It’s 10 weeks until one of my favorite races of the year, the Covered Bridges Half Marathon in Vermont. I’m running to raise money for an amazing charity, David’s House in New Hampshire. (My fundraising link and info about the charity is at the end of the post).
Back in December, I signed up with Coach Scott Fishman of Team All American to help me tackle my big running goal for 2014 – a half marathon PR quest. I’m aiming at a 1:45 (my current PR is 1:53, set last October). I’ve been building up my mileage and doing more speed-work than I’ve done before and I’m running faster than I ever have.
Given that the big date is getting closer, I want to start sharing my training with you guys on a weekly basis, since your support and feedback was so awesome while I was training for the NYC Marathon last year. 🙂
(I’m also signed up for the Brooklyn Half Marathon on May 17, but I’m not sure yet if I’m going to use that as a long run, or if I’ll be ready to try for the 1:45 then…I’ll keep you posted.)
So, this was what my training looked like this week:
Wednesday: Speed work. After a 20 minute warm up, I did 8 interval repeats, followed by a 20 minute cool down. I ran these by feel, because it’s too hard for me to keep checking my pace for such a short repeat. I ended up running the first 5 a little too fast, then the last 3 a little slower than the prescribed pace, but overall I was happy with this workout, because I went into it feeling sluggish and ended up doing fine.
Friday: Lactate threshold run. Oof. This one was not such a success for me. Warm up, followed by 5 x 5 minute repeats at what is apparently going to be my tempo run pace next week. (In which case, I’m pretty sure I’ll be writing “Oof” about my tempo run next week, too). This was hard. I was done by the last one and couldn’t hit my pace.
Saturday: Recovery run
Sunday: Long run. My coach has me running by time rather than mileage, which was weird for me at first, but I’m loving now. The long run this week was 1 hour and 40 minutes at an easy pace. I didn’t check my watch once, instead running by feel and ended up running just over 11 miles.
Miles for week: 28.6
How I’m feeling: so far, so good – no injuries, no niggles. Definitely loving being able to run outside for all of my training this week – I may have mentioned it once or twice ( hee hee), but I’m not a treadmill-lover.
David’s House offers support and somewhere to stay for families of children receiving treatment through the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. It was founded by the family of David Cyr, a little boy who passed away at age 5, after battling cancer for 3 1/2 years. David lived close to the hospital. When he realized that other families couldn’t go home to sleep and shower and eat – that they had to sleep in chairs, in hospital rooms – he wanted his parents to invite them to come stay at his house. After his death, his family founded David’s House, to realize his dream. Families can sleep, shower, relax, prepare meals and have one less thing to worry and think about while their little ones are being treated nearby. I’m proud to be running 13.1 miles for this charity.