I can’t even believe that I am recapping week #4 of half marathon training with Laura already! In fact, I didn’t believe it so I had to double-check to ensure I wasn’t making a mistake. Tomorrow starts week #5 which means the Long Island Half Marathon is, um, 4 weeks from today. I can’t help but wonder about the weather a month from now. I know I have said this before but it’s usually fairly warm by race day yet the weather here right now is super cold, snowing(!!) and crazy windy. A lot can change in a month I guess, I would just like a little bit of time to adjust to running in some warmer temperatures if I am going to need it for race day!
This week’s workouts were slightly lighter than usual — not so much in mileage but in the intensity which worked well for yesterday’s 10k race. I didn’t taper (and ran a few miles prior to the start) but the reduction in speed work during the week helped me get to the start line with legs that weren’t what I would think of as fatigued at all.
I will recap the race in tomorrow’s post but it was a good one – even if it rained like crazy the entire time!
Monday – Pure Barre & 5 Miles (treadmill)
5 miles on the treadmill because the early morning rain did not look too inviting. I followed my new easy run treadmill workout but bumped up my easy pace range because I felt like I could go a little faster without burning myself out for tomorrow’s harder/longer run.
Pure Barre Tone in 10 Combo:
- Full Body
- Seat & Abs
I also did that Pop Sugar 10 minute workout for runners that we have talked about – I really like it!
Tuesday – 8 Miles (Treadmill)
I made the decision to run on the treadmill due to what the news was calling Tropical Storm force winds (40-50 MPH). The plan for today was 8 miles – 4 easy/4 going from moderately hard to hard.
It’s not so easy for me to do this type of run on the treadmill since I am supposed to base the pace on effort but I did the best I could!
Miles 1 – 4: speeds between 6.3 – 7.0
Miles 5, 6: speeds between 6.8 – 7.5
Miles 7, 8: speeds between 7.5 – 8.5
Wednesday – Pure Barre & 5 Miles
I was not at all in the mood for a Pure Barre DVD so I went with the Pure Barre Tone in 10 workouts instead.
The 10 minute workouts totally trick me mentally into getting in the mood to move myself. I think to myself – it’s only 10 minutes. What usually happens is that I end up combining a few of the Tone in 10 workouts which sometimes can equal the length of a DVD <- see how it’s all mental?!
Tone in 10 Combo:
- Arms & Abs
- Seat & Abs
- Back & Cool down
Thursday – 8 Miles
The plan was for an easy 8 miles. I ran 3 miles on the treadmill until it was light enough for me outside to finish up this run outdoors.
A little later in the morning I quickly squeezed in my favorite Yoga For Runners: Pre-Run.
Friday – 4 Miles
I skipped Pure Barre today to give my muscles a little bit of rest before tomorrow’s 10k race.
Saturday – 10k Race
3 mile easy warm up + 10k race + cool down walk/run back to the car.
I will recap this rainy Aspire 10k race tomorrow but it went really well. I felt strong and happy, finishing faster than last year.
Sunday – Pure Barre
I totally feel like running today most likely because I didn’t run as long as usual yesterday. I will stick with just Pure Barre today though in order to rest up for the week of training ahead.
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