Kaiser Half Training: Week One

This morning, we got the keys to our new apartment. We’re not moving far, literally just round the corner to a smaller apartment in the same complex. Bay Area rents are ridiculous and the proposed rent increase to our current place was too much to tolerate. So we’re ‘downsizing’. I’m trying not to be grumpy about it because it’s such a first world problem and I am such a lucky girl…but sob.

Anyway. Week One of Kaiser training is done. You may remember that it was supposed to be ‘Warm Up Week’ but on Wednesday, I realized I was 3 weeks late starting my training plan so it suddenly became Week One. And it went well. I churned out 29 miles which is my highest mileage week for 7 weeks. I followed the 80/20 rule religiously and my legs feel really good on it – not tired at all.


Tuesday: 6 miles at 9.48 pace

For the first time in a month, I got to run ‘fast as I had one ‘tempo’ mile in this run. I was very curious to see how my legs would do – would they hold a decent pace comfortably? would I see an 8:xx or was 9:xx my new tempo pace? would I want to die at the end? In the end, my tempo mile was 8.31 pace and my legs held the pace relatively comfortably! I was really happy.

Wednesday: 4.1 miles at 9.20 pace

A cold morning. Mile 1 was a warm up and then I tried to hold tempo pace for two miles. They turned out to be 8.35 and 8.22 respectively. My legs were tired at the end so I slowed it right down for the final mile to really let them recover. I was super-happy with the tempo miles, especially the second.

Wednesday was also my favourite time to be a Brit - Bonfire Night! This was Muir Beach's bonfire where I got to meet Tim and rope him into the Kaiser Half :)
Wednesday was also my favourite time to be a Brit – Bonfire Night! This was Muir Beach’s bonfire and bag-piper, where I got to meet Tim and rope him into the Kaiser Half 🙂


Thursday: Rest

My parents left California. Sob.

Friday: Long run. 10 miles with M4 and M8 at tempo

This wasn’t quite what was prescribed in the plan (clearly I’m totally rubbish at following plans) but I wanted to run 10 miles and I wanted to throw 2 tempo miles in there as well. 80/20, eh?  I took it really easy during the slower miles and ran two faster miles at 8.34 and 8.39. My legs were tired at the end of this run.

Saturday: Recovery Run at 11.03 pace

4 very easy miles in the dense fog. Then I spent the day packing our place up.

Karl the Fog was visiting the FC
Karl the Fog was visiting the FC

Sunday: Easy run. 4.3 easy miles at 10.25 pace

I don’t usually run 5 days in a week but this 80/20 malarkey requires increased volume if it’s going to work so I headed out for one last run this week. 45 minutes. Again, I kept it really slow and gentle.

Beautiful luminous light in the mornings
Beautiful luminous light in the mornings


This first week has gone fairly well, I think. I’m really happy with the amount of miles I’ve put in and especially happy with how good my legs feel at the end of those miles. I’m also REALLY psyched for the training. I’ve done myself a spreadsheet and it will be printed and stuck on my new fridge when we finally move in next week. There’s an excitement about running and training that I haven’t felt for a long time, and that’s making me really happy.

I’ve discussed before my reservations and concerns about 80/20 and whether or not it’s going to significantly change my running to enable me to PR in February. So I’ve signed me and the Husband up for a 10k on New Year’s Day! The days of partying are well and truly over (parenthood!) so I’m well up for racing hard at the start of 2015. We’re doing the  Race To End World Hunger in Mountain View. I’m not quite sure how it will end world hunger but it should give me a good idea of how my training is going and what I need to do in the four remaining weeks.

Have a great week, everyone!

Okay. One week down. Week Two…here we come!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Jen says:

    Yay for a successful first week! And I’ll be VERY disappointed if you and Rich don’t end world hunger with the 10K! LOL 😉

  2. Nic J says:

    All sounds really promising and sounds like your legs are definitely recovering! Great news!

    1. Cathryn says:

      I should be in good shape for Vegas, baby! Do we need to book yet?

  3. Grace says:

    World hunger? Go for something bigger. Like world peace! A New Year’s Day 10k – brave soul! I probably won’t be getting out of bed till rather late in the day…
    I forgot to ask last post – what about jumping into your training plan at week 2 or 3 so that you miss the early weeks (you’ve already done 3 weeks of base training anyway) and finish on time? Is that an option for you?

    1. Cathryn says:

      That’s the thing – when you have kids, you NEVER want a hangover, so you may as well race. Especially if it solves one of the biggest problems facing mankind!

      Ref the training plan, that’s pretty much what I’ve done. I dropped one of the two taper weeks and started at week 2 or 3, I think. Looking at where I ‘should’ be, I’m pretty much there.

  4. Angela says:

    Gaaaah I am so bummed I’m going to miss Kaiser, AGAIN!! It will be interesting to see how doing more easier running is working out for you.

    1. Cathryn says:

      Yeah, I’m interested to see how that goes too. Usually I don’t go above 25 miles. 30 sometimes if it’s near a race, but I’m pretty steady in my mileage. We’ll see how I fare when it ramps up to 50-odd. GUTTED you won’t be there for Kaiser 😦

  5. Spreadsheets on fridges work! That’s the only time I pay enough attention to my plan, when it is on the fridge.

    1. Cathryn says:

      It’s all about the fridge, no treble!

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