Half Marathon Training So Far

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.

InnerAct Red Ribon Half Marathon & Run Lakeland Florida

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.

Weeks 2 3 4 5 half marathon training

The mileage for last week (36) would have been higher but a massive thunder storm stopped the track workout about four miles short.

Key Workouts

Hill Repeats

Hill Repeats August 13 Lakeland

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.

Track Workouts

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.

Hills

Hills Sept 3 Lakeland

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.

Long Runs

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.

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Week 1 Half Marathon Training

I am training for the InnerAct Alliance Red Ribbon Half Marathon & Run in Lakeland, Florida. This is the inaugural year and the first Half Marathon hosted in Polk County.

InnerAct Red Ribon Half Marathon & Run Lakeland Florida

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I talked about it in my last post, that I signed up for a training group. We received our plan last week and officially started on Monday. The group does three runs per week together. Monday had an easy run of 30-40 minutes on the schedule. I was not able to do this workout because of a DEC Steering Committee meeting. I have two Monday after work meetings a month and will have to move that run to Sunday.

The first group run was Tuesday. It started at the Red Door Wine Market in Lakeland. On Tuesday, FITniche hosts a Pub Run and this allowed my small group of six, to run with a much larger group. The training group started with a one mile warm-up. The group is comprised of people with various goals and experience, which is nice because I was worried about being the slowest. The workout had us run the three miles with the larger group with two miles at 10K pace and a one mile cool down.

Red Door Wine Market Pub Run 8-6-13

The route is really pretty and takes you by two lakes. So nice to switch up the scenery from my typical running routes. The place was packed after the run and the food looked pretty good. I definitely plan on eating here with J.

Thursday was my first ever track run.(Not counting being forced every year in school to run on it for the Presidential Physical Fitness test. Not sure what the point of that thing was, there was no chance I was ever going to be able to do a pull-up, so failure was imminent.) We started off with a warm-up run around the track and did some dynamic stretching as a group. The stretching and warm-up exercises are something that I want to start including into my workouts. (The exercises included butt kicks, high knees, and strides.)  Doing a proper warm-up, really helped my body feel ready to move fast.

The track workout consisted of 2×400, 1×800, 1×1600, 1×800, and 2×400. The rest time in between the intervals is half the time it takes you to run. We were each given a goal pace, which worked out to be about our 5K paces. I was surprised that I was able to run each one at about a minute per mile faster than my goal pace. I was definitely pushing but I wonder if I can do that when it’s 91 degrees, am I underperforming in the 5K? The time was a recent 5K time, so it’s not an old time. My track takeaway, painful but I can definitely see the benefit in doing it.

The last run of the week was a six mile run with the group at Mitchell’s Coffee House. I have run with this group before and highly recommend it if you are in the Lakeland area. The run is split into groups doing various distances, today it was 13.1 (the InnerAct Red Ribbon Half Marathon route), nine, six, and three miles. So nice that there is a distance for everyone. The route for the six-mile, takes you past three lakes.

Mitchell's Coffee Run Six Miles Lakeland Florida

The portions that are not around lakes, take you through historic South Lakeland. The houses are really beautiful and unique. It really is an amazing place to run. I love that even through it was early, there are a ton of runners and bikers out trying to avoid the deadly Florida August sun.

I did get one full body strength training session in on Wednesday. I am finally finished with Stage Three of The New Rules Of Lifting For Women. I do want to continue to Stage Four but am starting to get bored with doing the same exercises. I am seeing progress physically and with my strength but it might be time to try something new.

My first week running with a training group was great and I cannot wait for week two!

Running Around

I hope everyone had a happy and healthy holiday season! Mine was very low-key but full of fun.

J and I Cinderella's Castle Christmas Lights Disney Magic Kingdom

J and I spent a lot of time admiring the lights at Disney which makes even Cinderella’s Castle prettier. (That night was so cold and I actually was able to wear my winter coat. Yes, it does get cold in Central Florida.)

I decided to run Gasparilla again. It was the most fun race I ran last year and I needed to put something on my schedule to keep my motivation up.

Gasparilla Half Marathon Medal 2012 Tampa

My training is going well but strength training has fallen to the wayside. I find that it is easy to stick to either a lifting schedule or a running schedule but putting them together something gives. The Smart Coach plan from Runner’s World has runs five days a week and I have little motivation to go to the gym on my one off day. The solution is probably to lift in the morning before work and run after. I just cannot seem to get up any earlier to actually make it to the gym. So that is something to work on in 2013.

The following are Weeks One through Three of this current cycle of half marathon training. I like that Smart Coach has pace ranges for each run based on your most current race time. Sticking to those paces has helped me feel like I am getting faster. My A goal for Gasparilla is 2:14.

