Garry Bjorklund Half – Week 1 + Gearing up for Goldy’s

This week was technically the first week of training for the Garry Bjorklund Half, but it also overlaps with my second to last week of training before Goldy’s 10 mile. The overlap of races means I’m not exactly following the half training plan, but the plan I’m following allows for a nice step-back week after Goldy’s so I can transition pretty well.

Here’s how training went this past week. My pace has been really good, but these are also based on my RunKeeper (because that’s what I have in front of me at the moment) and not my Garmin. Garmin and RK haven’t been agreeing lately, so RK has me going a little faster.

Monday – 2.88 mile walk

I took Sunday as a rest day since I was celebrating Easter with my family, so I wanted to get out for a walk after work — and to burn off some Easter candy.

Tuesday – 3.09 mile run (9:54/mile pace)

I met Hyedi for a run on Tuesday evening. The weather was lovely all day, so we got to enjoy some warmer temps. So ready for more warm weather runs!

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Wednesday – 5.10 mile run (9:49/mile pace)

I wanted to get in a slightly longer weekday run as I get ready for Goldy’s 10 mile. I’ve also been running my hillier route recently to get my legs ready for the hills on the course.

Thursday – Rest

A work happy hour was the perfect rest-day activity.

Friday – 3.12 mile run (9:43/mile pace)

I got home from work and headed out for a run and fully intended to just take it easy since I was expecting to do my long run the next day, but my legs had other plans. I was feeling really good hanging out at a slightly faster pace, so just ended up rolling with it.

I got cleaned up after my run and headed to see the movie Spotlight with a friend. Really good movie!

Saturday – 9.11 mile run (9:47/mile pace)

I got up and headed to brunch with some friends. It can be hard to get all 4 of us together with crazy lives, but I’m always so glad when we do! I indulged in some biscuits and gravy — my favorite brunch meal.

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I got a couple of errands done after brunch and relaxed for a little bit before heading out for my long run in the afternoon.  It was a cool and windy day, but nothing too bad by the time I got out. Even with the run the night before, my legs felt good and warmed up pretty quick. I’m feeling ready for my 4th Goldy’s 10 mile next weekend!

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Note the slightly slower pace on the Garmin

I started watching some Final Four basketball in the evening, but the first game was kind of a blowout. I started looking at what else was on and stumbled upon a season 6 marathon of The Walking Dead. Perfect timing since I need to catch up!

Sunday – 3.03 mile walk 

I got up and headed to breakfast with a friend. The frittata was delicious and it was so great to kick off the day by catching up with a friend I’ve known since I was 10 years old!

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It was a beautiful spring day. The sun was shining and it was about 60 degrees. I headed out for a nice long walk to finish the week.

Do your training cycles ever overlap? Anyone else love The Walking Dead?

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2 thoughts on “Garry Bjorklund Half – Week 1 + Gearing up for Goldy’s

  1. Hi there! I don’t remember how I found your blog, but I wanted to tell you I really enjoy reading about your running journey! I’ll be running the Goldy’s 5k this Saturday, so your post this week felt very close to home (even though I live in Iowa!) I wish I felt up to tackling a 10 mile, but injuries and a slow pace make me feel like a 5k is just enough for me to be part of the fun and still feel good at the finish! Wishing you a fabulous race on Saturday!! I look forward to following your year of half marathons! Your posts are always inspiring! Please keep ’em coming!!

    • Thank you so much! You will have a great time doing the 5k. The finish line on the field is awesome! I recommend getting to campus early if you can since traffic/parking can get a bit crazy closer to race time. Good luck with your run! Any other races planned for this year? Thank you so much for reading!!

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