LI Half Marathon Training Week #1

So technically this week was my first week of training for the Long Island half marathon. If I am being completely honest with myself and with you, I don’t really know that I 100% feel like training to run a half marathon.

I keep going back and forth on the subject. It’s not that I don’t feel like running, it’s that I am not so sure that I care to run a race or follow any sort of race training structure.

Yes, I can run the half marathon without training specifically for the race. However, I learned last year when training with Laura that following a training plan makes a huge difference in how I feel on race day so if I am going to run the race, I do want to be prepared in the best way possible.

I don’t know. I guess for now I will follow my training plan (which is last year’s plan, slightly tweaked) and just see how I feel about it in another week or so.

Running overall this week was great though! I had taken a few days off completely while away in Chicago which definitely made a positive difference in how I felt when I returned to my workouts. Let’s take a look.

Monday – 5 Miles

Taking a few days off from running really does do wonders. I flew out the door with my first mile at an 8:11 pace. I barely felt it!

runkeeper splits

Tuesday – 7.2 Miles

This was my first workout of this Long Island half marathon training cycle. I chose the treadmill for this run since it was going to be rainy and timing the minutes for the intervals works well on the treadmill anyway.

10 minute warm up + 20 x 1 min fast/1 min recovery + cool down.

The funny part about this workout is that I thought I was supposed to do 24 rounds of intervals and I had dropped it to 20  rounds to save myself some time. Turns out, the original workout in my training plan from last year was only 12 rounds!! This is what you get for winging things, thinking you remember accurately and not looking up the plan right before heading out the door.

I ranged between setting the speed to 7.7 – 8.3 for a minute and dropped the speed to 6.8 for every recovery minute. This was a challenging workout for sure! The first 10 minutes of intervals were fine, it’s after that when you really start to feel it.

Wednesday – Pure Barre/3 Miles

I didn’t have a ton of time this morning but that worked out just fine because I really didn’t feel the need to run more than 3 miles. Less is more for me lately I think.

runkeeper splits

Thursday – 7.17 Miles

The plan today was 2 mile warm up + 3 miles tempo pace + cool down.

I went with a 3 mile warm up because I ate breakfast too close to running which created an annoying side stitch for the first 20 or so minutes. After that, I felt better but not exactly in tempo running mode at all.

I pushed as much as I could against my brain really telling me the entire time that it didn’t feel like running fast.

tempo run

Friday – Pure Barre

I chose a 45 minute Pure Barre workout (Pure Barre Studio Series) and a rest day from running. The weather threw me off a bit. It was supposed to be snowing when I woke up but it wasn’t. I really could have run outside I guess but I just didn’t feel like it nor did I feel like running a few miles on the treadmill. With frigid temperatures, ice and snow expected to be on the ground tomorrow, I preferred a rest day from running to prepare for a long run on the treadmill in the morning.

Saturday – 12 Miles (Treadmill!)

The plan for today was 9 miles easy + 3 miles at moderate effort for a total of 12 miles.

Oh boy, I made this long run on the treadmill run work for me but I was definitely DEAD at the end! Not only was I dead, I was thirsty and grateful for the water fountains in my gym.

water fountains

Sunday – Pure Barre

A part of me feels like running a few easy miles but I doubt that I will because its super cold here at the moment. I don’t feel like running on the treadmill today and already know the treadmill is where I will likely be the rest of the week with a blizzard in our forecast! Ugh, is it Spring yet?

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Who else had a long run on the treadmill this weekend? How did it go?

Is there a blizzard in your forecast?

Are you in the mood to train for a race or not really?


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  1. says

    I really cant believe we are supposed to get a blizzard this week. I guess Im not all that surprised though with how crazy this winter has been. Its’ been so many years since i did a long run on a treadmill. Not sure how I would feel about it now but I think it would be nice to have the option!
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  2. says

    I didn’t have a long run on the treadmill yesterday, but felt like moving a bit so did a quick 6 miler! Honestly though I don’t mind long treadmill runs anymore as long as I have good music! And yes.. here in MD we are forecasted to get some snow Tuesday… really am hoping they are wrong lol. Have good Sunday!
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  3. says

    I haven’t run on a treadmill in months! I’m in the rainforest so I’m one of the only people here who’s ever even seen snow 😉 I want to train for a race, but I keep having scheduling issues !