Half Marathon Training – Week 6 (Jun 9 – 15)

This was an interesting week.  And it didn’t go quite as I had hoped.  I was having a lot of pain in the bottom of my feet, which is semi-new.  I had plantar fasciitis in early 2013, I ran on it for probably 8 weeks (including racing 3 half marathons), which is so not recommended but what can I say, I’m a crazy runner, and I had already signed up and paid for those races.

Anyways, this time around, I was going to deal with any issues right away so I emailed my coach, who is also my Physical Therapist, and I went in for a quick visit just to see what was going on.  I have a stand-up desk at work, YAY!  So I alternate between sitting on my ball chair & standing, however lately I’ve been standing a bit more and without the proper shoes so now, I’m alternating a bit more, wearing better work shoes & standing on my old yoga mat, all of which seems to be helping.  Oh, and stretching my calves & shins more too.

Monday – Easy Run – Actual: 3.05 miles 30:30, 10:01 pace

Tuesday – Strength Training – Actual: 30 minutes of using the Nautilis equipment at the work gym with some core work too

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Wednesday – This was a day that we changed quite a bit, originally it was supposed to be hill repeats, but then we (my coach & I) were going to do a Tempo Run, but when my feet were bothering me, we changed it to 60 min on the bike – Actual: 60 minutes, 21.1 miles PT visit in the evening

Thursday – 45 min run – Actual: My legs weren’t feeling it and I actually stopped to stretch a bit which didn’t help so I cut my run short – 3.7 miles, 34:59, 9:27 pace

Stretch it out
Stretch it out

Friday – 45 min Hill Repeats – Actual: I did the hill repeats on the treadmill as I was a bit lazy about getting out of bed this morning since I didn’t sleep half the night (this is what happens when you eat too much sugar – oops).

2.23 miles 26:08, 11:43 pace, 6×90 sec varying incline from 2 – 6 with speed increase from 6 – 8mph – I tried 8mph at an incline of 8 and almost fell off the treadmill so I scaled it back a bit.

Saturday – 1hr 30 min Long Run (try to stay around 9/9:30 min miles) – Actual: Again this run didn’t go as planned, I was properly hydrated at the beginning of the run, however I quickly became dehydrated and was even getting a bit lightheaded at certain points, which is really not good.  I drank Gatorade & water throughout the run but I was very happy to see 1:30 on my Garmin :).  1:30:02 for 9.07 miles at 9:56 pace – included a lot of walking around mile 7 and a stop light stop at mile 8.

How funny that I took this pic at 6:14a on 6/14 :)
How funny that I took this pic at 6:14a on 6/14 🙂

Sunday – Rest Day – Actual: Beach ball volleyball with my sister in the pool

And a Happy Father’s Day!  My dad was my original running buddy and while he can’t run any more due to knee issues, we used to run on vacation all the time.  He was even my track coach way back in the day when I was in grade school.

Running on the beach in Virginia Beach, 1993.  Back when I wore really baggy clothes and ran in cotton! Yikes!
Running on the beach in Virginia Beach, 1993. Back when I wore really baggy clothes and ran in cotton! Yikes!

And now to gear up for a really busy week, which includes getting my nutrition back on track.

 

One thought on “Half Marathon Training – Week 6 (Jun 9 – 15)”

  1. It’s nice to see the training plan that you are using, both planned and actual. I’m still fairly new to this running thing but this type of post not only lets me see that I am training similar to someone with much more experience, but also see that the obstacles are similar even with the additional experience. Keep up the good work!

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