Half Marathon Training Recap, Week 7

Sorry for my late week 7 training recap–my weekend was super busy and I just didn’t have time to type it all up.  But I swear I did run, and I’m gonna prove it!

I’m excited to share these posts with you guys, because not only does it hold me accountable, it also helps me to recognize areas to improve upon and provides a great visual to see how I’m progressing.  Here’s how week 7 went down:

Monday: Elliptical & lower body strength training.  I had Monday off for President’s Day and allowed myself to sleep in a bit, which was nice.

Tuesday:  I had a surprise snow day!  Since the weather was crappy that morning, I took my 4.5 mile run indoors.  I averaged an overall 9:29/mile pace and made sure to foam roll afterwards.

Wednesday:  Speed day!  My plan called for a 40 minute tempo run.

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I averaged an overall 9:05/mile which is awesome!  However, my knees were a little achey afterwards–I’ve had my Saucony Ride 7’s for over 6 months now, and I think it’s time to think about replacing them.  I also squeezed in some upper body/core work.

Thursday: 5 mile pace run.  Oddly enough this one felt tougher than my tempo run the previous day.  I think I’m just starting to get tired!

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Friday: Rest day, thank goodness!

Saturday: First double digit long run!  The weather was perfect–just about 40 degrees when I started out, so not too cold.  I felt really good until about the last two miles–I think I was dehydrated.  I didn’t think about bringing a handheld with me, but I should’ve especially with the warmer temps outside.  The times I’ve had to do my long run indoors I’ve had my water bottle next to me on the treadmill and it made a world of difference, so lesson learned for next time!

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However, I’m still really happy with my overall pace, especially considering it was rough towards the end.

Sunday: 3 mile recovery run.  I slept in until close to 9:00, crazy!  I didn’t wear my Garmin and instead just ran a familiar route for some easy miles to loosen my legs.  The weather was so nice, it was insane I was running in a tank top!

Total Weekly Mileage: 26.91 miles.

Reflections from Week 7:

  • I think from here on out I need to bring my handheld with me on my long runs.  I also may start adding 1/2 of a banana to my pre-run fuel, and start taking Gu in earlier during my runs instead of waiting until I feel tired.
  • Any suggestions for new shoes to test out?!  I know I need a neutral shoe, and I’ve been eyeing the Brooks Launch and Adidas Boost, but any ideas are welcomed!

 

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10 thoughts on “Half Marathon Training Recap, Week 7

  1. Jessica @ Fit Talker says:

    Great job!
    I did a 6 miler without water and since then have tried to bring water on anything longer than that.
    I LOVE my Saucony Triumph ISO sneaks, although they just came out with a newer version, and I can’t speak to them. I believe they’re neutral and super cushy (which is too much for some).
    Curious as to what you’ll choose.
    Although with your half so close, would you run in a totally new shoe or stick these out through the race?

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    • bubblyrunner says:

      I have the Triumph ISO’s for my shorter, recovery runs but don’t like them for longer runs or speed work. I bought a new pair of shoes last night and tested them out for 400m repeats today–loved them! I bought the Nike Zoom Pegasus 32’s–light and airy but still cushion-y!

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  2. Lauren says:

    Great week!!! I’m starting to feel some fatigue as well, it’s natural. I LOVE my Brooks Launch 2’s and I’m about to purchase the 3’s that just came out. I am a die-hard Brooks fan, I’ve tried at least 7 different pair and these are my favorites. They’re light yet super cushiony, I feel an extra spring in my step, they fit so well, sometimes I hardly tell they’re on my foot! I did also love my Brooks Glycerin’s – if the Launch hadn’t re-launched (hehe) they would be my go to shoe. I could go on and on about these shoes lol let me know if you have any questions!

    And yessss you should definitely take the gu’s earlier in your run. Don’t wait until you’re already feeling tired because by then it’s too late. Do you have a handheld? I really like my amphipod!

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    • bubblyrunner says:

      I did actually! I tested the Wave Catalyst and while I didn’t hate them, I didn’t think I’d be a huge fan of them for long runs–they felt too stiff on the balls of my feet for some reason. But they came in the cutest colors!!!

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    • bubblyrunner says:

      I make it hot! I just use old fashioned oats and cook them normally, then add in a scoop of protein powder, a spoonful of Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter, cinnamon, and cocoa powder (I never measure these, I just dump!). Just mix it all together and add a little more milk until you reach the desired consistency!

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