The first “quality” week of training for the Gasparilla half marathon is in the books and it went pretty well. I was tired on the days I figured I’d be tired and I skipped one workout, but still managed 41 miles total. Here’s how it went:
Monday: 6 miles easy
Tuesday: 1 mile warmup + 4 x 1 mile at threshold pace + 1 mile cool down
Wednesday AM: 4 miles easy + leg strength training
Wednesday PM: 3 miles easy
Thursday: 10 miles easy
Saturday: 12 miles
Total: 41 miles
After the speed workout on Tuesday and the two workouts on Wednesday (including weight training on the legs), Thursday’s run was slow and painful. My legs were stones and I took several walk breaks after 6 miles, but still managed to drag myself through the full 10 miles in just under 1 hour and 40 minutes.
I figured it was better to sacrifice Friday’s planned 6 miles in order to have a good long run on Saturday, so I took Friday off. I ran a little over a mile Saturday morning to meet Meredith, then ran 10 miles with her (she completed her 10 in 1:29:56 – looking good for a sub 2 hour half in November), then ran another mile to round my total out at 12.