Week One Half Marathon Training December 2012

Week Two Half Marathon Training December 2012

Week Three Half Marathon Training December 2012

Do you have a race on the schedule?

Losing My Run

Training for my third half has been frustrating. Writing about this frustration may have helped but I tend to internalize self-annoyance and could not find the right words.

I have maintained a somewhat decent weekly mileage while loosely interpreting three different training plans.

Half Marathon Training Weeks 1 through 14

Weeks 43 and 46 were both weeks that I was sick.

I had a difficult time sticking to one training plan having changed three times in fourteen weeks. The issue is that my body is capable of running five or six days a week but months of that is draining mentally. (Plus it sometimes causes my husband to claim he never sees me and that I spend more time out of the house than in it.) That coupled with all the stress of the election (as the President of the Polk County Young Democrats and being in charge of the DEC weekly newsletter) was biting off more than I could chew. So what is the solution?

I want to get faster and to do that I know I need much higher weekly mileage. For slow pokes such as myself, fitting 40 miles per week in is a serious time commitment. I need to find a better way to increase my mileage and not feeling like the only I do is run. I also want to see some results and know that will require pushing myself outside of the comfort zone of 11 minute miles when I know I can run faster. (Sometimes I feel like I’m afraid of the discomfort of running faster. If that makes any sense.)

The plan so far is run the Orlando Half Marathon this coming Saturday. I will run it with few expectations but secretly hoping to PR (2.31.38 from March of 2012). Then find a new and better fit training plan for Gasparilla Half Marathon in February.

So there it is, all the reasons why I haven’t been posting and have felt bad about my running.

Chill Out

Half Marathon Training Week Twelve

If you would like to follow my other weeks of training, they can be found on my Workouts page. I break my half marathon training down by week to make it easier to follow.

Half Marathon Training Week 12

Key Workouts:

Easy Runs: 3/3

Speedwork: 1/1

Long Run: 0/1

Strength Training: 1/2

Cross Training: 1/1

Total Miles: 21.53

This week was not my best week. My easy runs were fine, no issues, but my speedwork on Thursday was a disaster. I ended up calling that run a few miles before it was supposed to be over. The pace felt really fast, the weather was bothering me, and I could not get myself to continue mentally.

Supposed to be a tempo run

I rarely have runs like this and I am not sure of the exact cause but maybe it has to do with overall stress? As positive as I am trying to be, being out of work is rough. I feel slightly depressed and the lack of interviews is makes me feel rejected.

I missed my long run on Saturday because I attended a political event that ended up lasting for four hours. I did not have the time to run and make our dinner reservation. I might have been able to run but would not have been able to shower and do my hair/make-up. If J plans a romantic night, I like to at be somewhat presentable. (Plus he sees me in my pajamas and messy hair most of the time because I am home a lot more now. Have to keep a little romance alive.) I attempted to do a make-up long run on Sunday but the weather was nasty. So cross training and some streamed Teen Wolf was in order.

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As an aside, is anyone else watching this show? The first season aired last summer and it seemed to get some buzz especially for a show on MTV that is not Jersey Shore. I have only watched a few episodes but I like it so far.

Back to the regularly scheduled running talk…

My training for the Half on March 4th has been strong, so I am not going to stress a few missed runs.

How do you handle missing workouts?

Any new shows to recommend?

Half Marathon Training Week 12 In Review

You can follow my previous weeks training and current DVD rotation on my Workouts page.

Sunday: Yoga 60 Minutes

Monday: 30 Day Shred Level One 20 Minutes

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 3.03 Miles

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Rest

Saturday: A 5K That Was Not 3.1 Miles 2.35 Miles

Thoughts:The rain derailed my running this week. I felt pretty unmotivated last week in general because of some work stress but feel that the slower week was beneficial. This week, I am feeling renewed and ready to stay strong for the next few weeks leading to my first Half. Even though my 5K on Saturday wasn’t , I was on pace for a PR and was faster than my training plan calls for to run a 2:45 Half. Even though time is not important to me, I am in it to finish, it still feels good to be on the right track.

Some of you may remember how much I disliked the picture on the cover of Steve Jobs biography Steve Jobs.The picture bothers me. It is creepy and the eyes follow you like in a horror movie. (I of course am deeply sorry for Steve Jobs’ family and their loss but I could not resist sharing the two pictures below.)

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J actually sent me this picture below. It is of Frank Gorshin who was the The Riddler in the original TV Batman. I cannot believe that this pose is a common one for book covers.

