Last Week Of Philly Half Training!

Last week was the last week of training..woohoo! This week is taper time. I can’t believe it’s finally here. Although these past 15 weeks haven’t been specifically training for a half marathon (it’s been training to break a 5K PR), I have prepared to run a strong half marathon as well by doing long runs and tempo runs. 

When I started working with Coach Marc, I told him “I want a 5K PR this season…but I do want to run a fall half too. But the PR is most important.” So that’s what we’ve been working on. And hey, I’m only 1 min. away from that PR! I’m running a 5K Dec. 6 and Dec. 20 so it has to happen at one of those…right??!

Anyway, here’s last week’s training:

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 2 mile warm up, 10×400, 1 mile cooldown. I did this at my local park again and it was tough. For some reason felt harder than when I did 1000 meter repeats here! Last track workout before the half.

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Off. I was supposed to run 3 miles but was feeling SO tired that day. I said I would run the 3 miles on Saturday instead. Spoiler alert – I didn’t.

Friday: 8 miles. Last long run! I always feel so sluggish the first 2 miles, anyone else? After that I felt great. Finished in 1:21. Though I learned not to wear shorts when it is below 40 degrees out. My legs were totally numb when I finished, and I think that’s why the last mile was so hard. I ran with my mom and her friend who is also training for Philly. It will be her first half marathon! She is faster than me and my mom so I predict that she will finish before us. Maybe we’ll use her as a pacer ;)


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Saturday: Oops didn’t run. Dan and I were at the Rutgers game, which is always an all day affair. No I did not wake up early to run. I was going to but let’s be real, I just don’t do morning runs.

Sunday: Easy 3 on the treadmill. Threw in some hill repeats at half marathon pace and 2 400 repeats at 5K pace. Then did some lifting. 

So that’s a wrap! I will be writing a post on my thoughts on this training cycle soon, but I have really enjoyed working with Marc. It provides me with accountability, and it’s nice having someone to answer all your random running questions :) 

I think I’m as prepared as I can be for the half. I really didn’t skip many runs this cycle (except for last week, let’s ignore that). One thing I know I can improve on is cross training. I do lift, but I know I should do more cardio based cross training as well.

Anyone else running the Philly Half??

What is your favorite way to cross train? If you’re a runner and love spinning, have you found it improves your running?


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  1. Good luck with your marathon! Hope it goes well. Im thinking about running the half marathon at University of Illinois (my college) in the spring. Any advice for a first time runner?

  2. Yay! You’re totally going to kick some butt at the half. Can’t wait to read about your experience.
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  3. I definitely love spin for cross training and think it helps tremendously–with cadence, with muscle utilization but also by giving you a chance for cardio forward low-impact exercise! Good luck with the final week!
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  4. I love spin too! Unfortunately the instructors lately have been a bit boring for me. The song selection makes a huge difference. How did you find your running coach? It’s something I would consider whenever I do another full marathon.
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  5. I feel sluggish for the first 2 miles too. It usually takes that long for my mind to kick in anyway. I’m a spin instructor and although I only teach once a week (it’s the only class I take, too) I think it is a great way to keep up endurance and leg strength.
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  6. You’re so ready for this race! The only thing I missed after canceling my gym membership was spin classes. It’s a favorite!
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  7. Spinning definitely improves my running. I sometimes sub it for speed work at the track if I’m feeling really burnt out during training!
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