Hillsborough Half Training: Week 2

Total weekly mileage:

Planned: 19
Actual: 19.1



  • I made it out once before work, which I consider a big win considering how rough some of our nights have been (molars, summer cold.)
  • On two different occasions I was tempted to cancel/reschedule runs because of schedule shifting, but both times I convinced myself to just do something, even if it isn't as long as I wanted. On Saturday that meant that my 5-6 miler became about 3.5 miles, and that my Sunday long run actually got done in full (!!) because I felt WAY less tired once I was moving.

This week's workout: 30 minute tempo

Somehow I completely lucked out and got ~70 degree weather on the morning I had a 30 minute tempo scheduled. Like last week's 400m repeats, I decided to run blind rather than try to figure out what my tempo pace should be. (Honestly, it's been like two years since I ran a tempo workout, so your guess is as good as mine.) If I had to guess, I would have said high 8 minute miles, since I almost never see those on my easy runs and it feels like I'm hustling when I am running anything faster than 9:30s. After a warm-up, my watch beeped and I went by sound for the rest of my workout. When I came home and synced my watch, I was glad that they clocked in (a little) faster than that:

Long run: 7.5 miles

I was pretty sore following my tempo run and had some shin pain that caused me to cut another short. So I saved my long run until the last minute on Sunday, which happened to be a 100+ degree day here. Awful - except that just as I was lacing up my shoes at dusk, the thunder rolled in and I got to run in the rain. It was still steamy, but way more bearable than if I had gone out in the morning. My shins felt okay!


  • Is it too early for runger to set in? I ate two breakfasts and two lunches today, and was still hungry. Ridiculous.

Hillsborough Half Training: Week 1

All right! Week one!

Total weekly mileage:

  • Planned: 17 miles
  • Actual: 17.6

The red line shows my planned mileage. I am using this graph as a dashboard this time around to help stay motivated. I want to see those blue bars hit the red line!


  • I got up early to run before work not just once, but twice. Ya'll, this is HUGE for me.
  • Because of schedule shuffling, I had a 5 miler on Saturday and a 6 miler on Sunday. That's a lot of mileage for me on a weekend and I'm pleased with how good I felt both days.
  • On Sunday night I played tennis with another mama friend, so I'm counting that as my cross-training for the week.

This week's workout: 4x400 @5k pace

This was actually supposed to be 5x400, but I wrote it down wrong - whoops. Oh well, four was plenty for me!

Going into this workout, I had no clue what "5k pace" is. I used the Workout function on my Garmin 310xt and just ran without looking at my pace or time. When I got home and synced my watch, I was super pleased to see these splits! Not a bad place to start, and I can't wait to see my repeats get faster.

"Long" run: 6 miles

It was a brutal 85 degrees before 8am over the weekend, but I got it done and even swung by the farmer's market to wave at my fam before circling back toward home.


  • Tweaking my plan: I have a habit of clicking over to my training plan throughout the day (anyone else? Just me?) and I'm starting to think the weekly long runs are a little slow to build up mileage. I'm thinking of adding some extra mileage on the weekends. Since this is a pretty low mileage training plan anyway, I think it'll be fine.

That's a wrap on Week 1! It feels so good to be training for a goal race again!