Frank Gorsin Steve Jobs Similar Picture

I would like to put it on official internet record that if I ever am on the cover of a book (not sure why I would be but lets pretend), I will find a way to pose that is not obnoxious.

How has your training gone this week?

Anything silly bothering you that you would like to get off your chest?

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Half Marathon Training Week 11 In Review

You can follow my previous weeks training and current DVD rotation on my Workouts page.

Sunday: 30 Minutes Elliptical. 15 minutes Upper Body.

Monday: 10.05 Miles! (This is my personal distance record and I am still thrilled about this run.)

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 2.41 Miles

Thursday: 30 Day Shred Level 1

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 4.26 Miles

Thoughts: I feel really great mentally about getting over the double digit run hump. Lately, my strength training has gone out the window and I am starting to notice a difference in my level of strength. I need be more consistent but am having a hard time spending 40 to 60 minutes on a full body routine. Starting the 30 Day Shred again seemed like a good idea because it is short and I always see results.

My training plan calls for a 5K to access time goals. Ultimately, my goal is to finish the Half but I love to run 5K’s and this one is almost too good to be true.

The 2011 Margarita Run – 5K Urban Run & 1 Mile Walk.

Why is this race so perfect?

It’s near my house. (I normally drive upwards of an hour to race in Orlando.)

The race starts at 5:00 PM (It is late and close enough that J can actually attend and still get his studying done.)

It is for a really great cause.

Plus there is the promise of Margarita’s.

Do you have any upcoming fun races? Is it just me, or are small local races super fun?

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Ten Miles And A Garmin Fail

1. I ran my first double digit run! 10.05 miles to be exact and it was wonderful. I have five weeks left until my first Half Marathon and I needed to break the double digit barrier to feel more prepared for this race.

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2. I have no idea how to use my Garmin. For the previously mentioned double digit run, I chose a course, uploaded it to the watch, and expected it to somewhat direct me where to go to follow that course. That is not what happened. I ended up doing my own thing and ignored what my Garmin was doing. Lesson learned, read your manual, and do not assume you know what you are doing.

3. My days off allowed me to catch up on TV. I finally watched Revenge and I am hooked. The show is like a delectable piece of gossip. Lots of soapy fun.

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Do you assume you can use electronics, skip reading the owners manual, and get frustrated when it does not work?

What is your favorite new show of the fall season?

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Half Marathon Training Week Ten In Review

You can follow my previous weeks training and current DVD rotation on my Workouts page.

Sunday: 2.33 Miles

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday: Was to sick to workout. Had a pretty bad cold and thought it best to take it easy.

Thursday: 3.15 Miles

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 3.41 Miles

Thoughts: This week was rough. After last weeks low motivation and mileage week, I really wanted this week to be stronger but sometimes you get sick. Being sick, coupled with a massively stressful work announcement, made my body non-functional.

I was lucky to get some really good advice from a more experienced runner this week that made me feel better. Just worry about finishing. I am not fast and I am still a new runner, finishing a half marathon will be a huge accomplishment for me and I am OK with that.

Now I am ready to get to work for Week 11. I have two days off this week and will enjoy every second of it.

A few race pictures from the Miracle Miles 15K. Pictures courtesy of TIP Films.

What I noticed about the pictures:

Do I ever stop looking at my Garmin? My last race, I forgot to stop it until well over the finish line, so this one I was obsessively saying turn off watch like some kind of crazed mantra as I crossed the finish line. Does not make for a cool race photo.

When I spot the cameraman (which I must have in the final picture), I don’t look all that terrible when I run.

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How do you handle a training week when you are sick?

Half Marathon Training Week Nine In Review

You can follow my previous weeks training and current DVD rotation on my Workouts page.

Sunday: Yoga 60 Minutes

Monday: Elliptical 30 Minutes

Tuesday: 3.22 Miles

Wednesday: Yin Yoga 90 Minutes

Thursday: 2.34 Miles

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest (I had to work the entire day for Year End.)

Thoughts:I did not do the speed training scheduled for Saturday. I thought I could do it before I went into the office but slept too late. My strength training has dropped off a cliff in the last few weeks, I need to schedule it in and actually do it. This was a very low mileage week, I want to go back to adding a fourth day of running. I felt fine doing that as long as it was at an easy pace.

Goals for the coming weeks:

1. Stick to the plan.

2. Make time for strength training.

3. Keep going to Yoga.

I had some fun playing with my new camera this week. Some of the pictures I took.

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Balloon is going to get you.

Tail & The Baloon

I control this balloon with my glowy eyes.

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Through a window. It seemed like a good idea.

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My neighbors think I am strange because I am taking pictures of the street.

How do you handle having an off week?

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