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  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma March 20, 2016, 10:29 am

    I’ve fallen off with yoga and could use it back in my life too! I really hope the snow is off for today too. Great training week for you as usual 🙂
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  • Fiona March 20, 2016, 12:11 pm

    Sounds like training is going really well, hope you have another good week ahead. Some roast butternut squash chips for dinner yesterday were pretty awesome 🙂
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  • Gretchen | Gretchruns March 20, 2016, 4:00 pm

    Great job this week Meredith! It’s currently snowing right now, so I’m glad that my race was yesterday and not today 🙂 Great first day of spring weather huh?
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles March 22, 2016, 2:04 pm

      i still can’t believe we all had snow! thankfully it melted quickly here

  • Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl March 20, 2016, 4:32 pm

    Congrats on a good week of training! Today’s half I was so happy it wasn’t snowing like they predicted 🙂
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