Half Marathon Training: Week 2

I can hardly believe I’m already on to week THREE on half marathon training!

One (extremely important) thing I’ve learned in this short amount of time of training is to take it one. step. at. a. time. Sometimes when I look too far ahead into the training plan or even think about the goal in sight, it seems impossible. I must remind myself to take it one workout at a time. One mile at a time. Some days, quite literally one STEP at a time. 

I’ve also learned and realized how thankful I am to have Lifelong Endurance by my side every step of the way. The accountability surely helps, but trusting the process is a great feeling. I know I couldn’t be in better hands and that the plan is laid out for me – it’s just up to me to put in the work!

Let’s see how week 2 went!

(8/14/17 – 8/20/17)

Monday

Plan: 6 miles easy/6.00/58:17/9:43 min/mile

Ran: 6.05/57:44/9:33 min/mile

It was a warm afternoon run, but wasn’t too bad – it was “only” 92 degrees! The first mile I felt stiff but felt better and better as the miles went on and felt great afterwards!


Tuesday

Plan: 2 miles easy, 5x 3:00@8:30-8:00, 2:00@9:30, 2 easy/7.5 miles/1:07:38/9:01 min/mile

Ran: 7.51 miles/1:10:08/9:21 min/mile splits: 10:13, 9:34, 8:45, 8:41, 8:47, 9:42, 9:39, 9:43

Another warm day but I didn’t let that ruin my run! I took my warm up and cool down seriously, though 🙂 and I hit all my paces! It wan’t easy… but it’s not supposed to be! Pushing myself like this is a little much different than I’m used to (I usually just run slow and easy), but I am loving the challenge. The specific workouts make the miles fly by!


Wednesday

Plan: 5 easy miles/5.0/48:45/9:45 min/mile

Ran: 5.01/48:30/9:41 min/mile + kickboxing

I have been starting realllly slow. I have a bit of a bothersome muscle (left upper hamstring) that has been taking a while to warm up. It bothered me to start today but was fine after a few miles. I spoke with Coach about it and have a plan of action (warming up & self massage) so I’m not too worried at this point. The “feels like” temp today was 105 so I was pretty wiped after this run! This whole running-in-the-summer-heat thing is starting to get to me!


Thursday

Plan: 3 easy miles + cross training/3.0/29:15/9:45 in/mile

Ran: 3.02/28:43/9:30 min/mile + spin class

It was GROSS outside. Not to be a Negative Nancy, but I was glad when this run was over. It was humid, and about 6 thousand tiny bugs plummeted to their death on my sweaty body in a matter of a little over 20 minutes. Straight to the shower I went and felt slightly better afterwards. Even small tasks like grocery shopping are pretty miserable in this heat and I think that being sticky with sweat throughout the day was making me just plain grumpy! Keepin’ it real here…


Friday

Plan: 6 miles “Out and Back” – 3 miles easy, 3 miles @ 8:30 or faster/6.0/55:30/9:15 min/mile

Ran: 6.01/54:48/9:07 min/mile splits: 10:31/9:41/9:31/8:29/8:24/8:05

I needed a huge attitude adjustment today! I did a lot of walking. I felt discouraged. I found myself getting way ahead of myself and thinking I’m tired… I won’t hit my paces… I won’t be able to do my long run tomorrow… I will never be fast… woah woah WOAH! I made myself stop. I made myself stop thinking so far ahead and focus on TODAY’S run. THIS mile. I had to do this a couple times and take it one single mile at a time. After this run is when I learned I can’t think too far ahead. I CAN handle today’s workout. And I proved that with this run. And that’s what matters.

 

Saturday

 

Plan: Long run/6 miles easy, 3 miles @ 8:30, 2 miles easy, last mile hard/12.0 miles/1:57:00/9:15 min/mile

Ran: 12.01/1:50:20/9:11 min/mile splits: 9:21, 9:43, 9:44, 9:58, 9:38, 8:14, 8:29, 8:14, 9:37, 9:42, 7:53!

IT FELT GOOD! Don’t get me wrong, it was TOUGH. BUT! I did NOT expect it to feel good. At all. After last week’s 14 miles being… how do I put this… MISERABLE… I was feeling a little pessimistic about this week’s long run.

The humidity was down a bit and I got an early start, so it didn’t feel terrible outside. I also had a great running buddy who paced me the entire time and made sure I was on track. I brought my apple sauce and had water stops along the way. I did stop to walk a couple times, but not much. The run felt much more manageable than I thought it would! I just felt overall really great about this run. I needed this run.


Sunday

Rest day!

Total miles for the week: 39.5 (64K)


How have you been managing in the heat?

Have you ever had a streak of “bad” runs? Did it pay off in the end?

Upcoming races: Plano Balloon Fest Half Marathon (September 24), Portland Marathon, Half (October 8), BCS Marathon, Half (December 10)

23 thoughts on “Half Marathon Training: Week 2

  1. Great week!!! I’ve been dying in the humidity, but my coach just encouraged me to go on effort and not worry about the pace as much. The important thing is just to keep going- and the payoff when the weather cools will be great! ❤️❤️❤️. I love that you do this! I want to be better about blogging my running journey as I prep for my marathon this December! You’re inspiring me!!

