This past week was actually the first official week of training for the Hall of Fame Marathon. I’ve set that as my spring goal race and well, based on week 1 results, I have a lot of work to do! I still feel like I am in a rut that was building over the end of last year. My goal is sub 5-hour at Hall of Fame and if I want to get that, I need to dig deep this training cycle. My best training cycle was Fall of 2015 leading up St. Jude’s Marathon. I hope I can repeat all the good that came in that cycle.
I did miss 1 midweek run on Thursday and never made it up. Timing just wasn’t there on Thursday due to travel having to be changed up getting home. However, my runs on Tuesday and Wednesday felt great. There definitely was some speed there that I haven’t seen in awhile. In fact, my 5 mile run on Wednesday ended up being a good tempo run. I think part of it was because I went out thinking I’d have an hour of daylight left but all of a sudden it just got dark. I was on a sidewalk, but I was still worried just being out there. Whatever it was, it was nice to see some solid negative splits!
Tuesday: 3 miles, 30:57, 10:19/mile
Wednesday: 5.1 miles, 52:20, 10:16/mile
Saturday: 5.5 miles, 1:02:52, 11:26/mile
Sunday: Brokeman’s Winter Warm Up Half Marathon, 2:30:36
Total Miles: 26.7 miles
Most of the miles from last week came over the weekend. Even though I had the Brokeman’s Winter Warm Up on Sunday, I wanted to get in some shake out miles Saturday with the Pro Bike & Run Group. I really only wanted 3.5 miles, but the short loop option was 5.5 so I went for it. Around 4 miles my hip was really bothering me. I have no idea what is going on with it, but it definitely made my mind up to treat the following day’s half marathon as a long training run and not a race.
As for my half marathon, it went just about as I expected it to go. I hit the pace I needed to hit for a long run and overall thought I was pretty strong throughout. I actually even saw some pick up in the last 2-3 miles of the race and my splits for the last half were pretty spot on! The best part though was that my hip for 90% of the race had no issues. I felt it starting to give me issues around mile 4, but somehow it got itself together and I was good from then on. As for the actual race, I honestly couldn’t say enough about the Brokeman’s Running Series! Katie, the race director, puts on a well supported race at such an affordable call! If you’re in the OH area you should definitely consider jumping in on these races! You won’t be disappointed!