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Hatfield-McCoy Double Half Marathon Training – Weeks 6 + 7 + 8 + 9: Working the core, Phoenix Pride Run, Catch-up with DC Happy Feet

I spent part of this week recovering and catching up after a long weekend in Phoenix last week. Last Saturday, I ran the Pride Run (half marathon) and crossed state number 13 off my list (Wooo Arizona! — Hope to have a race recap up shortly.). And then afterward, I attended an old high school friend’s wedding (I love celebrating love). It was a good day — it was a good several days, actually. The weather in Phoenix was gorgeous, the race went well, the wedding was perfect, and I gained 5 pounds (i.e., I ate too much, drank too much, and was way merry).

I’m back home now — back to focusing on training for the Hatfield-McCoy Double Half Marathon (and trying to lose those 5 lbs. I gained).

Reuniting with old middle school buddies. :)

Reuniting with old middle school buddies. 🙂

 

Congratulations, Harmony and Joe

Congratulations, Harmony and Joe ❤

I know I’m behind on my weekly training recaps. Life has been a whirlwind (as usual).

Since my last update (4 weeks ago?), I’ve added a core routine into my workouts, continued my hill/incline training, and have increased my weekly mileage just slightly. I’m about at the halfway point of my training now.

I’ll be honest: I don’t think I’m working as hard this training season as I did last summer for the Marine Corps Marathon training. My runs during the week and weekend were longer and harder last year.

Despite that though, I have noticed an improvement in endurance during hill repeats — it’s gotten easier.  I’ve also noticed a slight increase in my average speed. It’s tiny, but it’s there.

For this second half of training, I’m going to try to work a little harder (longer, more consistent runs) and continue hill training and the core workouts.

Week 6

Monday, March 14 – none

Tuesday, March 15 – 6 miles – treadmill

Wednesday, March 16 – 4 miles – treadmill + 2 miles hill workout

Thursday, March 17 – 4 miles – treadmill + core workout

Friday, March 18 – none

Saturday, March 19 – 14 miles – C&O Canal towpath

Sunday, March 20 – none

Total = 20 miles

Week 7

Monday, March 21 – none

Tuesday, March 22 – 3 miles – treadmill + core workout

Wednesday, March 23 – 3 miles – treadmill + 1 mile hill workout

Thursday, March 24 – 5 miles – treadmill + 1 mile hill workout

Friday, March 25 – none

Saturday, March 26 – 16 miles – C&O Canal towpath

Sunday, March 27 – none

Totals = 29 miles

Week 8

Monday, March 28 – none

Tuesday, March 29 – none

Wednesday, March 30 – 4 miles – treadmill + core workout

Thursday, March 31 – none

Friday, April 1 – none

Saturday, April 2 – Phoenix Pride Run (13.1 miles)

Sunday, April 3 – none

Total = 17.1 miles

Week 9

Monday, April 4 – none

Tuesday, April 5 – 6 miles – treadmill + core workout

Wednesday, April 6 – HH with DC Happy Feet 🙂

Thursday, April 7 – 8 miles – treadmill

Friday, April 8 – 3 miles – treadmill + 1 mile hill workout

Saturday, April 9 – 10 miles – treadmill

Sunday, April 10 – none

Total = 28 miles

Total miles for the year = 283.2 miles

Earlier this week, I met up with Jen and Emily for dinner. In case you forgot, they’re the chicas I’m doing Run the Year 2016 with. We had dinner at Compass Rose in DC — cute little place, great food. Their concept is international street food, which I just love (both the concept and street food).

Congratulations, Harmony and Joe <3

Compass Rose’s Tunisian chicken skewers

Compass Rose's version of the Georgian dish khachapuri (cheese-filled bread with egg and butter).

Compass Rose’s version of the Georgian dish khachapuri (cheese-filled bread with egg and butter).

Compass Rose's version of the Indian dish Pakora (spicy vegetable fritter)

Compass Rose’s version of the Indian dish Pakora (spicy vegetable fritter)

So far, we’ve completed 571 miles as a team (go DC Happy Feet!) — only 1,445 more to go!

We chatted about upcoming races during dinner (naturally) — both Jen and Emily are doing full marathons this year. Jen is doing the Berlin Marathon in September (so awesome!) and Emily is doing the Marine Corps Marathon in October (love this race!). I gave them updates on Hatfield-McCoy and told them about my San Francisco race in July/August. That transitioned into talking about the Big Sur International Marathon in Big Sur, California (on my bucket list!).

Apparently, there is a relay option for Big Sur. So, I think we’re going to try to sign up and do it together in 2017. It would be fun experience and maybe I can tack on a race in another west coast state before or after the relay. Registration for Big Sur opens in July, so I’ll let you know if we get in. 🙂

Hope you had a great weekend. Enjoy the week!

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5 Comments

  1. 50in50marathonquest says

    Lois like some great training and s fun trip to check off another state, look forward to the full recap. And that food looks awesome!

  2. Pingback: 13/50: Arizona – Phoenix Pride Run Half Marathon | Running the States

  3. The pictures look great!!! Since my schedule messed up Big Sur, will have to think of another race to do together for 2017.

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