Hotlanta Half Marathon Training Week 10: 5/22/17 – 5/28/17

Monday – Rest Day

Tuesday 

I had a 5K race scheduled for Saturday so I did the training plan shuffle and ran 12 miles for my long distance slow run.  My original plan was 9 miles but I wanted to push myself and threw in an extra 5K. It started raining halfway through my run but it felt good. I was surprised that my pace was 34 seconds slower than my half marathon PR pace. I think the paperboy was stalking me because I saw him delivering papers on the main road but I ran into him again when I ran through a subdivision.  My running group had a run scheduled for Tuesday night but the weather was not really cooperating however some members did show up so I ran an additional 3 miles with them.

Planned: 9 miles. Actual: 12 miles (morning, 9:19 pace) 3 miles (evening 10:31 pace)

Wednesday 

I was a little sore from all the running I did the previous day that I decided to take a rest day.

Planned: 5 miles. Actual: Rest Day

Thursday 

Met up with my running group in the evening for 5K run.  I wanted to get 5 miles in so I ran 2 miles prior to the start of the group run.  When everyone showed up, I gave them a choice to run hills or without.  To my surprise, everyone voted to run hills.  When we started, I ran a faster pace so I can stop and cheer everyone as they climbed the big hill. Everyone did a great job and some commented they noticed some improvement.

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Planned: 5 miles  Actual: 5 miles (8:55 pace)

Friday

I was going to meet one of my buddies in the am for a run however he was not able to make it so I ended up running solo.  I ran 5 miles at a faster than usual pace. Probably the funniest thing that happened was I ran into a runner going in the opposite direction only to see her again 20 minutes later again going in the opposite direction! She must have mapped out the same running route as me..lol.

Planned: 5 miles. Actual: 5 miles (9:06 pace)

Saturday  

Ran in the Lt Col Melvin T. Ingram Memorial 5K Run. You can read about it here.

Planned: 5K race Actual: 5K race (8:15 pace)

Sunday

I normally bike ride on Sunday’s for cross training, however, my wife and I joined some friends for an out of town event.  We were heading to Downtown Atlanta when we went through a time portal and ended up in the past at the Georgia Renaissance Festival. It was a lot of fun!

Planned: Cross training. Actual: A lot of walking!

That summarizes Week 10.  2 more weeks to race day.  Thanks for reading and happy running 😉

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My First Double Digit Run in 17 Months

Hello! I hope everyone has had a fantastic week.  Today, I am celebrating my 42nd birthday.  Nothing special planned; I took the day off from work and my wife and I are planning to meet some friends for dinner and watch Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.

Since I am working this weekend, I decided to do my long slow run early this morning. My training plan called for a 7 mile run, however, I wanted to challenge myself.  I set a goal of 10 miles.

It was a rather cool morning; the temperature was 52 degrees with a little wind. In my opinion, perfect running weather for the South and preferable to running in the heat.  My route was relatively flat with some hills especially a 1/2 mile at the beginning of my route.  I ran at a comfortable pace.  5 miles out and back.  By the time I got to my car, I looked at my pace (I normally don’t pay attention to how fast I am going on my run). 9:13 a mile.  9:13 a mile??? Are you kidding me??? I ran faster than my other runs earlier in the that were half the distance? I am on Week 7 after not running on a regular basis for over a year and I just did this? Am I in an alternate reality?  Did my Garmin malfunction?

As you can tell, I am shocked.  I was about 30 seconds slower than my half marathon PR from 2 years ago. For comparison, my first half marathon pace from April 2014 was 9:50 per mile and that was after 11 weeks of training in addition to completing a Run For God 5K class prior.  Honestly, I didn’t think I was going that fast. Here are my mileage splits:

 

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Another funny thing is that I ran slower going down a half mile hill at the beginning but ran faster going UP it on the return trip.

I am very proud of what I accomplished today.  Watching some of my friends in my local Run For God running group pushing themselves has inspired me to do the same.   I know I will be ready for my 7th half marathon next month. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend everyone! Happy Running 😉

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