Divas Half Marathon Training – Weeks 5 & 6

Ok, I’ve been really bad at blogging, so you’re getting another two-week update. The problem with blogging every two weeks is I forget details, so this might be pretty short. Anyway, here goes…

Week 5

Monday – 40 minute walk

Some easy cross training after a 7 mile run and tough spin class the weekend before.

Tuesday – 6.04 miles (9:38/mile)

This training plan has some longer weekday runs that remind me of marathon training. Maybe some good prep for the summer? 😉

Wednesday – 4.02 miles (9:39/mile)

Thursday – rest day

Book club was a good excuse for a rest day.

Friday – 31 minute elliptical

Saturday – 8.07 miles

Long run day! It was a cloudy, gray morning, but I headed to the lakes for my long run. I parked in my normal spot, but it turned out a 5K was happening that morning. I was a little nervous that I’d get blocked in with roads closing, but I didn’t feel like driving around to find something else, so I risked it.

I started off with a loop around Lake Harriet. It’s early enough that water fountains aren’t turned on in the public parks, so I make sure to have water in my car and made a pit stop after going around the lake.

After that, I headed over to Lake Calhoun for a lap around. Parts of the lake were pretty windy.

It’s been a while since I’ve been to the lakes for a long run, and it felt really good.

Sunday – rest day

It’s a good thing I got in a nice long run on Saturday, but Sunday was all about brunch! I met some friends for a lovely meal and some impromptu shopping.

Biscuits and Gravy


The afternoon was busy with errands and running around town. I had every intention of doing some kind of short workout, but was exhausted when I got home, so I called it good and relaxed the rest of the evening. There was plenty of NCAA Basketball to watch. I was cheering on my Duke Blue Devils who ended up losing. Sad to see the season end. 😦 It also completely busted my bracket.

Week 6

Nothing very notable about these weekday runs. Overall, I’ve been feeling good. Still hoping I can push it during Goldy’s 10 mile in a couple of weeks and maybe PR.

Monday – 4.26 miles (9:25/mile) 

Tuesday – 6.15 miles (9:27/mile)

Wednesday – rest day

Thursday – 40 minute elliptical

Friday – 4.03 miles (9:31/mile) 

Saturday – 3.25 miles (9:15/mile)

It was a step-back week, so I had a 5K race on the plan instead of a long run. I didn’t do an actual race and just did a short run and a quick pace.

In the afternoon, a friend and I headed to a beer and BBQ event at a local brewery. I actually found some decent hush puppies in MN! They still don’t beat my favorites in South Carolina, but nice to know I can get something good to tide me over.


Sunday – 35 minute elliptical

This was technically supposed to be a rest day, but I felt like doing something, so I did some light cross-training.

Anyone have a bracket that’s not busted?


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