Heading into Half Marathon Week

Okay, friends, it’s the week of the Richmond Half Marathon! Yikes!

Although my training plan actually incorporated a few races, including a 15K/10-miler, I struggled in post-Army Ten-Miler recovery. The first week out, I kept trying to go out for scheduled runs and feeling like crap 3 miles in. My 11-mile long run last weekend was a messy 7 miles. My legs were spectacularly not thrilled. Note to all the whippersnappers who may be reading this: the biggest difference that I’ve noticed between running now and running even 5 years ago is how much longer recovery takes. ūüė¶

Last week, Superstorm Sandy grounded me. Not only was it dangerous to spend any amount of time outside early in the week, the gym was closed. Then on Wednesday I got lazy. After last Saturday’s long run, I was a sedentary lump until Thursday morning, when I ran 3 miles and then hopped on a plane. And I didn’t run again until Sunday.¬†

I plan a couple more runs and some yoga this week. Then it’s time to pack the bags, head down I-95, and see what these legs can do!

Last week by the numbers:

Sunday: 1 hour Pilates reformer & 3-hour hips and core workshop (yoga)

Monday: 1 hour vinyasa yoga. Basically the last time I stepped out of the house for 24-hours.

Tuesday: 1 hour vinyasa yoga. 

Wednesday: 10x400s. Rest. Sigh. This here is the reason going sub 2:00 on Saturday will be out of reach: not enough speed work.

Thursday: 3 miles. 

Friday: Rest. 


Sunday: 12 miles. 11 and change miles. Close enough. ūüôā

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