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    1. Thank you so much!!! Yes I have been allowing myself to go off effort as well and Coach has been flexible and understanding with the heat… he lives in CO, where the weather isn’t miserable 🙂 but he understands :). I do enjoy blogging my journey when I’m on a training plan! It’s a great way to reflect and track progress! I just started doing the “plan” vs “ran” style and hope it makes sense:)! Good luck on your marathon training! You will crush it!! ❤️

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      1. Does plan vs ran mean you just got a coach?? I just got a running coach in May so this is my first time with a plan as well!!

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      2. That’s great! Yes!! I love having a coach!! I feel like I’m in such great hands and having a plan just feels great. No second guessing/winging it! 🙂

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  2. Yes, the heat really drains a person. I think I prefer running in the cold vs. the heat. Anyway, you are doing well and inspiring me; although my marathon days are long since gone and it has been about three years since I have done a half-marathon. The 5Ks are still fun.

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    1. Yes it is nice running in cool weather, but I have a hard time getting motivated when it’s too cold… & thank you so much! I really appreciate it! Thank you for the encouragement. I’m so glad you’re still enjoying 5Ks!

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    1. Yes – one step at a time with everything in life. So many things that I’ve learned through running apply to everyday life as well. Patience, consistency, hard work, struggles, pain, failure, and success.

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  3. Way to go! I’ve been running in the mornings to try and beat the heat here in Minnesota. Luckily, the humidity hasn’t been too bad in the mornings. And if it is hot, I know that my pace might not be reachable for that run and just run by what feels easy or pushing myself (based on what type of run I have).

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    1. Thank you! That’s a good point. I sit in a FREEZING cold office building all day long. One thing I can hardly stand… everyone likes to over-compensate during the summer and really crank the A/C! Can’t wait for cooler temps either, and warmer buildings 🙂

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  4. Hey Ms Texas just a quick check in to make sure you stay safe in that storm. My vacation was great. I got engaged in Paris! Yep there will be a Mrs Dr Joey. Her mother was very disappointed when she realized that the Dr was not a medical one LOL. ( June 16, 2018 date set).I walked an average of 12 -13 miles a day through Europe, and really came home in great shape.I also hit the gym quite often. The food was great.However, I limited the cheat days and ate al lot of fresh fruit and fish daily. HA HA, you are becoming more and more of a runner everyday.I see you are involved in the ongoing battle with the out of shape co workers who want the AC cranked to the max VS us thin runners who freeze :). My partner and I battled nightly in the squad are over this -I never gave in 🙂 I’m still really missing the running, but adjusting to the carido machines. Good luck with the half – I know you will kill it! Again, be safe in that storm and go save those Ducks :).

    And has always ,run safe

    Dr Joey

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    1. Wow! Congratulations Dr. Joey! That’s awesome! Very happy for you! Glad you’re staying active and trying to enjoy other activities… Thanks for checking in – fortunately Dallas is doing just fine. We are actually just getting some cooler weather out of it and some rain. Houston is in bad shape – thousand are stranded on their rooftops. Hoping the best for everyone in the middle of it. Thanks for saying I’m becoming a runner lol… some days I feel like I’m just getting slower and slower! I guess that’s part of it. Maybe I just need to make it over this hump. I avoid the ducks completely now! 🙂 So I’ve learned something, I guess. Take care, Dr. Joey!! 🙂

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      1. Glad you were not hit with that storm! I guess the Ducks don’t need saving then LOL. It is very sad watching the news from Houston. On a happier note, you are a runner :). We all suffer slumps at some point. I can’t tell you how many times I would just be flat. However, I always remained calm and let it come back to me. I know you know this. But sometimes we feel better knowing that it’s a common problem. On the other hand,I’m thinking you and Derby are just becoming slackers. Those pictures are very incriminating LOL.
        Be safe 🙂
        Joey!

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      2. Lol! Derby and I are most definitely slackers! I love running, but afterwards I’m a couch potato for life! I’m glad the ducks don’t need saving because they would be on their own. They have threatened me one too many times. Yes, it is good to know it’s a common problem. Had a nice run today so maybe I’m making it out of the slump… we’ll see. Thanks Dr. Joey!

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  5. HA HA. Yes, Ducks are often regarded as one of the fiercest of all fresh water inhabitants :). I’m certain it was nothing you inflicted upon them this past year LOL. ( So how many runners in that park have this issue LOL :).Ok Ms Texas, have fun in Tulsa! This is my first September that is not going to be filled with marathon prepping. I’m back in school Monday :(. And thanks for the congrats of the engagement. Yay, wedding planning for 10 months LOL. As always run and travel safe. I will check in before the holidays.
    Joey – Still feel odd with the Doc title LOL.

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    1. Lol well it’s officially “Doc” now so get used to it! As for the ducks, I definitely never charged towards them in attempt to take pics… they just hate me for no reason at all 🙂 enjoy being back at school! And wedding planning sounds right up your alley!!:) Thanks Joey… we will see if I can get a little faster. I know I can, just a matter of when… lol 🙂

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