Training: 400s and Half Marathons
Another Week of Training is done.
This week, went better than last week which gave me more confidence. Many people have said: “you’re in shape” and while I am in shape, I’m not in PRing shape, and there is a difference. In perfect weather, I could probably run a 1:25 half marathon right now, but my PR is 1:22. A fast time, but I’m not at the peak of my fitness. That doesn’t matter much as I haven’t had perfect weather for any long race so far…heck I haven’t even had “good” weather.
|Monday:||Easy 30 minutes/Hike 4 miles|
|Tuesday:||Easy 60 minutes|
|Wednesday:||12X400s averaging 5:58 pace (total mileage 10)|
|Thursday:||Easy 70 minutes with Alexis|
|Saturday:||Easy 60 minutes|
|Sunday:||Crawlin Crab Half Marathon (1:30.02) + 7 miles for 20 miles|
As I mentioned, I don’t feel at the height or peak of my fitness and I’m okay with that. My goal for the marathon is to start and finish healthy and I have to keep that in mind. I told a few friends, I would rather be undertrained than over. Overtrained is what burned me out and probably hurt both marathons last time.
This tweet made me feel, a little better. That’s how I feel now,. I don’t feel ready to run or race a marathon. I hope the next 3 weeks will fine-tune training and get me there.
I’ve been saying this for 30 years but people seem to always need a refresher about a month out from their marathon. If you are so fatigued that you feel like you are going to fall asleep in your breakfast cereal, then you are doing everything right. Stay the course.
— hansonsrun (@hansonsrun) October 3, 2018
My easy runs were untimed and easy, and it was nice to get some miles in with my coworker and friend Alexis.
Wednesday: 12x400s (averaging 5:58 pace) with 400 jog in between
I was actually surprised I was moving this fast because I didn’t feel like it when running. I said on Instagram, but I’ve felt strong but not sharp. I’m hoping to get more speed on my legs during my marathon training. I’ve felt my best, running-wise when I raced my fastest 5k in 2016.
Crawlin Crab Half Marathon: 1:30.02
Last year, at Crawlin Crab, it was about the same conditions. I ended up tanking around mile 9, and shuffling home. This year, the goal was not to do that and I didn’t. I ran a consistent race ranging in pace from 6:44-6:58. It was mid to high 70s, humid, and the course has zero shade or breeze. The day was tough but I made the best of it. I would have loved to get an actual base of where I am fitness wise, but, you must race for the day and who knows…NYCM could be the same conditions.
I’ll continue running and racing and see how it goes from there. My next, and last half, is tentatively the Atlantic City half marathon on October 21st. I hope the weather will be decent, not even perfect, just not extremely hot and humid. I am confident, I’ll be able to finish the marathon but I don’t feel as fit as when I was running last fall into the Spring.
Questions for you:
How do you recover from training?
Would you rather run in extreme cold or heat?