The Love Run 13.1 — Training Week 2 Recap

This week presented some challenges, including a sore right foot, lethargy from a flu shot, and intense wind during my long run. I fell a bit short of my projected mileage this week. However, I've been dealing a nagging right achilles/calf for several weeks now, so I figured an extra rest day couldn't hurt. Here's the schedule I was planning to follow:


WEEK 2: 32 Miles
Mon Jan 13 Easy Run Dist: 5 Mi @9:34
Tue Jan 14 Easy Run Dist: 4 Mi @9:34
Wed Jan 15 Speedwork Dist: 6 Mi, inc Warm; 3x1600 in 7:36 w/800 jogs; Cool
Thu Jan 16 Easy Run Dist: 4 Mi @9:34
Sat Jan 18 Long Run Dist: 13 Mi @9:34

Since I ran a lot of miles the previous weekend, I switched up my days as follows:


WEEK 2: 29 Miles
Mon Jan 13 Recovery jog Dist: 4 Mi @9:53
Tues Jan 14 Rest  -
Wed Jan 15 Speedwork Dist: 6 Mi, inc Warm; 3x1600 in (fast?) w/800 jogs; Cool
Fri Jan 17 Easy Run Dist: 5 Mi @9:36
Sat Jan 18 Long Run Dist: 13.55 Mi @9:33

Wednesday's speedwork felt great, though my right achilles/arch started aching again towards the end. I still can't find my Garmin, so for now I've been relying on iPhone apps to help me track my speed. Realistically, the best way for me to gauge my speed is how hard I am breathing, and I definitely felt like I was running 5k pace during those mile repeats (1600 x 3 at 7:36).

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Look at the Ben Franklin Bridge!  And my new Oiselle Flyte Long Sleeve! 

Saturday's long run was pretty miserable, to be honest. I was excited that it wasn't raining for the first time in weeks on my long run day, but the wind was between 15 and 25 mph for the entirety of my run. This made the 9:33 pace I held feel much more difficult than it should have.


I ended up doing a little course preview of the Love Run for my long run. I did about half of the course (above) plus some extra miles to and from my house. Even though I've run around Philly a million times, I haven't run a road half marathon in over 3 years and need to build confidence on the roads again. There is really only one hill in the entire course but it is quite long and steep. This hill definitely made me miss the unspoken rule of ultrarunning: walk the hills.

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Warning: Hill is steeper than it appears in photos! 

In the end, I was only 3 miles short of my 32 mile goal for this week. I'm happy that I got in a couple of easy runs, and two quality workouts in my speedwork and long run. I can already feel my speed and endurance building again within just the past two weeks. Only 10 weeks to go 'til race day! 

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3 thoughts on “The Love Run 13.1 — Training Week 2 Recap

  1. Colleen

    Hello! I found your blog while looking up races in Vermont (I live in VT) and the first post I read was about your Vermont 50 miler (and loved it)! Anyways, I HAVE to ask about this half marathon training plan. I run half and full marathons, but I never run the full race distance in training (let alone in the first week!). I'm curious why you are running 13 miles as your long run in week one. Are you keeping up milage because you are training for something longer in the future? Thanks!

    1. Danielle @ Trails & Cocktails

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      Hi Colleen, Vermont is definitely one of my favorite places in the world, especially for running! As far as the training plan goes, I am actually following a Runner's World online training plan that prescribes weekly long runs of 13 or 14 miles with a down week every 4th week. I think this is because I set the plan to "moderate" instead of maintenance, meaning I want to get faster than I currently am. I am not a running coach and definitely not a half marathon expert by any means, but I actually like this plan because I'm used to running long on weekends thanks to ultra training. I'm also coming off a strong base from last fall and might run a fall marathon, so I like the idea of keeping up a weekly 2 hour run just to keep my endurance in check. Thanks for reading! :)


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