Half Marathon Training: 2/8 – 2/14/16

After last week’s training recap, I was really hoping to come back this week with a better one. Spoiler alert: I’m not. This week really wasn’t great, which could have been for a multitude of reasons. With only three weeks left until my first half marathon of the year, I’m trying not to get too down on myself.


Monday: Yoga, 60:00. This was “heart opening” yoga this week, and there were many poses I’d never done before. It was mainly core and upper body stuff. Man, was I sore after!

Tuesday: 3 mi, 10:20 average. I ran in my new pair of Launch 2’s, and despite the fact that I forgot to put in my Superfeet insoles, they felt pretty good. My ITB felt better than it had over the weekend, which I was happy with. Foam rolled after.

Wednesday: Speed day, 4.75 mi total. 4 x 800 w/ 800 recovery, + wu/cd. My 800s were 4:25, 4:18, 4:25, 4:25, which I was happy with. They felt much easier than the last time I did them, but it probably helps that this workout was done indoors instead of in the cold + wind like the last time! I was aiming for 5 repeats, but it was getting pretty late and I had work stuff to do. Iced and foam rolled after.


Thursday: Rest day – I unfortunately didn’t even get in yoga. During Wednesday’s workout, I got some nagging pains in my right achilles and right quad (about 2/3 the way up the leg). I was freaked out with the quad pain, and decided to rest to see if it would calm down.

Friday: Skiing – the best cross training there is. My legs felt great, but it may have been because they were freakin’ frozen!

Saturday: 9.3 mi. I was determined to get my long run in even though it was -20 with the windchill outside. I decided to break up the run to break up the pounding from the treadmill. I had my Zooma Run Love Challenge 10K to run, as well as my Hogwarts Running Club Molly Weasley Ugly Jumper Run 5K, so I did each separately to do 15K for the day. I felt okay during the first run (10K), but the 5K was downright painful. Average pace for the two was about 10:35.


Sunday: Rest, epsom salt bath, foam rolled.

Total weekly miles: 17.05.

I was really bummed to miss out on my Thursday run – as that would have put me to 20+ miles for the week. In this point in my training I’d love to be hitting those miles. This week just wasn’t it for me. I was extremely stressed with some personal stuff, to the point where I lost my voice (not good for a speech pathologist) and had zero appetite, which without a doubt affected me. There were days I probably didn’t even drink 4 glasses of water or hit 700 calories. (Not cool Sam, not cool.)

Struggling to find the discipline in listening to my own body!

So where do I go this week, after two “bad” training weeks? It’s hard to say. I need to focus on my nutrition this week, but I also need to let my body heal. My ITBS flare-up isn’t getting any worse, but it’s also not getting better. The weird pain in my right quad doesn’t hurt so much when I run, but I’m surely being cautious that it doesn’t turn into anything than a muscle (hopefully) knot or ache.

While part of me hates to do it, I know I need to give my body a break with all that’s going on. If Tuesday comes and my quad is still hurting, it’s to the elliptical I will go. I need to focus on eating and drinking better again, because I haven’t been fueling my body well lately. While I know my fitness is great right now and I feel good with that three weeks from my race – I’m not sure my legs would make it through at this point in time. A few days on an elliptical won’t kill me in order to let my legs heal up a bit. I know my goals for this race, and it’s not a huge PR. I want to get through it with a course PR (sub 2:27) and be healthy for my other spring races.

In other news, I won a free entry to a half marathon in Baltimore in December through last night’s Run Chat! I’m really excited, because the race is really flat for a Baltimore race and it’s right near my birthday. Plus, it’s free! I’ll be rethinking the latter half of my fall race schedule to make the most of the opportunity.

Have any of you dealt with random pains just three weeks out from a race? Anyone else run the Zooma Run Love Challenge this weekend? 


13 thoughts on “Half Marathon Training: 2/8 – 2/14/16

  1. That is so awesome that you won a free entry to that race!! I haven’t heard about this yet, but Im kind of excited! We never get to run flat races in Baltimore and it looks like a great course!
    Sorry your week wasn’t great, but you are right that a few days or rest or elliptical won’t be the worst thing. It’s better to give your body a change to recover!


    • I think this is the first year it’s been in Baltimore, but the course is so different than many other races. Actually, I kinda love how races in Baltimore have varying courses! I sure hope some rest helps!


  2. I have never done the Hamptons half but would love to someday! I am so sorry to here that you are having trouble with your IT band. Make sure you give yourself enough rest so that it doesn’t get worse. Hopefully you will have more pain free miles coming your way soon!


  3. Awesome that you won a free entry!! I definitely struggled with some IT band pain prior to a half and I ran it anyway. While I’m glad I ran it, I shouldn’t have…it was excruciating for a big portion of the race. I also did not rest well though, knowing the pain was there. Rest and recover, it’ll be best in the end.


  4. Ugh I actually had some random knee pain just crop up, which is freaking me out. I’m going to ice it today, pop some Ibuprofen and foam roll. If I need to take a few days off I will. That’s so fun you won entry into a race right around your birthday!


    • Those are definitely good ideas! I tend to only take ibuprofen if I know I’m going to rest, or else it feels better and I run on it anyways <– not a good practice! A few days isn't horrible to miss in the long run! Thanks! I'm really excited, I rarely win things!


  5. I’m sorry to hear you have those nagging aches! I’m not sure if you have someone in the area that does ART, but even one session makes a huge difference for me. I had a really stressful internship in college, so I feel you there. If it helps, I don’t remember most of it – so maybe your brain will block it all out for you when your done!


    • I’ve never done anything like ART but it’s worth a try. My area is pretty limited but I’ll look into it, maybe Momma S. would spoil me with a session 😛 If only it were my internship! It’s some stuff with my former land lord in NY. My internship is awesome. I’m so sad the first part of it is coming to an end this week!


  6. Sorry about your nagging aches. I’ve definitely been there during some of my training cycles. I hope it gets better but that is really awesome you won a free race entry. You can’t beat that!


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