Half Marathon Training – Week 9

Another solid week of training in the books. My half marathon is just 3 weeks away. I’ve been thinking about shooting for 10 minute miles, and I think it’s in reach if my training keeps up like it has. Here’s how the week went.

Monday – rest day

Tuesday – 5 miles, 10:10 avg pace 

Pretty standard, uneventful run.

Wednesday – 3.16 miles, 9:32 avg pace

I’m still not sure where this pace came from! Maybe it was knowing that I only needed to do 3 miles, or maybe it was knowing I had plans with a friend later so I wanted to get my run done and have time to get ready. I headed out and just felt really good on the whole run, so I went with it.

Thursday – beach volleyball

I fully intended to come home and get in a run before subbing on a friend’s volleyball team, but I was exhausted after work so I decided volleyball would suffice as a workout for that day. It was about 45 degrees when the game started and the sand was freezing! I opted to wear my socks and my toes were still numb at the end!

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The game was really fun despite the cold (and getting beat). Running in the sand was a good workout.

Friday – 2.5 miles, 10:20 avg pace

I actually opted for the treadmill for this workout. It was a bit cool and I just felt like getting in a quick run.

Saturday – 2.42 mile walk

I met up with a friend for a walk around the lake and a yummy lunch at Sandcastle. It was a beautiful day, so walking and eating outside was lovely, but getting to catch up with my friend was really the important part of the outing.

The Big Locus (TBL) - Thielens bacon, lettuce, & tomato
The Big Locus (TBL) – Thielens bacon, lettuce, & tomato
Chips and pico de gallo
Chips and pico de gallo

The rest of Saturday was spent grocery shopping, napping on the couch, and having dinner on a patio with my sister and a friend.

Sunday – 10 miles, 10:10 avg pace

I went to one of my favorite running spots for this long run. It was mid 50s and sunny. The lake was calm and peaceful.

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My first lap around the lake was a bit sluggish and slow. Miles 1-3 were about a 10:30/mile pace. Not bad, but not as fast as I had been doing my long runs. When I started out on my second lap, my legs started to feel better and my pace picked up without me even realizing it. I told myself to slow down a little – it’s a marathon 10 mile run, not a sprint. Miles 4-7, I was hanging out between a 9:50 – 10:10 pace. Much better. I slowed down a bit for mile 8 (10:28). I had started to feel a couple aches and pains and wanted to make sure they didn’t stick around. My feet/legs started to feel better and miles 9 and 10 picked up to about 10 min/mile pace again.

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I got home from my run, showered and got ready to head to the Twins game!

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A perfect day for watching some baseball and stuffing my face. 🙂 Target Field is a good place to be when you have runger. I shared a helmet of nachos with my sister as my lunch and then we got ice cream for dessert.

twinsnachos  twinsicecream

Not the healthiest of options, but I balanced it out pretty well with other eating during the day – and of course that 10 mile run. Can’t help but splurge every now and then.

Do you have a favorite running spot? What do you like to splurge on every now and then? Do you have a favorite ballpark food?

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One thought on “Half Marathon Training – Week 9

  1. SOUNDS LIKE A JOYFUL & PEACEFUL RUN!! THANKS FOR REMINDING US ALL TO SLOW DOWN & ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL MIRACLES AROUND US!!

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