Monday, February 19, 2018

Pittsburgh Half Marathon Training - Week Two

This week my focus was to add another day of running in to my week. I've been running twice a week for the past few weeks, but I know that I have to add a few more days in. I have really been focusing on slowly coming back from the marathon, but enough is enough and I had to just do it.

I didn't run until Tuesday. I wanted to do some sort of speed workout. I got on the treadmill and ran five miles with six 400s at HMP. Since I think I'll be aiming around an 8:30 pace for my goal pace at some point this year, that is what I went with. It felt so good. My breathing felt good, my legs were clicking. Very excited with how it went.

Wednesday I went to barre, which is becoming my routine. I am starting my travel schedule soon and Wednesdays are the best day for me to get to class. Even if it's only once a week, I have tried to do some other balance/core work at home. I think it's a great option for me.

Thursday We got some crazy rain here and my basement flooded. This happens often, but it was pretty rough this time. Threw a wrench in some plans for Thursday and Friday since we still weren't dry.

Saturday I met Gretchen, Jessie and Maddie for the long run. Maddie was running 17 so Gretchen and I took on 12. Jessie ran 10. It was a really good run. I was happy to run 12. Plus, the miles flew by with these ladies!

Sunday I met Carrie at barre in the morning and then went to run. Since I lost a day with the flood, I really wanted to hit my goal of three days of running. In talking to myself, I wanted to have a day where I could just let myself go. See what my body could do right now. Well, what better day than the day after a 12 miler AND a barre class.

I ran five miles and averaged an 8:21 pace. WHAT ON EARTH JUST HAPPENED?! I can't tell you what a confidence booster that run was. I have had some goals for Rock 'n' Roll DC, but I wasn't sure I could reach them. After that, and how good I felt, I think I'm on the right track!

Weekly Total: 22 miles
February Total: 43.6 miles
2018 Total: 94.8 miles

Kristen has finished my training plan for Pittsburgh and it's starting to get real. I love working with her and I'm glad we are working together again. It's just nice to have someone, who isn't me, make a plan. I don't know about you!

I have been a super scatter brain recently. I have noticed that getting back in to a running routine has really helped with my memory. I have been messing up dates really bad and losing things.

If you are thinking about registering for the Pittsburgh Marathon/Half Marathon/Relay use promo code RUBELDSGPM18 for $10 off your registration. Hurry! The code is only good until March 31!

Half way through February, how is your training going?


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