July Training

It’s hard to believe that July has already come and gone. I have mixed feeling about this because I’m so very tired of every single run being hot and humid, but I also don’t want summer to end. As I can’t slow down time I’m just going to celebrate the fact that there is only one more hot and humid training month left (hopefully) and that I have an awesome vacation coming up later this month!

I haven’t posted too much about my training this season because there really hasn’t been much to say. Everything has been going really, really well. Which is awesome! but it makes for a fairly boring weekly recap.

Over the past 5 weeks I have run an average of 42.4 miles per week. I’ve successfully moved from 5 runs per week to 6, with one exception: the week I fell. Each week has included a speed workout and a hilly run. My weekly long run averages out to just a touch longer than a half marathon (13.29 miles). While I don’t feel ready to go out and race a half marathon tomorrow, my confidence has been building with each week and I still have 8 weeks of training remaining.

Week 1 (6/27-7/3)

43.73 miles
Long run: 12 miles
Speed: 14′ @ tempo pace, 4′ recovery, 12′ @ tempo pace

Week 2 (7/4-7/10)

38.08 miles
Long run: 13.1 miles
Speed: 18′ @ tempo pace, 4′ recovery, 12′ @ tempo pace

Week 3 (7/11-7/17)

43.08 miles
Long run: 14.29 miles (Progression run w/ last 2 miles at tempo)
Speed: 18′ @ tempo pace, 4′ recovery, 15′ @ tempo pace

Week 4 (7/18-7/24)

40.08 miles
Long run: 12.06 miles (5 miles at goal pace)
Speed: 1 mile race (6:07.7)

Week 5 (7/18-7/31)

46.07 miles
Long run: 15 miles
Speed: 6 x 1000

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9 thoughts on “July Training

  1. Whew, great job this July! It’s so nice to get in consistent longer runs each weekend. I’m ready for fall, but I can’t believe I’m so close to being halfway done with training already. I feel like just yesterday it was January – 2016 is just flying by!

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  2. Good luck with the rest of your training! You are definitely on track for a strong half marathon considering you’re already running the distance (or close to it) in your long run each week and it’s still so hot and humid.

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  3. Nice job on your training! I’ve been having a lot of trouble transitioning from 5 to 6 days per week. It’s been leading to some pretty bad training weeks.

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    • If it makes you feel better, it took me almost 6 months to really make the move to 6 days/week. I started trying to add a 6th day this winter and really struggled to adapt. I was kind of shocked by how difficult it was.

      If I recall correctly I kept the distance down to 3ish miles on day 6 and was sure to keep the pace super slow, sometimes 10:00+ (which felt so dumb since my goal was a fast 5k) and sometimes I relied on run/walk intervals to make it through. Even with my efforts to make that run as easy as possible, there were many weeks were I just needed a second rest day.

      After a few months of that and a month of running reduced weekly mileage spread across 6 days/week, I am now able to comfortably train on all 6 days. I still have easy/recovery runs each week, they are no where near the struggle that they were earlier this year.

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  4. Hey, I love to hear about people’s training going well. At least someone’s should be! haha! Sorry to be tardy to the party, but which half marathon are you training for now? I agree – I will miss the summer, but those cool Fall temps will be a relief. Each morning I see the sun rising later and later. I can tell it’s just around the corner!

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    • One day this week I thought it was weirdly overcast in the morning and then I just realized that the sun hadn’t made it above the treeline yet, haha.

      The half I am running is the Mighty Niagara Half Marathon. I’ll be taking advantage of staying with family near Niagara Falls!

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