Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
Sunday December 20th 2020 was the Mount Dora Half Marathon. This race has been on my to-do list for a while now. I've never done it because it's a little far away and I've always had another race on the same weekend. This year however, was different since Covid-19 made races pretty scarce. Mount Dora Half is usually a pretty big event and it has a Christmas theme which I absolutely love (themed races are always my favorites).
Race morning I drove to Mount Dora and arrived pretty early since I read parking might be an issue. I think I got there an hour before start time and didn't have a problem finding a spot to park. There was a smaller field this year and they have the 5k race on Saturday instead of Sunday now so all of that helped. I got my packet and started to make my way to the starting line. Everyone was very safe and things were spread out pretty well.
The Race Miles 1-3 7:58, 7:45, 7:51
We went out in waves to help with social distancing. I went off in the first wave but in the back so I didn't start out too fast. I wanted to run a comfortable pace but not push myself too much. I wanted a long run pace not a goal race pace. The first part is uphill and they did warn us about all the hills in the beginning. I felt pretty great and downtown Mt. Dora is one of the cutest towns I have ever seen.
Miles 4-7 7:39, 7:42, 7:46, 7:52
The first part was through downtown and the middle seemed to be the residential areas which were also super cute. There were so many hills during these miles but nothing too crazy I think the worst one was at the mile 5 marker. I was running by feel and everything felt pretty easy at this point.
Miles 8-10 7:40, 7:40, 7:32
I wanted to speed up a little at the second half if I felt up to it which I did. Since the hills were mostly over I knew I could do some negative splits. I really enjoyed the views of Mt. Dora and the houses near the lake were beautiful.
Miles 11-13.10 7:37, 7:31, 7:44, 7:32
I was in the home stretch and still feeling good. I was able to eat my 2 energy gels and also had some water from the water stations. I wanted to get my pace down to the 7:30s since I was feeling so great. Mile 12-13 was the only one that felt kind of tough. The final part took us back into downtown and luckily we had a downhill finish.
I was super happy with my time I didn't push myself too hard but still had a good pace and felt great. I really enjoyed this race so much and cannot wait to run it again in the future. I loved the Christmas theme and also the medals/shirts with the reindeer wearing a mask because it was so perfect for 2020!
Overall 73 out of 670
1st in 30-34 females out of 30
Week three of 50k training is in the books (only three weeks? It feels like so much more haha). Well here's a quick recap to update you on how it's going and how I feel.
Sunday Farklek Run
These type of workouts are new for me and I am enjoying them. I like being able to go from a super fast run to a moderate one because I know it helps me with my speed.
Monday 8 Easy
Tuesday 8 Moderate
Wednesday 4 Easy
I did some elliptical cross training and weights.
Long run #1 of the week
These back to back long runs are no joke! I think this was the most challenging day and now I see why I had so many easy miles this week in preparation.
One thing I like about this plan is every week is so different. The mileage is building but I a still motivated and interested in the process. Next week I have a half marathon for my long run so that will be fun to mix things up a bit.
64 Miles with a 16 miler long run
This was one of the highest mileage weeks I've done and I believe it's also the peak. I am pleased with how I'm able to hit all of my workouts and paces without too much discomfort.
Speedwork at 10k pace for 3k, 2k, 2k, with jog rest after and warm up/cool down for a total of 10 Miles
Tempo 4 miler with warm up cool down for a total of 8
Easy 8 with strides
16 miler 2nd half faster than first
Easy 8 with strides
Weekly Mileage Total
A 58 mile week with a 16 miler long run
A few weeks into the new training plan with Hanson's Marathon Method 5k training and here's how it went.
Sunday speedwork with 7 X 1K sprints at 10k pace with warm up/cool down for a total of 10 miles.
Overall it felt pretty good and easier than expected.
4 Mile tempo run plus warm up/cool down for a total of 8 miles
Easy 6 with strides
16 miler long run with the second half faster than the first
This was the longest run I've ever done. It really was a fun challenge because these are my favorite type of runs. It was very hot and humid outside, and I believe that made it even more challenging.
Weekly Mileage Total
Overall it was a successful week and next week looks pretty similar and should be good as well. I feel myself gaining speed and also endurance. I really miss racing though I can't wait to get back into it when the season starts up again.
I ran 52 miles last week and here's what happened.
Week 2 of the training plan is going pretty well if I do say so myself. I put on 52 miles last week and everything felt pretty good all in all. Prior to this the most I had ever run in a week is probably 35 miles or so.
Speed-work 400 M with warm up cool/downs for a total of 9 miles
This felt pretty good overall. I like the intensity of the speed-work and how it increases mileage at the same time.
7 mile tempo work
Easy 6 with strides at the end
This run felt pretty easy. I am getting to the point where I wake up on Fridays and look forward to it.
Next week will be pretty similar in workouts and paces and I also will be running in the Tomoka Half Marathon (my first half) so I look forward to that.
Weekly Mileage Total: