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Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Running | 0 comments

Half Marathon Training, Week 5 Recap

Good morning! I hope you’re tuning into this blog post after a fun fall weekend. I was MIA on Friday because we had a jam packed calendar that involved company leaving our house and new company arriving on the same day. It was bananas, but we had a lot of fun getting to see some friends and family that we don’t get to visit with that often.

My half marathon training plan called for a ‘fall back’ week last week and that ended up working out beautifully since we were entertaining guests.

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I was super grateful I didn’t have to squeeze in a long run over the weekend so I could just enjoy our friends and family and the activities we had planned. I still ran, but there’s a big difference for me between running 6 miles and running 11 miles – mentally & physically!

This is what week 5 of my training plan ended up looking like…

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 5 Miles with 5 Hill Sprints Thrown in @ a 7:45 pace (I’m pretty sure this was my fastest run of this training cycle so far, which surprised me because I felt like my recovery between those hill sprints was pretty slow)faster
  • Wednesday: Upper Body Strength Workout + 10 Minutes of Core Work
  • Thursday: 40 Minute Tempo Run on Treadmill (I covered 5 miles with two 10 minute blocks that I ran ‘fast’)
  • Friday: Cardio Strength Workout
  • Saturday: 6 Miles
  • Sunday: Rest

I originally planned to do closer to 7 miles on Saturday, but I wasn’t feeling it once I started running and I decided to just take full advantage of the fall back week and stop at 6 miles. Plus, this gave me a few extra minutes to get ready before rushing back out the door for Atlas’ soccer game that morning. Saturday was our day to bring snacks for Atlas’ soccer team. I had a little bit too much fun planning out the snacks and I made Halloween themed goodie bags and then had doughnuts made that looked like soccer balls. I’m taking this ‘soccer mom’ title pretty serious, if you couldn’t tell. 😉

I can’t believe we only have 3 weeks left until our race! I’m so excited and even though I’m not sticking to my training plan as closely as I wanted to, I’m feeling good about the race. I know it will be hard, but I keep telling myself that it is supposed to be hard. 13.1 miles shouldn’t feel easy.

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