Let me just start with the facts:  36.7 miles.  !!!  That’s even more than last week… and I’m still surviving!  My hamstrings have been slightly annoyed at a few workouts, but nothing major, so I’m still making forward progress.  Yeah that!!

  • Miles run for the week:  36.7
  • Miles biked:  zero   🙁
  • Training for:  Columbus half marathon, 10/21/18

I guess I haven’t seen the forest for the trees lately, because race day will be here in 5 short weeks.  That seems really close!!  Here’s what I did last week:

Monday – 5 miles = Easy treadmill miles + Dave’s Pink Divas workout.  I got a little bit of TV watching in before work (2.3 miles) – still working my way through my many recordings of Big Brother! –  then in the evening we ran 3 x 1000m repeats.  It was a great workout on the park trail (3 miles).  Here’s our group resting before the next repeat….

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Tuesday – 5.71 miles.  Speedwork on the treadmill (4.1 miles).  This was a tough one – 2 x 2 miles repeats around 8:20 pace.  Phew, tiring!  Speedwork always seems extra hard on the treadmill!  Then it was light out, so I went for a quick run outside to cool off after my treadmill session.

Wednesday – 3.5 miles with my Dave’s Pink Diva’s group!  These are the ladies I am coaching right now.  They impress me.  Not only are they preparing to run the Race for the Cure 5K soon, several of them are cancer survivors or finishing up radiation treatment – which really drives home the purpose of our group.  These ladies are doing awesome at their workouts, and supporting each other!  Go get your mammograms ladies!!!  Early detection is key.

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Thursday – 5 miles... was supposed to be “easy” run, but the weather was so freaking nice, my miles just kept getting faster.  Started with 9:23 mile, ended with 8:17 mile.  Not often I can say that, so I went with it!

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Friday – Long run!  10 miles.  I tried really hard to keep my pace slower.  It’s not like I’m super speedy, but on my own I just have a hard time going slower.  So in the early miles I kept slowing down, but in the later miles it was just enough to keep going!  Solid pacing, 9:26  overall.  Fun fact – while I was on the trail, a ranger went by on a golf cart and had a leaf blower to clear the leaves off the trail!  Now that’s some great trail care!!

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Saturday  – Rest!!

Sunday – 7.4 miles, speedwork.  This was another interesting workout.  Miles 2 – 6 were alternating between our half marathon pace (8:50) and threshold pace (8:20ish).  I was skeptical when I started this, and was thinking of cutting it back to only 5 miles, but once I got going I am happy to report that I *was* able to hit the paces!  Surprised myself again, woot!  My street looked really cool in the fog when I started my run.

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You know I had a tough workout….  shirt removed, sweat on my stomach, neon orange shoes, fuel belt and my iPod shuffle!

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We spent the rest of Sunday at Cedar Point.  I have an exciting story about Cedar Point coming up next, so stop back to my blog in a few days!!

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Q:  They say 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer.  Do you know of anyone who has had, or is battling, breast cancer?

Q:  If you listen to music on your run, what do you use?  Your phone?  What app/service?

My shuffle’s days are numbered.  I’m going to have to find a new one probably soon!  Ebay!!

Q:  Did you get a lot of fog last week?

The kids had a school delay due to the fog!!

5 thoughts on “Training Tues – 9/18 Columbus half edition”
  1. My cousin died of breast cancer several years ago. She fought it for five years, but, it just kept spreading and finally attacked her brain. She always maintained a positive attitude and would crack jokes about chemo and radiation. She left behind two children and a husband. I have a playlist downloaded to my Apple Watch and I use Plantronics earbuds so I can still hear what is going on around me. No fog here. Just frigging hot! I am so ready for Fall! I volunteered as a course marshal at the Fox Valley Marathon this past weekend and they black flagged the race after four hours.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that about your cousin 🙁 Do you still run with a Garmin watch too, and just Apple for the music? Also, if the race was black flagged, does that mean they just delayed it vs stopping it? I had friends at the Air Force marathon in Dayton, and they said it was also black flagged.

      1. I was working as a course marshal at the 5K point so I was long gone by the time it actually was black flagged. My understanding is that they cut off the timing mats and strongly encouraged the runners to just walk it in from that point. My Apple Watch has GPS although it is not as accurate as my Garmin so I only use it on days when I am running alone and I don’t really care about pace. Really frustrating that the Apple Watch is generally off by 1/10th of a mile every 5 miles. I suspected something was going on when I first ran with it on a course that I knew was accurately marked. Then I wore both the Garmin and the Apple at the same time to confirm. I have heard other runners complain about Apple also. You would think a trillion dollar company could get this right.

  2. A leaf blower for the trail! WTF???? That’s cheating! Is the trail in a froo froo neighborhood? 🙂 I will need my first mammo in 4 years. Dang. I’m getting old. HEY TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK OF BB. I need details. I won’t tell you what I think because I don’t want to spoil you because I don’t think you’re caught up.
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    1. It was pretty odd to see the leaf blower, but it was greatly appreciated! It’s just one of our many local metroparks. They do a great job of keeping up our parks!! They also clear the snow off the paved trails pretty fast too. Thumbs up to them!!
      I am sooooooo far behind on BB, but I’m sticking to it! I love the games, apps and challenges they do, but I’m still pretty clueless on the strategy. If I watched the shows closer together I’d probably figure it out. Still, highly entertaining!

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