Colfax Half Marathon Training Update: Weeks 7 and 8

Colfax Half Marathon weeks 7 and 8 via Treble in the Kitchen

I can’t really believe it, but it’s already RACE WEEK!

Last Wednesday, I ran my final long run of 12 miles, so this week it’s all about the taper.  I felt great after the 12 mile run with minimal soreness the days following, which was definitely a change from prior training runs.  Overall, I feel a bit weird about this race.  I can’t really explain it, but I almost feel as though running a half marathon has lost it’s luster since I have completed a full.  Now, I’m not saying that I don’t need to train to run a half or that it’s easy to get in the mileage…but it definitely feels different.

Here is a look at my final weeks of training.

WEEK 7 RECAP

  • Monday | Teach Bodypump
  • Tuesday | Boot Camp
  • Wednesday | Hot Yoga, 3 mile run

I completed this run just after my hot yoga session, which was probably a bad idea.  I was honestly doing it mostly so that Bernie could get some exercise in, but I quickly realized that next time I complete a hot yoga session a walk afterwards would be just fine!

  • Thursday | 6 mile run

Running with Bernie from Treble in the Kitchen

It’s amazing how 6 miles feels like such a short distance after completing higher mileage.  Just like usual, Bernie did wonderful and stayed right by my side.

  • Friday | Tabata
  • Saturday | Hike
  • Sunday| Off

WEEK 8 RECAP

  • Monday | Teach Bodypump
  • Tuesday | Boot camp
  • Wednesday | 12 miles

Colfax half Marathon Training

The weather was seriously PERFECT this day.  I brought along a little treat for Bernie to eat half way and I ate half a larabar at mile 6 as well.  My stomach and energy levels were great!  After the run, I did a bit of stretching and walking and was not sore the days after the run.  This was surprising to me, since I don’t do a TON of running when I’m not training, but I’m definitely not complaining about it 🙂

  • Thursday | 3 mile run/walk (jog)

This was just a casual, easy jog with Bernie and his littermate/brother.  We ran to the dog park and then ran/walked home.  Honestly, it was just what I needed after that 12 miler!

  • Friday | Hike
  • Saturday | Off
  • Sunday | Off

This week, I have a few shorter runs planned for Wednesday (today) and Thursday.  Friday, I will probably do a tabata class and then Saturday I will focus on stretching and walking (and sleeping!).  I’m getting excited for the actual race!

Questions about running with a dog?!

I feel like I’ve learned a TON about running with a dog through this experience and I would be happy to answer any questions you guys may have!! Feel free to leave them in the comments below, e-mail me (trebleinthekitchen at gmail dot com), or send me something on one of my social channels.

I hope you all have a fantastic and active week!

Comments

  1. Can’t believe it’s race time! Good luck and can’t wait to hear how it goes!!

  2. Isn’t it the best feeling when you’re not sore after a run where you were expecting to be?!
    Good luck with your race!!

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