Sunday, February 23, 2014

Pittsburgh Half Marathon Training: Week Two

To say that I was excited for this week of training may be an understatement. Mother Nature was going to give us a break from the deep freeze and temps in the upper 40s/low 50s. I could not wait to take advantage. 

I had to force myself to take Monday off. We all need rest days. I felt really good and wanted to get out there. So I decided to pour myself a glass of wine and relax. 


Tuesday was supposed to be speed work. I was at work a little late and ended up losing a lot of daylight. I played it safe and did a 5k progression on the treadmill. Every half mile I upped the speed. Holy sweat! I was really excited too because I got some sweet stuff in the mail from Further Faster Forever! 


Since I was stuck at work for awhile on Tuesday, I could leave early at work. Finally! I get to enjoy outside! I told my relay team that I would run the mileage of my leg once a week. I also wanted redemption from that awful 5k. So it looked like we were doing a second sorta speed day. My leg for the relay is 4.8 miles, so I rounded it to five. The first 5k was blazing! I ran it in 26:14 and finally felt better! Ran the 4.8 miles in 41:43 and felt really good about it. 


Thursday was also a rest day. Even though it was a rest day, I had a great mental lift. My best friend told me she was going to run the Lehigh Valley half marathon with me in September!! I couldn't have been more excited/proud at that point! I don't get to see her a lot since I moved and to get to share that moment with her means so much to me. 


Friday's workout was a little different. I did two quick miles on the treadmill. I didn't want to only do two miles, but we had plans. Yep folks, it was date night! The temps were really nice again, but I could not wait for our evening. We were going to see Billy Joel!! It was a great concert and we had a blast!! 


Saturday was the nicest day of the week. Even though I had to work, I made sure I took my clothes with me so I could go out right after work. When I got to the park, it was AMAZING to see all the people! Slight downfall, it was really windy. Resistance training, I guess, but I took the six miles very easy. Very easy ended up being a 9:06 pace. Oops. Everything felt really good, legs were a little heavy but I figured that was from the wind. I even got to wear shorts with snow on the ground! 


I also came home to a brand new Sparkly Soul headband thanks to Dani over at weightoffmyshoulders.com. I loved getting to meet Dani in Disney and her story is inspiring. So excited I got a new headband! 



Saturday night I got an email from one of my relay teammates about meeting up for a run Sunday afternoon. I never really run with other people, but I was excited to get to run with Jeff. Pittsburgh with be his 30th marathon and he has tons of advice and tips every time I talk to him. 

After I watched the Canadians win the gold in hockey, I was off to meet Jeff. We chatted and kept a pretty quick pace, I didn't even realize it. It definabtly caught up to me. My legs were SUPER heavy even with compression socks on. It was also much warmer outside than I thought it was. Still, I got seven miles in and had my first 20+ mile week in a month. 


Next week will be interesting. I will be traveling the later part of the week and will have to skip my long run. I'm not fond of skipping long runs, especially ten weeks out from a race. I want to congratulate everyone who raced this week! 

How did you take advantage of the nice weather this week? 




6 comments:

  1. This week I really took advantage of the weather and got in my most miles in a while.. It felt really good and hopefully the warm weather is with us soon for good. Good to see you had a good week as well. Kind of jealous you got to go to billy Joel though

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    1. It was a great show. Super excited I got to go! Glad you could take advantage of the weather!!

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  2. Congrats on a great week of training! The weather was SO nice! I'm not looking forward to the vortex coming back this week.
    I'm glad you had a good time at the concert!

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    1. One day we will never have to say polar vortex again!!

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  3. How awesome that your friend is going to run the half with you!

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    1. I'm super excited!! We are actually talking about it now!

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