I am currently training for InnerAct Alliance Red Ribbon Half Marathon & Run in Lakeland, Florida. It will be my fifth half marathon and the first one that I trained with a group.
What is different during this training cycle?
- Running with a group
- Track workouts
- Running hills
My mileage and days running are actually less than in past training cycles. I am really enjoying having one complete rest day and being able to fit in two days of full-body weight training.
Total mileage from weeks two through five.
The mileage for last week (36) would have been higher but a massive thunder storm stopped the track workout about four miles short.
In this workout we ran up the hills and walked back down. It hurt but the Red Ribbon Half is a hilly course, running these repeats can only help.
8×400 Repeats with 200 walks in between
Painful but helpful to feel speedy (which rarely if ever happens to me.)
7×800 Repeats with 200 walks in between
Painful again but the Lakeland High School marking band practices when we run, so that was fun.
I didn’t even know they had hills like this in Florida. They are massive and they sure are painful. This is a route I will remember and incorporate when training for future races.
The group is up to nine miles and I am already feeling a difference. Just looking through runs of similar distance from the beginning of 2013, I am significantly faster. As someone who is on the slow side and my number one goal is to get faster, this is really making my day.