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NYCRUNS Falling Leaves Half Marathon Training Week #6

So my training plan said that this was my peak week of half marathon training. Well how do you like that, it went so fast!

I actually had a terrific week of running and didn’t feel drained by the workouts (until yesterday’s long run, I was tired after that!) so maybe it’s a good thing that I missed some training plan workouts over the last few weeks.

Undertrained is better than overtrained, right?

nycruns falling leaves half marathon training week #6

Monday – 6 Miles/Pure Barre

Just an easy run on the treadmill averaging around 8:50 overall. I thought I would stick to my easy run on the treadmill workout plan but I felt like bumping up the speed fairly often during the run so I ranged between 6.3 – 7.6.

I did something I don’t normally do – Pure Barre later in the day. Usually, if I don’t get my workout in first thing in the morning, it’s not going to happen. But, I had some time early in the afternoon so I did a quick Pure Barre Tone in 10 workout: Seat & Abs. I may or may not continue this afternoon trend. I guess it will depend upon my schedule.

Tuesday – 8 Miles

Now this was a great run. Even though I had to run inside on the treadmill, I really enjoyed my workout.

On the training plan for today was a countdown fartlek workout which was actually perfect for the treadmill because it went by timed intervals.

2 mile warm up + 4 miles of timed fartlek intervals + cool down.

For the intervals, I ranged between 7.5 – 8.6 and felt terrific. I didn’t lose my form, my legs were full of energy and my breathing wasn’t even labored until I was holding 8.6 and even then, I was sort of running with ease.

I ran the first 7 miles on the treadmill and finished the last mile outside once it was finally light enough for me. I need the clocks to change already!

Wednesday – Pure Barre Studio Series/3.2 Miles

I haven’t done the Pure Barre Studio Series in a while! The 45 minute workout flew by in a flash.

pure barre studio series

I ran a few easy miles once the sun was up – it was super cold too! 35 degrees I think.

Thursday – 8 Miles

I spoke about this treadmill run which consisted of 6 miles at half marathon pace in Friday’s Running is so Mental post. If you missed Friday’s post, I hope you go back to read it!

Friday – Yoga/Pure Barre/4 Miles

I started with 10 minutes of pre-run yoga followed by Pure Barre Tone in 10: Arms & Abs.

Once the sun was up, I made it outside for 4 miles in my new pair of Saucony Ride 8’s!

Saucony Ride

I had gone way too long putting off purchasing a second pair of running shoes so I am really happy to have this pair of Saucony Ride’s in my rotation again.

I was wearing the Saucony Ride 7’s for easy runs/recovery runs until they reached their mileage limit and burned out on me. Saucony is up to the Ride 9 but I bought the Ride 8 on sale. So far, so good.

Saturday – 13 Miles

9 miles easy + 4 miles going from marathon to half marathon effort

Runkeeper makes it look as though I did those ending paces in reverse. I am never really sure if Runkeeper’s pacing is all that accurate (whole other post for a whole other day) but here’s what it said:

Mile 10: 7:47

Mile 11: 7:47

Mile 12: 8:05

Mile 13: 8:16

I was definitely tired by the end but can’t say that I felt as though I slowed down. Overall though, I was extremely happy and exhausted from this run!

Sunday – Pure Barre

Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

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  • Caroline October 30, 2016, 11:53 am

    What a great week of workouts! I did my longest run ever today, 18 miles, and I’m so proud of myself! I treated myself to a big bagel with lox and cream cheese, aka YUM! I’m rotating between a newer and older pair of the Nike Pegasus and I love the shoe so much. I’ll be sad when they no longer make the current model because it’s that awesome on my feet!
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  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes October 30, 2016, 12:27 pm

    Great week of training! I’m rotating between my Kinvaras and Pure Connects right now, although I’m considering trying Kinvara with a slightly more cushioned shoe like the Zealot or a lighter shoe. My Kinvaras are just such a perfect all-purpose running shoe that it’s hard to know what else I need!
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  • michele @ paleorunningmomma October 30, 2016, 8:59 pm

    Way to go on that long run! I finally ran again after being sick on Fri and Sat. This cough is so persistent and annoying though, it’s finally tapering off and I’m looking forward to the nice cool running weather.
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  • Debra October 30, 2016, 9:37 pm

    Had a best weedend and great exercise!!! There is nothing more fun than you happy with what you have done.
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  • AmandaM October 31, 2016, 2:30 am

    Great workout week! How long are the fartlek intervals time-wise?

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 1, 2016, 5:44 am

      this workout was a countdown fartlek so I think it was 8 minutes then easy for a few minutes and then 6 minutes then easy etc.

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