Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pittsburgh Half Marathon Training: Week 11

Race weekend is only single digits away! The mileage is just to maintenance mode and thought is being given to logistics and nutrition.  I'm so excited!

Monday: 5 Miles - I decided to do the workout for the day at a nearby park for a very odd reason.  On some of my recent long runs, I had planned to do a mile or two through the park by using one of its secondary entrances that I had discovered several months ago.  However, for the life of me, I could not remember the street I needed to reach the access point.  After this run, I finally figured it out...and it was nowhere near where I thought it was!

Tuesday: Rest Day

Wednesday: 5 Miles - While the end of a training plan is probably not the best time to be experimenting with new techniques, I chose to begin my workout by warming up with a 1 mile jog.  In the past, I had always just walked for a bit followed by some dynamic stretching.  However, after talking with a friend about her training routines (she's waaaay faster than I am), I made this change in warming up and I'm glad I did.  The core of my run felt a little easier thus letting me amp up my pace a bit.

Thursday: 3 Miles - I was a little crunched for time so I planned my workout to finish right at my doorstep.  Just like last week's short run, it meant that I completed my run with a half mile uphill.  At least doing that builds mental toughness!

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: 5 Miles - This final workout for the week capped off what I would consider a very productive training cycle.  I spent most of the run evaluating how my body was handling the pace in order to determine if I could meet my goal for the upcoming race.  I'm thinking 1:40 may be attainable...

Sunday: Rest Day

A busy week is ahead as things build up to race weekend.  Between volunteering at the Expo on Friday, doing a 5K shake-out run on Saturday, and the half on Sunday, I'll definitely be getting my running fix!

Happy running!

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