Sunday, November 30, 2014

Seattle Half Training Week 8 (Race Week)


Monday: Swim 1,700 yards + easy run 2.5 miles (14:31 pace)

First time exceeding a mile (1 swim mile = 1,650 yards) in a swim workout! 

Tuesday: Ballet class (75 minutes)

Wednesday: Easy run 3.0 miles (14:02 pace), with a few strides in the last mile

Thursday: Swim 600 yards (in a 25-foot-long hotel pool)

Friday: Treadmill run 2.0 miles (13:30 pace) 

Saturday: Rest day, only about 30 minutes walking to/from the expo and dinner

Sunday: Seattle Half Marathon in 2:52:15 (13:09 pace)

Total swimming: 2,300 yards
Total running: 20.6 miles

I was hoping to get my race recap up today, but my Garmin isn't cooperating to get my data from it. I'm actually ok with my time - it's only 3 1/2 minutes slower than my PR, and since that PR was set on a race called "the Flat", and the Seattle course is decidedly not flat, I believe I did put forth a comparable, and my best, effort. 

Next, moving on to 5ks, so need to bring back the speedwork! As mentioned last week, I have a 5k on NYE (likely my last chance to get a sub-30 for my 30 Before 30 list before my birthday - although I do think I can set a PR, I'm not sure about beating it by that much), another 5k in February, and the stair climb in January. 


  1. Congrats on your sub-3 hour goal!

    I agree, it's hard to compare races whose courses are dramatically different, so it sounds like even though it wasn't a PR, you still had a very solid race.

    Good luck with the 5K!

    1. Thanks!

      There's one half that I actually have done all three years since I started doing halfs, and hope to continue doing every year (Foot Traffic Flat on July 4th) - not just because it's a nice course and good race, but for that comparison factor. :) Fun to try different races sure, but I also enjoy having the consistent benchmark.


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