Half Marathon Training Week #11 and Week #12

I’m currently on my last week of training for the upcoming Valley Harvest Half Marathon. Week # 11 is all done and in the books and it was A LOT better than week #10. It looked a little like this…..

What was planned VS What REALLY happened:

Monday: Stretch & StrengthenYoga, Foam Rolled and 1 minute Plank

Tuesday: 8k8k. After facilitating a workshop all day and standing on my feet for 6 hours, I ran 8k and couldn’t figure out WHY my legs just didn’t feel the run. I was fried! Bad decision to run 8k after being on my feet for 6 hours. {mental note – don’t do that again}

I saw this recently and just LOVED it!

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Wednesday: 10 x 400 @ 500 pace. Let’s be honest…I have done track work since week 5.  Unplanned rest day, was in bed at 8pm and watched 2 episodes of Pretty Little Liars…I’m hooked!

Thursday: 5k + Strengthen5k Super late afternoon 5k run in the sun! It was gorgeous outside and I took advantage of that.

Friday: Rest Day – Rest Day 

Saturday: 5k – Rest Day 

Sunday: 19k – 19k I wasn’t sure about doing this long run but after my conversation with my buddy Hal Higdon on Facebook, I decided to go for it. Yes, I am convinced he personally responded to my message. The run started off terrible but I ended strong, fast and had A LOT on my mind.

Yoga/Stretching post long run :)

Yoga/Stretching post long run 🙂

Total mileage: 32km

Total training mileage: 359 km since July 21st <– seems SO long ago.

Week #12 (this week)

As I mentioned, it’s my last week of training ….. I can’t believe I am saying that. Up until this point, I really haven’t thought about what’s next until the other day. Yes, I have a 5k run on October 25th but what’s next. I think I might miss my long runs!

The thought of running the Hypothermic Half  (Feb 10th) has crossed my mind. Then that thought went out to door as I’m not sure if I want to train in December and January a.k.a winter/ice/cold season for a half marathon. Who knows, maybe I will change my mind.

Week #12 looks like this – I’m planning on doing everything but won’t recap it.

Monday: Stretch & StrengthYoga and hip flexors/abductors exercises – Done.

Tuesday: 7kTreadmill tonight.

Wednesday: 30 minute tempo run

Thursday: 5k

Friday & Saturday: Rest Days. I’d like to run/walk 2-3 km Saturday afternoon just to shake out my legs.

Sunday – VALLEY HARVEST HALF MARATHON!!!!!  Whoop whoop! 21.1km

Needless to say I’m pretty pumped, not only for my 2nd half marathon but to spend time with my family this weekend during Thanksgiving Weekend 🙂

Canadians – what are your Thanksgiving plans?

Anyone running/racing soon?

Are you thinking about 2015 races yet?

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