Half-Marathon Training – Week 6

March 18th, 2012 | Ann

Oofdah. I can’t believe I’m half done with training for the Get in Gear Half Marathon in April! This past week was hard…. really hard. Here’s the breakdown –

Monday was an unscheduled rest-day. Because sometimes, you just need to listen to your body. And take rest.

Tuesday was a stiff and sore AM run. 4 miles on the treadmill before work. I turned on Spirit of the Marathon on Netflix and had a pretty good run. I also had my post-run chocolate milk –

Tuesday - 4 miles

Tuesday afternoon, the weather was so beautiful, I joined Jay at Lake Nokomis for a workout. He ran 4 miles while I walked Biscuit and enjoyed the beautiful weather. It felt good to walk (about 2 miles) and spend time outside after work.

Wednesday was a quick 2-mile treadmill run in the morning. It took me 23:00 – an 11:43 pace. SO EXCITED to be under 12:00/mile!!

Wednesday - 2 miles

Thursday was supposed to be 4 AM miles. By Wednesday night, I knew I was feeling tired and needed the extra sleep…. plus, with the weather forecast –

Weekly Weather

Jay and I decided to log 4 miles outside after work. We headed to Como Lake in St. Paul and before the run, I was feeling BAD. Really bad stomach ache, mentally exhausted and stressed – I really, really didn’t know if we’d finish the run. We did 1 mile, and I completely broke down.

I cried during our run. I felt absolutely awful. Physically, mentally – I was beat down.

But we kept going. Another lap around Como. Walking and running – 2.6 miles total. Not the 4 for the training plan, but certainly better than nothing. It was a good reminder that there are some good runs and some bad runs. And the bad runs help put the other runs into perspective.

Thursday - 2.6 miles

Friday was a rest day.

Saturday is normally our long-run, but we postponed it 1 day for some other fun activities: in the morning, I cheered on the Get Lucky 21k with Hannah. I got to see Lisa, Jen and Jason run this half-marathon. I had a BLAST cheering for them! After that, Jay and I went to the Sports Show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Sunday was long-run, 6 miles. We went to Lake Harriet (beautiful, warm, 70 degree weather), and planned to run 2 laps around together. The run didn’t quite go as planned – I’ll talk more about it later this week – and I ended up logging 5.75 miles.

Sunday - 5.75 miles

This week was one of the hardest training weeks, thus far. Here’s some information and lessons from Week 6 of half-marathon training –

1. I’ve started using Daily Mile –

It says my username is AnnF6 so add me if you want to follow me on dailymile.com.

2. Just keep going. Half-marathon training is really hard. And I’m getting so bogged down with so many things – distance, pace, nutrition, blogging, stress. EVERYTHING.  But at the end of the day, it’s about fueling my body and logging the miles.

3. That being said…. I also need to stretch. I am SO BAD about stretching! Especially with AM runs, I am on a tight timeline to shower and leave for work. I always say, “oh yeah, I’ll stretch after work.” but it needs to happen. I can’t make it another 6 weeks without stretching and foam rolling diligently.

4. Sometimes the course changes. Not literal, like running course, but figurative “course” of life. I’ll be talking about this in the next few days and some of the changes I’ve seen in the past 6 weeks.

5. I am becoming healthier, stronger, and faster. My weight has changed. My measurements are changing. And my pace is improving. I’ll get into details later this week but I wanted to say… 6 weeks into training is a different picture, even from 3 weeks ago.

6. Fail to plan? Plan to fail. Stick to my training plan, log the miles (plan my times – AM/PM) and give my body the healthy fuel it wants and needs –

Also – watch for information about the next New Runner Night at Marathon Sports (50th & Penn Ave – Minneapolis) on Wednesday. I can’t wait to share more details and hopefully I’ll see you there!!

Thank goodness Week 6 is done. I’m looking forward to a strong Week 7 and getting closer to the race on April 28th!

Incase you missed them….
Half-Marathon Training – Week 1
Half-Marathon Training – Week  2
Half-Marathon Training – Week  3
Half-Marathon Training – Week  4
Half-Marathon Training – Week  5

Lots of friends raced this weekend – did you? If so, how did it go?

How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

7 Responses to “Half-Marathon Training – Week 6”

  1. Danielle K says:

    I am just in AWE of you!!! I really need to get back into healthier habits/routines, and I love reading both your ups and downs . . . it’s making me feel like it’s OK if not every workout is STELLAR; I just have to keep putting myself back out there & doing SOMETHING.

  2. Nora says:

    I’m horrible about stretching too! THat was my goal this week is to try to literally incorporate 2 minutes of stretching after each run – because even that will be a chore for me, and its better than nothing, right?

  3. I can’t wait to hear more about the changes – I am so proud of you and your training – you are going to own that half marathon! I just wanted to say thank you again for being there on Saturday – it was a rough one and it was so great to see your face and hear you cheering – especially on the way back in! I was struggling mentally and physically and you and Hannah were just the pick me up I needed! Have a great week!

  4. Ruby Leigh says:

    I love that you are on daily mile now. I also love that we are training for the same race, it reminds me what I’m supposed to be doing.

  5. Hannah says:

    Congrats that your pace is getting faster! That’s always an awesome feeling.
    Ha, I am terrible with stretching. It’s totally a good thing to do, but I forget. If you give yourself a little space to walk out after your run (like plan 4 miles on a 5 mile path), that usually helps me remember to stretch. Plus, you get a little walking cooldown.

  6. Amylee says:

    You know, if there’s anything I’ve learned so far in 2012, it’s that sometimes you just need to roll with the punches. All you can do is your very best, and sometimes that means you don’t get to do exactly what’s on your training schedule (and sometimes it means you blow it out of the water!). Great job doing your best. I’m SO PROUD of you. I think you are incredible and I’m inspired by you every day. Keep it up, Ann. Just think about your amazing body and how far you have already come.

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