Long Island Half Marathon Training Week #6


So the half marathon is two weeks from today and I am feeling more than ready! Laura’s training plan and working with her has been awesome. I know I keep saying so but with each run, I continue to understand why Laura chose each workout and the reasons behind why they were strategically placed in my training schedule.

I found a picture from last year’s start line of the race (with the Nassau Coliseum in the background and the Islanders symbol still on the building, if you look really close you can see it — the building is still there today but all signs of the Islanders ever playing there are gone. Let’s not talk about what it will be like to run past their former home).

long island half marathon start line

Of course I am hoping for those same blue skies but please don’t let it be too hot! It’s suddenly warming up here, which is awesome, but ideal 8:00 am race temperatures for me would be in the 40’s. I guess it’s out of my control but one can always hope.

My workouts this week were terrific and I have one more week before tapering 🙂

Monday –  5 Easy Miles & Pure Barre

Monday morning runs always feel so refreshing after a Sunday rest day!

Pure Barre Tone in 10 Combo:

  • Thighs & Seat
  • Seat & Abs

Tuesday – 8 Miles

It was raining during this run (and windy – I have had enough of the wind!) but nothing too terrible that I couldn’t run.

On the schedule:  2 miles warm up, fartlek countdown workout plus 1 mile cool down. I felt so good during this workout that I remember telling Laura that it seemed easier than some of the other workouts. She told me that it wasn’t easier, I have just adapted and gotten better at running fast intervals!


Wednesday – Pure Barre Mile High DVD & 6 Easy Miles

So this is probably the first morning run I have had in what feels like forever that the sun was shining bright! I love that it is getting lighter again super early in the morning (and I love that it finally stopped raining).

I love seeing my shadow as I run — I always look so much taller than I am.


Thursday – 9 Miles (6 at half marathon pace)

I had some sort of power in me when I woke up that I only ran one warm up mile (after saying in my running realizations post that I like two miles – go figure) and then flew through the miles with ease.

I was much faster than goal half marathon pace (which we pegged as 7:50- 7:55)


I knew I was going faster than plan but Laura always says that effort counts more than pace so I checked in with my effort and felt as though it was spot on. Great, great endorphin packed run.

Friday – 4 Easy Miles & Yoga/Pure Barre

I started my morning with Yoga For Runners: Pre-Run before heading outside for 4 easy miles @ 10:00 pace.

Pure Barre Tone in 10 Combo:

  • Full Body
  • Seat & Abs

Saturday  – 14 Miles

The plan: 9 miles easy + 4 miles increasing from marathon pace to half marathon pace + cool down.

I felt a bit tired during the first few miles but totally nailed those last 4 miles!

Miles 1 – 9: 8:55

Mile 10, 11: 8:06

Mile 12: 7:45

Mile 13: 7:42


Sunday  – Easy Run

I have to leave for an event early tomorrow morning so I think I am going to run a few easy miles today and take my rest day tomorrow.

Posts of interest:

LI Half 2015

LI Half 2014

LI Half 2013

Pure Barre Tone in Ten Review

Pure Barre Pure Results Review

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  1. says

    I had my first race of the year yesterday and it was surprisingly warm. I thought it was going to be in the high 40s but by the time we started the sun was shining bright and I felt overdressed in a light long-sleeved t-shirt. Hopefully the weather cooperates for you on race day! This time of year is always so tricky with race temps. Looks like your training is going great! You killed that race pace workout.
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    • says

      I know you can do it though! I can’t imagine running a summer marathon here with the heat and humidity but I bet yours will be just fine based on your climate. It will be warm but you will be prepared!

  2. says

    I am 5’9 and my next race is May 29th. I am such a better warm weather runner. The cold makes my muscles not work properly and I’m always afraid I’ll get injured. Good luck with your training this week 🙂
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  3. says

    Sounds like you’re on top of your training and it’s going really well which no doubt will yield welcome benefits on race day! I used to hate running in warm weather but then last year I kinda found I was getting into it. Not too hot though!
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  4. says

    I don’t do -anything- well in super warm weather, so I’ll keep my finger crossed for you so that it won’t be too crazy hot when you’re racing! And I’m 5’9 so kind of tall. I wore 4 inch heels to church today and ended up pretty much towering over everyone 😆
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