Kaiser Half Training: Week Six

What a rubbish week’s running! So much frustration here!!

I had a great plan. Some running at the start of the week, two days tapering and then Saturday’s trail half-marathon, Summit Rock. And it was all going so well.


Monday: Rest Day

After the past weekend’s tempo run and long run, my legs were tired. I’d planned to go to my new gym (I even visited it and officially registered) but in the end, I did nothing. I needed that rest day.

Tuesday: Hill Repeats

After the morning’s encouraging visit to the cardiologist, I celebrated with hill repeats. Seal Point was deliciously green after the recent rains. I ran just over a mile as warm up and then 10 repeats up the hill, which was roughly 0.1 mile up and the same down. I then ran a cool-down to make it to 4 miles. I’ll be honest, the hill repeats were tough. I’ve not run hills for a long time. The weekend’s race (up a giant hill) would be fun. 4 miles at 10.04 pace.

Wednesday: Cruise Interval Run

A new workout from 80/20. Ten minutes warm up and then 4 repeats of (8 mins tempo pace, 3 mins recovery) and then jog home. I actually really enjoyed this run. I’m not sure of my pace but when I glanced down, each tempo pace seemed to be about 8.30, more or less. 6 miles at 9.14 pace. 

Thursday: Rest

If you didn’t hear about it, a massive storm hit the Bay Area. High winds and deluges of rain. Here on the peninsula, we were pretty lucky – there was a lot of rain and some localised flooding, but nothing crazy. SF had massive blackouts, dramatic tree-uprooting and widespread blackouts. Further north, wine country had severe flooding. It gained the hashtag #hellastorm and I was grateful for a roof over my head and for a well-timed rest day. Some sobering photos here.

Friday:  My second ever Zumba Class.


Saturday: Summit Rock Half Marathon

Sob. Instead I met the grinning, muddy, happy girls at BT’s and joined in the brunch as if I’d run the whole thing myself as well. My ankle was still sore but not painful, if that makes sense.

Five runner girls, a grinning child and two slightly reluctant spouses
Five runner girls, a grinning child and two slightly reluctant spouses

Edited to add: Please also note the tortoise on BT’s hand (to my left) 🙂


If this was a weekday, I would have gone to the gym and done a spin class but in the end, I decided to give my ankle another day to heal.


I’m pretty disappointed with my 10 sad miles this week and quite frustrated with this set-back in training. I’m not freaking out. I know from experience that I can run quite easily again after an ankle twist, but I am annoyed at the lack of long run in particular.

I still cannot fathom how I can PR come February, looking at my paces but I shall keep training. I’m actually really enjoying training – I love the focus it’s giving me, the motivation to get out the door a few times a week at 6am. I’m loving running at the moment and that’s probably more important anyway!

One fun thing that happened this week was that 2015’s running-themed calendar arrived. ‘Exciting?’, you ask. Why yes…because I made it myself!  This is either extreme narcissism or just a lovely way to celebrate some amazing places I’ve run  to encourage me to run further in 2015. You decide 🙂

My best-ever cool down, in Hawaii last year
My best-ever cool down, in Hawaii last year

As I write this, on Sunday evening, my ankle is still a little sore but I’m going to strap it up and try running on it tomorrow. I think it will be okay. Let’s hope my Birthday PR campaign gets back on track this week!

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Jen says:

    I think this is just a little bump in the road. I officially start training for Kaiser on Tuesday, which means we still have 7 weeks – plenty of time to still see improvement! And even if you don’t PR – hopefully there will be other goals you can attain come Feb. 1st. I nominate: most number of crepes eaten in one go! 😀

    1. Cathryn says:

      7 weeks is good…I’ve got a decent base. And I hereby take on the crepe challenge, come what may!

  2. bt says:

    I’m with Jen. 7 weeks is more than enough for a proper half marathon training cycle. My ankle has attained the “sore but not painful” state you mentioned, so I’m also hopeful I can start increasing the mileage soon. (Also, your picture *also* has a tortoise!)

    1. Cathryn says:

      Edited to note said tortoise 🙂

  3. Grace says:

    Yep, this week’s a minor bump in the road! 7 weeks is plenty, though realistically you may have to set yourself a B and C goal as fallbacks. I heard about the hellastorm! Glad you guys are OK. What is up with the world this week? Lots of distressing things going on.

    1. Cathryn says:

      You’re right about the B and C goals. I’ve set myself a super-ridiculous A goal so I’ll need B and C goals as I’m prepared to fail the first/second/third time if necessary.

      The world is awful this week. Just grim.

  4. Bean says:

    Sorry about the ankle 😦 You are a super strong runner I am sure you will be just fine at your goal half!! Love the running calender idea! I may have to steal that one.

    1. Cathryn says:

      Do…I really love it, in a kind of embarrassed way 🙂

  5. Angela says:

    Bummer about the ankle. Setbacks are never fun. But you’ve still got time before Kaiser! Hang in there!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thanks…running pain-free this week so I’m less concerned than I was.

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