Charlevoix Half Training – Weeks 3 & 4

Sorry for the lack of blog updates in the past couple weeks! I was on a mini vacation in northern Michigan for 5 days and then spent the next few days getting caught up at work and at home.

Rest day. It was supposed to be a strength training day, but I had the day off for Memorial Day and was completely lazy instead.

Distance: 10.3
Pace: 9:00 average pace

It was quite hot and humid during this run. I spent the entire run convincing myself to just keep running for another mile and then I would take a walk break. I never actually stopped for a break but it helped to think about running just one more mile instead of thinking about the 6 miles I still had to run.

Distance: 4.0
Pace: 9:51 recovery run

Distance: 8.0
Pace: 2 miles easy, 4 miles at HMP (7:43), 2 miles easy


Distance: 14.2
Pace: 9:40

I got up early Saturday morning to do my long run so I could get it out of the way before leaving on vacation. I tested out a new hydration pack during this run and was super impressed! A full review will be coming later this month; I want to use it a few more times first.

Distance: 4.1
Pace: 9:57

Distance: 40.6 miles
Speed work: 1 tempo run
Supplemental Training: yeah, no.

Distance: 10.0
Pace: 9:24

Mondays are typically a rest day, but this was the one day of vacation where I had nothing else planned. Even though my legs were a bit tired, this run was amazing. The road I ran went through the woods next to a lake. There was a nice mix of sun and shade and I ended my run by jumping in the lake. So refreshing!

rest day

Distance: 5.0
Pace: 10:11 recovery run

rest day

Thursday was my downfall of the week. I got home from vacation late Wednesday night and even after a long nap Thursday afternoon, I just did not have the energy to go for a run.

Distance: 9
Pace: 10:01 average pace with 10 strides

I kept the pace nice and slow during this run because I had a race the next morning. Not my greatest plan, but I didn’t want to skip Thursday’s run completely. This was only meant to be an 8 mile run, but I miscalculated my route.

Distance: .5 mile warm up + 3.1
Pace: 6:57 (21:36)

This wasn’t really a goal race for me and I blew my chances of getting a good time when I chose to run 9 miles the night before the race. That said, I’m pretty pleased to have finished only about 30 seconds slower than Shanty 2 Short’s! Full race recap later this week!

After the race my husband and I spent the afternoon visiting breweries and we ended the night at a concert (Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness). It was a very busy day, but it was an absolute blast!

Distance: 0.0

My training schedule called for a 15 mile long run. I got as far as mapping out a basic route before I decided to take a rest day. My right calf is super tight and painful. By taking Sunday off, I get two rest days in a row. Plus instead of spending 2.5+ hours on a run, I was able to prep my breakfasts and lunches for the week. Week 5 should be back on track.

Distance: 27.6 miles
Speed work: strides + 5k race
Supplemental Training: Hahaha…no.


8 thoughts on “Charlevoix Half Training – Weeks 3 & 4

  1. Great job at the race! Can't wait to see your recap. It was probably a good idea to rest after your race, and it's great to be able to spend time prepping 🙂 2 great weeks of training! Happy to see you're back and hope you had a great vacation!


  2. Oh nooooo I hope your calf isn't hurt again!!!

    Congrats on your race! That's awesome that you still did so well after your 9 miler! I did something similar before my first half marathon last year, I ran a 5K the day after a 9 miler. I thought it was just going to be a fun run with friends and then I decided to race it and got a huge PR. I've found that training for longer races does wonders for my shorter race times. Glad you're back and that you have had a great couple weeks of training!


  3. I don't think it is anything serious, just feels like a bad knot in my calf. It felt just serious enough that I was worried that if I ran, I would push it into an injury. I decided it wasn't worth the risk.

    That is awesome that you were able to grab a PR after a 9 miler!


  4. I'm looking forward to hearing about the hydration pack. It seems like every summer I buy one or two new things. I have yet to find my perfect match.

    I hope your calf starts feeling better soon. It was smart of you to cut back on the long run and give it a little TLC! I know you already know that, but cutting back on a long run can be hard and sometimes it's nice to hear someone else validate our decision to skip a run 😉 Or at least it's that way for me!


  5. I know exactly what you mean! I feel guilty if I cut back on any run, but skipping the long run always feels like the worst possible thing that I could do. But sometimes you just need to listen to your body and rest. My calf feels fine this morning, so I think it was the right decision!


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