Monday, September 7, 2015

Training Update - Cocoa Beach Half Marathon

I am now about 6 weeks out from the Cocoa Beach Half Marathon. This will be my second half marathon after having Ellie and the first one I have run in about a year and a half. All I can say about training right now is that it is going.

The Good

While I am a little frustrated with my training, it is not all bad. I have been hitting almost all my scheduled workouts, both runs and cross-training, and have been feeling good. Recovery has also been pretty good which is amazing because I never get enough sleep.

Each week I have been doing one speed work session, one temp run, one long run and two strength and conditioning sessions. Yoga and body pump have been some of my conditioning favorites this cycle. I am feeling really good on the shorter (sub-hour) workouts.

The Bad

My speed still stinks. I feel like I am still slower than a turtle going through molasses that just came out of the freezer. The long runs are where I feel the slowest. I don't know if it is just summer in Florida or if speed is more illusive than I thought it would be.

This week I also found out that almost 3 miles of the half are on the sand. I am not super thrilled about that one. It also gives me even less hope of making progress with my speed.

It also seems like my long run groove is MIA. I have been putting in the miles, but never really find my happy place. Again, I am not sure if this is the heat or just that life is crazy and long runs are hard. We will see how I feel about running long after this race. It has been my hardest training cycle so far.

My plan for the remaining weeks of training are more of the same. Running and cross training. 

If nothing else, I should be more fit at the end of training than I was at the beginning. I am not loving the long run right now. This may be because I have been doing most of them starting later than I would like, but that is how my schedule works right now. Training with a toddler is a whole new experience.