Savannah Half Marathon Training – Week 5

Hey guys! I hope you had a great week! My training this week was the same mileage overall, but we kicked up the intensity a bit and I’m feeling stronger each day.

Here’s how this week looked:

Monday:  4 @ 11:17 pace.  I felt a little sluggish for this run but besides that, nothing of note for this run.  We did make a delicious dinner from Home Chef, triple pepper fish with sauteed kale (and I added rice because…carbs).  If you can believe it, it was my first time having sauteed kale and I LOVED it! This one was a big winner and we plan to make this dish again.

Triple Pepper Fish

Triple Pepper Fish

Tuesday: 5 miles with 5 x 30-second sprints with 2 minutes of easy jogging recovery between each during middle miles of the run (average pace for the entire run was 11:10), strength training focused on legs.  I was happy to get my legs moving fast during this run, it’s been some time since I’ve done this during a run!  I went a little too hard on my strength training, again.  I decided it was a good idea to get on the leg press.  I definitely got a good workout!

Wednesday: 30 minutes stationary bike, 20 minutes deep stretch yoga, epsom salt bath.  Thank goodness for cross training days.  I woke up with my legs still feeling weak from strength training but already sore, and I knew I was in for it.  I did my bike on my lunch, and tried out a yoga dvd that evening.  I’m so happy to have finally set up our bonus room so that I have a room to do workout DVDs now! My epsom salt bath was dreamy and I started a new book while soaking.  It was a good recovery day!

Thursday: 30 minutes strength training, 6 miles @ 11:36 pace finishing with 4 x 20 second striders.  I had a very early meeting at work (I hate that!) so Carrie and I made plans to meet up that evening for our run.  I squeezed in a 30 minute Jillian Michaels DVD that morning to work on arms and back (and a little core, too!).   It was a nice change up to meet after work for a run.  We met to run on the Silver Comet Trail and took it nice and slow since we were both so sore.

This is what it looks like after you have a great run!

This is what it looks like after you have a great run!

Also, I got to use my new watch! I wanted the new Garmin 235 when it came out, but couldn’t bring myself to buy it when my 610 was working just fine, and there have been so many other expenses with buying a house.  My mom sent it down to me and it made my whole week! I’m really liking it so far!

New Watch!

New Watch!

Friday: 20 mins elliptical, 10 mins bike.  Took it easy! Brian and I made another meal from our Home Chef box, steak and potatoes.  Yum.

Saturday: 11 miles @ 11:04 pace with a fast finish the last 3 miles.  We did this run on the Silver Comet Trail again.  I’ve been trying to do many of my long runs on the trail since it’s flat.  If you can believe it, I was still a little sore from Tuesday’s leg workout! It was pretty chilly to start and it took a few miles to really get warmed up.  Around mile 4, I finally got into a groove.  The final 3 miles I thought would be tough, but they actually felt really good.  My heart-rate only went up about 10 bpm.  It felt good to finish this run so strong, and I started envisioning feeling that strong on race day in Savannah!

All smiles after a strong 11 miles!

All smiles after a strong 11 miles!

Sunday: Rest day! We are hosting a superbowl housewarming party tonight, and I’m so excited for everyone to see our new place!  I’m making pulled pork bbq in the slow cooker, as well as buffalo chicken dip & salsa.  We have lots of food on the way, too.  I’m pulling for a Peyton Manning victory, though honestly, I’m just hoping for a good game.

Total Miles for the Week: 26

What went well this week: Getting in all my workouts & eating well.  I’ll be honest in that there were a couple of workouts I felt like skipping, but I found a way to get it done and of course didn’t regret it.

What didn’t: I wasn’t as good with foam rolling and stretching this week as I should have been, but besides, that, it was a great week.

Looking forward to next week, my mileage increases again as well as the intensity of my workouts, so I know foam rolling and stretching will continue to be important.  Less than two months until the half!!

How was your week, and who are you pulling for in the Super Bowl??

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Jess

One Comment

  1. Lucky you with the 235! I have been lusting after one…

    Don’t you just hate those early morning meetings that cut into your training 🙂

    Great job this week!

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