Sub 1:25 Files: Training and a Half
Last week’s training went well. I got in what I needed to speed and mileage wise. While I was hoping the Hilton Head Half Marathon would be faster, it wasn’t a fast course.
|Monday:||Easy 8 miles|
|Tuesday:||Tuesday: Easy 10 miles with Alexis|
|Wednesday:||Workout Total miles 12|
|Thursday:||Easy 4 miles|
|Friday:||Easy 8 miles with Strides|
|Saturday:||Hilton Head Half Marathon 1:31.13 Total miles 15|
Total miles 67
My week of training went well. I got done what I wanted with no major hiccups. I had assumed the Hilton Head race was a faster course than it was. It’s hard to tell from the map, but there were a lot of small turns that you never got any rhythm. Even on the biggest inclines (up the bridges), I ran faster miles (6:51) then the miles that had 12+ turns and ran through dirt (7:09). In all, I’m happy with how everything went. It’s hard to imagine running 6 minutes faster to reach my goal of getting to 1:25 but hopefully training will come back sooner rather than later.
Workout Wednesday (all done on roads):
2 Mile Warmup
4X800 with 1 minute standing rest (paces 6:22, 6:28, 6:16, 6:32)
2 Miles Hard (6:55, 6:57)
4X400 Hard with 1 minute rest (paces 5:58, 6:18, 6:34, 6:18)
1 Mile Hard (6:46)
This workout went well. I couldn’t have asked for a better workout. I honestly thought my watch GPS was off by how good I felt. In fact, I feel better about this workout than the race I did.
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If I were to choose a best workout for either 2019 or 2020 it would be today. I felt strong and I hit all of my paces. So much so I questioned whether my watch was accurate. 🤣 4x800s with 1 min rest (average 6:20) 2 miles (6:54, 6:57) 4x400s with 1 mile rest (average 6:18) 1 mile hard (6:46) My fitness is starting to come back and it’s a good feeling.
Hilton Head Half Marathon (1:31.13)
I was hoping to get a good idea of where I am fitness-wise. While I think it gives me a solid clue, the course wasn’t as easy as I assumed. As I mentioned, one mile had over 12 turns and ran through mud/trail. The course also merged the half and full marathoners running different paces on narrow roads, which I found unsafe. I am happy with how I handled the course and mile 11 was my fastest (6:44). Am I 100% happy with the race? No, but I am pleased with how I handled what was thrown at me.
I’ll be just trucking along and continuing the miles. I don’t have any bigger races until March so I’ll just continue to run.
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Questions for you:
How was your week of training?
Have you been to Hilton Head?