Walnut Creek Half Marathon Training: Week 1

People, last week I ran 27.5 miles!

I cannot remember the last week I ran 27.5 miles – nor can Daily Mile, which only shows weekly miles for 26 weeks and it definitely wasn’t within the last 26 weeks! I was so surprised that I had to double-check the numbers twice but yes…27.5 miles.

Didn’t do a single ab exercise though 🙂

The time I discovered that the correct angle totally gives the impression of a strong core

The time I discovered that the correct angle totally gives the impression of a strong core. Reality = NOTHING like this!

Tuesday: Intervals. 3.18 miles at 8.31

I changed my interval session this week. Fewer miles, more time at ‘speed’. After warming up, I ran 6 repeats of 2 mins fast, 1 min recovery. It was evening, dark and so quite easy to spook myself into running fast despite the safety of my local streets.

Thursday: Tempo. 6 miles at 9.03

The minute I came back from Tuesday’s interval session, I went down with a nasty cold. When you surround yourself with preschoolers and kindergarteners all day, there are many germs to partake in and I’m on my third cold in seven weeks. By Thursday I was through the worst so went to run. My initial goal was to run 3 miles consecutively at goal pace of 8.31. As I warmed up, I switched it to 2 miles consecutively and then a third mile after a rest mile. As I started running faster, it immediately switched again to alternating faster and slower miles. I managed to do the faster miles at 8.31, 8.30 and 8.24 but I worked my socks off for those splits and I was knackered afterwards.

Sunrise. Makes early mornings worthwhile.

Sunrise. Makes early mornings worthwhile.

Saturday: Long run. 12 miles at 9.44

6.30am dark run. I threw three faster miles into the mix – I aimed to get miles 4,7 and 10 at 8.31 but they turned out to be 8.41, 8.37 and 8.46. I was a bit disappointed but bearing in mind my lingering germs, I’ll not beat myself up too much.

Sunday: Easy run. 6.5 miles at 9.41

My friend Lisa is training for her first half-marathon for a long time and asked if she could run with me. I’m grateful as she got me out of bed for another 6.30am run and we spent a really lovely hour cruising round town putting the world to rights. It was SO nice having some company this morning. Hope we can do it again.

So somehow that comes out at 27.5 miles and it didn’t even feel that onerous! I’m excited about Walnut Creek, it’s motivating me to get out the door and run. Not quite sure how I’ll get my miles in this coming week as we have plans at the weekend but I’ll do my best! Hopefully my germs will be gone!

My boys poured me a bubble bath with a glass of milk, a copy of TrailRunner and a copy of 'Teaching Young Children'.

My boys poured me a bubble bath with a glass of milk, a copy of TrailRunning and a copy of ‘Teaching Young Children’.

 

Week 2, here we come!

About Cathryn

I'm from Wiltshire, a beautiful rural county in the south of England. My husband, son and I moved to California in August 2010 with my husband's job, whilst I stay at home with The Dude, our gorgeous five year old son. I love running and cycling. I'm a Christian. I am finally learning to cook (about time too). I'm loving exploring this new part of the world and meeting its wonderful people.
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2 Responses to Walnut Creek Half Marathon Training: Week 1

  1. bt says:

    Well done! Can’t wait to get back into a solid training grove. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Jen says:

    Germs sound awful. Hopefully, you’ll have been exposed to everything by race day. 😉

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