Mayor’s Half Marathon – Week One

Time for another training cycle, on to my fifth half marathon (counting the 25K as it was 13.1+) in seven months.

First, a recap of the recovery week numbers:
12 miles ran (my highest weekly mileage since I ran Hogs Hunt back in April, whoops.)
600 yards swam
9 miles biked

This next race is going to be a bit challenging to train for because it’s my first travel race. And what a trip it will be since it’s in Anchorage, Alaska. So there’s that to consider but I’ll also be spending about the last two weeks of the training cycle with my family in Alaska and for me, getting in runs while on vacation is always problematic. But the weather is most likely going to be amazing, the scenery is without doing to be gorgeous and the course is pretty flat, so I don’t want those things going to waste.

A Goal: sub 2:20
B Goal: sub 2:25

But my unspoken goal is really to get a PR, which would mean I’d need a sub 2:15. I don’t know if it’s possible. I’ve really gotten some speed these past few weeks thanks to Hogs Hunt and the cross training I’ve been doing. It’s getting hotter here but I’ve been able to still hit my paces (mostly) so that’s only going to help me running when it’s cooler. And I’ve been training at these same paces for the past six months, I just haven’t tested them for a PR, nor have I been logging the miles necessary for a half. It’s not probable that I’ll PR this race, but should all the factors come in place (and especially my 10 miler I have planned the 2nd week of June go well) I might be able to pull it out. Mostly though, I just want to land somewhere between 2:15 and 2:20.

As a side note, the average high the day of the race is 64*, the record is 78*. Here in Houston, our average is 91* and the average LOW is 75*. I’m so looking forward to running Alaska.

Anyway, so this week’s plan looks like this:

Sunday
Rest

Monday
Intervals: 3 x 1600 @ 9:01, 400m RI
Swimming: 1200 yards total, 1 x 400, 1 x 200, 4 x 100, 4 x 50

Tuesday
Bootcamp
Bike: 10 miles

Wednesday
Tempo: 5 @ mid tempo (9:49)
Swimming: 1200 yards total, 1 x 400, 1 x 200, 4 x 100, 4 x 50

Thursday
Bootcamp
Biking: 10 miles
Pilates

Friday
Easy run: 3 miles @ 11:09

Saturday
Long run: 8 miles @ 10:32

That tempo is going to hurt. Big time.

And you might notice something a bit different that I’m trying out this cycle, a Friday run. We have an easy 3ish mile route from our house and I now have a pretty big gap in my running days (from Wed to Sat) so both Josh and I are trying adding in a short, easy run. Hopefully it will help keep my weekly mileage up (which has been disgracefully low lately) during a time of year when due to the heat it’s just really hard to get in double digit runs. Plus, it will help wake my legs up a bit after time off but without exhausting them before the week’s long run. We’ll see how it goes.

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