Week 10: Wisconsin Half Marathon Training

I'm so happy I registered for two races before WIHM. Training has been a little monotnous and boring, but now I have racing to look forward to. The Chi-Town 10k is in just two weeks, and the Shamrock Shuffle is in less than a month. I'm in Corral B. Where's everyone else?


Chicago had a "snowstorm" on Tuesday, so I took my 5x800s indoors. Basically every time I use the gym I'm doing some kind of gnarly, unpretty running. I struggled to hit my McMillan-recommended 800m repeat pace (3:31) and was gasping for air. I did all five but could barely manage the last one. I can only blame myself; for the past ten weeks I've treated Pfitzinger's "8x100" strides as optional, and therefore never did them. This was really my first attempt at fast running in about a year. I guess I deserve all the pain  I got, and hopefully the next set will feel way easier.

I'm also pretty sure I'm doing my speedwork wrong. When I'm switching into a faster a gear, I tend to increase the length of my stride, rather than increase foot turnover. I've noticed that I only do this when I'm indoors, though -- when I'm running outside, I usually try to keep my feet moving as fast as possible. Taking big deer leaps on the treadmill is an exhausting way to run. My back hurts, my abs hurt, and I definitely start feeling fatigued quickly. 

I had a pain in my right Achilles this week from wearing my stiff rainboots too much last week and this week. It was pretty debilitating all week no matter how slow I went, but by Sunday the pain finally started to subside.

Wicker Park just before Snowbrawl.

Wicker Park just before Snowbrawl.

The 800s was my main workout this week, and besides that I just did a few easy runs of 5 or 6 miles each. I've had a lot of personal and work things happening lately, and that's just how life is sometimes. I'll just try again next week. It'll help to have more daylight in the evenings, too.

I'm really glad I'm using this modified Pfitzinger plan for my half. I know I'll be so much more prepared to do it again (all out) for NYCM in the Fall. I read through the plan many times before beginning it, but I really did underestimate how fatiguing it would be for me and how much I would struggle to get all of my miles in. At least now I know what I'm in for!

March 4 - March 10

  • Monday- Rest
  • Tuesday- 5 (5x800 at 3:31 each, 2:00 jogs).
  • Wednesday- 6.27
  • Thursday- Rest
  • Friday- 6.08
  • Saturday- Rest
  • Sunday- 2.18

Total: 19.5