Training: Blizzards, 800s and a Half Marathon

Last week I tapered and got ready for the Shamrock half marathon.  While it wasn’t my primary goal race (The April Fools half in Atlantic City is), I still wanted to do well.  The weather forecast changed multiple times from might rain, to definitely raining, to wintery mix.  Basically the same as last year.


Monday:  6 miles
Tuesday: 5X800s (6:11, 6:07, 6:05, 6:03, 6:00)
Wednesday:  7 miles
Thursday:  7 miles
Friday: OFF
Saturday: 60 minutes easy
Sunday: Shamrock Half Marathon (1:26.50)
 Total:  40 miles


Workouts: 5X800s (6:11, 6:07, 6:05, 6:03, 6:00)

I’m always the least motivated to do short workouts.  Tuesday was no exception.  As most people know the Northeast had a significant snow storm that closed most things down that day.  I had no interest slipping around on ice with a regular run, let alone workout.

While the goal was to run 6:00 for the 800s, I was happy for getting the workout in and on a treadmill.

The rest of the runs were easy and in the cold.  I am ready for Spring!

Shamrock Half Marathon:

I’ll have more about this later in the week.  I ran a 1:26.50, which is exactly the same time as last year.  The conditions were not ideal, and throughout the race it rained, sleeted and hailed as well as a severe headwind.  It would be a lie to say I’m “happy” with the time because I know I’m in better fitness shape.  I am also tired of running in inclement weather.

While the race time is the same, it was an entirely different race from last year.  Last year, I took it out fast and crashed.  This year I ran smart for the first few miles, and my last mile was a 6:11.

While I know Shamrock was not a goal race, I was hoping to be faster than a 1:26.

Posts from the Week:
How I got to into Running
Should You be Getting More Protein?
Brooks Launch 4 Shoe Review

Questions for you:
Have you raced in inclement weather?
What was your best workout of the week?

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  1. I definitely understand the disappointment of not hitting a time you had in mind, but wow! That’s an awesome time, especially for those conditions. And it sounds like you were really smart with the way you raced. Can’t wait to see how you do in Atlantic City!

  2. I guess this just means that when you do see the next PR, it will be that much sweeter! Hope the conditions come together for you soon (and that the sun comes out!!!)

  3. I’m glad you ran a smart race even if the time doesn’t reflect your fitness. From what I saw it looked like terrible race conditions out there. Plus it’s fun that you ran the exact same time… I still think you need to find a “prediction half marathon” and put that time down! How many people can say they have done that in a half marathon and the same race two years straight?

  4. How funny that you ran exactly the same time, though it sounds like the weather was crazy. I get disappointed when I don’t meet my goals, but then I try and pick out 1-2 good or fun things about the race to lift spirits.

  5. So sorry the weather was so horrible. Nothing worse than rain and sleet for a race as it is so hard to stay warm and feel good about running!

  6. If I’m being totally honest I didn’t really workout much last week (it was just so busy!) but I did do a 3 mile hike with a friend on Friday and it was so fun! the weather was great and it was fun going around some of the trails through Richmond!

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