Half Training Week 2 and…this one time at band camp…

Monday – Bike 5 miles 

Tuesday – 3 miles easy/Strength circuit

Wednesday – Restorative Yoga

Thursday – Speed work 1600, 800 X 2, 400 X 2 (3.5 miles total with warm up and cool down)

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 6 miles

Sunday – 3.5 miles recovery run

This past week has been a tough one!  I just found out my current position has been turned into a full time position for next year.  This is excellent news but I have been on campus almost every day with meetings and completing a ton of paperwork all while teaching a band camp…and yes, I have heard “this one time at band camp” more times than I care to mention!

Band camp is tough.  The schedule is something like this:

7:30 Breakfast

8:30-10:30 Marching on the field

11:00-12:15 Sectionals

12:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Sectionals

3:30-5:00 Full band

5:30 Dinner

7:00-10:00 Marching on the field

I have it easier than the students because I only do sectionals and full band, but still that is a lot of time on my feet (and they have definitely been talking to me).  This morning’s run was one of the slowest I have had in a while and felt really hard.  I seem to have selective memory when it comes to Clarksville.  I always seem to conveniently forget how hilly it actually is.  I have another run scheduled on Thursday which is my last day here and hopefully it will go a little better.  On the bright side, it was 66 degrees out this morning when I ran (ridiculously cool for July in Tennessee) and it felt AWESOME!!!!

Oh, and did I mention….I get to stay in a dorm room.

Holy Track Workout Batman!

Last night was our final night of speedwork and we ended with a doozie of a workout!

Many of us were expecting to do another mile time trial to compare with our first one 8 weeks ago and be finished so my heart sunk a little when I opened the email that contained the following workout:

1600m, 800m x 2, 400m x 2

Holy crap!  I HATE 800s…with a passion.  I have so much trouble pacing myself in the first lap to hit my time goal.  I either go out way too fast and then slow down or I am too conservative and kill myself on the second lap trying to hit my time.  Oh, and what do they mean two 800s and two 400s  after the mile?!?!?!?!

I got to the track after a really long and exhausting day thinking hey, I could just pick up my t-shirt, run the mile, and go home.  (If you know me at all, you know these were just empty threats).  I started the mile and went out pretty slow for my first lap then gradually started to pick it up.  I knew I shouldn’t go full out because I still had the rest of the workout so I tried to hold back.  While I will never be a speed demon and still finished next to last, I took a whopping 26 seconds off of my time trial!  Holy crap, how did I do that?!

Sadly, the rest of the workout did not go as well.  I finished the entire thing but I was under time goal on everything…by at least 15 seconds!  The second 800 and 400 were even slower than the first but I know I gave it everything I had and hello?  26 seconds is pretty darn awesome in my book!

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This chapter of speed work comes to a close but chapter 2 opens up in two weeks because speed work (with the same coach) is included in my half training plan…lucky me!

*Hopefully you get the oozing sarcasm because I am actually super excited about it!  WAHOO!!!!!

 

Half marathon training begins

Without realizing it, I decided to run The Women’s Half, The Middle Half, and Ragnar with only a week between each race…what can I say, I am an overachiever!  

I have run 14 half marathons and 2 full marathons so far and did all of the training on my own (not something I recommend) but since I have such an ambitious race calendar coming up I decided to do coached training this time around. Hopefully it will (1) help me become a stronger finisher and (2) allow me to meet people who run close to my pace since everyone I know runs much faster than me.

Today was our first day of training and our first group long run.  The plan was 5 miles and we all started as a group but soon we all split up.  I ended up running the last 3 miles by myself – without music (something else I am working on).  It was hot but I felt pretty strong throughout the entire thing.  

Like the speed work, I think the group training is going to be good for me.  Had I been by myself I probably would have taken extra walk breaks but I stuck to a 2:1 interval and still finished strong. What can I say?  I guess I need accountability.

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