Training: Workouts, Travel and a New PR

me pheonix half marathon

Last week was my best week of training in the previous 2 years, but any week that brings you new PR is a good week.

Anyway,  my log from the week is relatively simple.

Monday: 6ish mile hike in Jockey Hollow park
Tuesday: 6x800s (5:58 pace) with 400 jog in between warmup/cooldown total miles 10
Wednesday: Easy 60/ART with Dr. Kemenosh
Thursday: Rest+Travel to Pheonix
Friday: 60-minute shakeout run
Saturday; Phoenix Half Marathon 1:22.03
Sunday: Easy 45 minute shakeout

Workout: 6X800s (5:58 pace)

My body was relatively tired from racing the Saturday before.   Ultimately I decided it was better to do the workout on tired legs and have an extra day of easy running/rest before Phoenix.  I’m glad I made that choice, and it was still a good workout.

Phoenix Half Marathon: 1:22.03

I PRed.  I have a self-reflected a lot about this race as it’s my first PR in two years.  I took the race out fast, and my first mile was on PR pace of 6:22.  Most of the mile were well below and ranged from 6:09-6:18.  The final two miles were more gritty, and I was fighting for time, weaving through 10kers (6:26).

When I looked back at my full marathon a few years ago, I realize that the first half of the full was very much downhill while the second half and the half marathon course levels off. It is a much easier course than my previous PR in Carlsbad. However, I am also in better fitness.  I crossed the finish line, knowing, there was nothing more I could give that day.  It was a day that everything aligned with travel going well, fitness, and even the weather being pretty much ideal.

Now, I’m just enjoying Phoenix for a couple of days and then heading back to NJ.

Posts of the Week:

Don’t Just “Survive Winter Running”

Saucony Triumph ISO 4 Shoe Review

Frostbite 5 Miler (30:25)

Questions for you:

When was your last PR?

How was your week of training?


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  1. I’m so happy for you that you are have hit your running groove recently – you certainly were patient for it, and now it’s paying off!

  2. I’m so happy for you on the PR at Phoenix, congratulations! It is great to see things going well for you especially with the craziness of the last few weeks. It looked like an all around good trip too. You were patient and trained smart for PHX and I’m glad you got to enjoy it with Tim and family.

    Last PR… Charleston Half Marathon in 2017. I plan to race a distance I haven’t raced in years soon, 5 mile, so I guess that’ll be a new PR haha.

  3. What an amazing PR! I’m yet to run my first marathon, I find Half’s such a challenge that I can imagine a full! My last PR was in November at the Tatton Park Half Marathon in the UK 🙂 You’ve certainly earned your rest!

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