Workout Recap: Half Marathon Training Week 9

I didn’t take a single picture while running this week…how’s that for blogger fail? But it makes sense when I look at the week below. I got my miles in but I can’t say any of the runs felt particularly amazing or noteworthy, they felt like I was getting business done.

So because we all know a post without pictures is no post at all, you’re stuck with some randoms. You’re welcome.

Monday: Rest/foam roll. Experimenting with a recipe from The Runner’s World Cookbook.

Runner's World Cookbook recipe

Tuesday: 3 miles on the treadmill, 12.10 min/mile. Mentally draining day at work = a zone out run on the good ole ‘mill. Caught up on some episodes of The New Girl…Prince was pretty awesome.

Wednesday: 9 miles on the bike. I swapped one of my short/slow runs for a catch-up bike ride with a girlfriend and had such a good time! Maybe I should actually do that whole cross-training thing I worked into my training plan once in a while.

Thursday: Rest/foam roll

Friday: 4.54 miles, 10:57 min/mile.

Saturday:¬†10.01 miles, 12:02 min/mile. This was harder than last week’s long run. Was it because of not taking a rest day Friday to ensure fresh legs? Or was it because I started off mentally struggling to get in the mood? Either way, I was happy when it was over.

Honey Stingers are delicious

I was also happy to recently discover these. So delicious!

Sunday: Road Trip! I thought 8 hours total in the car would make me extra sore after yesterday’s long run, but surprisingly it didn’t. No complaints here!

Run miles: 17.55

Bike miles: 9

Overall: I’m happy with it. Pita thinks I could have stepped up my couch game a bit.

Bitch Please

Always, Sierra

Workout Recap: Half Marathon Training Week 2, 12/30 – 1/5

Week 2 of training has gone well! The training plan called for my first run at half-marathon pace. I laughed when I read this. It’s my first half, shouldn’t I be happy with whatever pace gets me across the finish line?!

This being the age of the internet and all, I turned to my trusty coach Google. Turns out Runner’s World has a pretty awesome race time predictor, ever used it? I plugged in my fastest 5K time (2013 See Jane Run) and it spit out all kinds of fun geek-out numbers.

race times predictor


It looks accurate to me! Around the time I hit that 5K PR, I also had my fastest (unofficial) mile at 9:46, and my 10K times were in the same neighborhood as above.

That means, if everything goes well, I’m looking at a roughly two and half hour half-marathon time. Let’s say that again…two and a half hours. 2:30. That’s crazy to me!!! I’m torn between feeling like I should be able to finish faster and feeling disbelief that I’ll be running for that long straight. But I’m in it to win finish it, and can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

Monday: 3.01 hilly miles in the hood, 12:14 min/mile.

Tuesday: Strength

New Year's Eve workout

Wednesday: Rest & Recovery (From workouts? From New Year’s Eve? I’ll let you ponder that one…)

Thursday: 3.3 miles on the treadmill, 3 of them at 5.5 mph and 1% incline for an approximate 11:00 min/mile pace. This was my run to be done at half-marathon pace, which would be 11:35ish according to the above, only I did all the googling after the run instead of before. Oh well, we’ll just say I’m ambitious! #notaplanner

Friday: 3.31 evening miles in the neighborhood and strength. The same routine as above, adjusted to two times and minus the jumping jacks and burpees. My intent was to focus on form more than reps since my muscles were already being worked out by the hilly running.

evening run

Saturday: Cross-training day, a leisurely walk with the Pita creature.

Sunday: 5 rough miles, 13.04 min/mile with lots of stopping/walk breaks. You ever have one of those runs where your mind is totally in it, and your body is still in bed? I started out feeling like I was running through quicksand. And not because my legs felt heavy (that came later), but because for the life of me I could not catch my breath and get into a rhythm. Every step felt like 100 steps. It took me about a mile, mile and a half to realize dehydration was the culprit. My mouth was dry, my breath was hot, it was ridiculous. I finally made it back round to a water fountain 3.5 miles in, and water has never tasted so delicious.

Water Never Tasted So Good

Running Total Miles: 14.62

Always, Sierra

What adventures have you been up to this weekend?

Workout Recap: Week 1 Half-Marathon Training, 12/23 – 12/29

It’s official y’all. Come March 2014, I’ll be making my half-marathon debut!


I had a lot of back and forth with the Oakland Half. I’m vaguely worried of getting bored on the course since it won’t be all that new to me and parts of it are definitely not scenic. I’m also a little dubious after¬†reading about long courses and looking at the course map with its ridiculous twists and turns. But! The Oakland Half has one big thing going for it…it’s close to enough friends and family that I’m sure I can bribe at least a couple to come out and spectate. I’m gonna need it :).

Today was Week 1 of training, also known as get back on the horse week. I’m loosely following Hal Higdon’s plan. I added an extra step back week early on to give myself some time to build up any lost fitness, for 13 total weeks of training. I’ve also added in two days of strength work and 400m repeats on alternating weeks to work a bit on speed. I’ve got it all posted on our refrigerator like a good runner in training, and I’m taking some delight in putting a big fat X through the days when I finish a workout.

Half Marathon Training Plan

Monday: 2.3 miles, 13:15 min/mile. Holy crap there are hills in my new neighborhood! It had been so long since I ran that my poor Garmin was neglected and dead, not that I really needed it. The plan was to run 3 miles, but I made it to about 2.3 miles before I called shenanigans. I finished out the three miles walking with Pita, and took it as a lesson learned about what to expect on future runs.

Tuesday: Stretch & Strength Rest. Mom came up early Tuesday and we promptly kicked Christmas Eve off with a little bit of moonshine, some shopping and failed sugar cookie making. (True Story: whole wheat flour does make a difference when the recipe calls for all-purpose).

Wednesday: 3.07 miles, 15:45 min/mile. After a morning of presents and breakfasting, I snuck out for a run. Lots of new trail to explore, and a little bit of coyote.

Trail Running, coyote

Thursday: Rest. Two to three mile walk with Mom to enjoy the pretty weather and good company.

me & mom

Friday: 3.07 miles, 12:07 min/mile. First run of the week on flat ground, and the goal was to take it easy with all of the hill running to date. Mission accomplished.

Saturday: 4.02 miles, 11:35 min/mile. Did y’all catch the UFC fights? I’ve been getting hooked this year watching TUF, the athleticism they all have is amazing. My heart broke for Anderson Silva and his leg breakage, too shocking.


And even though she didn’t win, Miesha Tate fought with her heart and looked good in the octagon.

Sunday: Walking around the flea market for a couple hours counts as cross-training right? Right! Found some cute earrings for a dollar, holla! (I couldn’t resist.)

Flea Market Finds

Running Total Miles: 12.16 miles

Overall: Off to a good and excited start. This is the first time I’ve followed a training plan of any kind, and it feels good to go out and run with purpose. Skipped strength because 1) I’m in holiday mode and 2)…yeah, that’s all I got. Making it a priority for Week 2!

Always, Sierra

Are you a UFC fan? Do you think Anderson Silva will be able to recover and come back?

Have you ever followed a Hal Higdon training plan?