Kaiser Half Week 7 – Race Week!

My goal for this mini-taper week was to cut down on the weekday mileage, but keep up the intensity.  Here’s how that went down:

Tues: 2 x race pace miles (9:09) + stairs.
Warm-up, followed by 2 miles at 9:01 and 9:07, 6 x Cleveland Cascade, cool-down.
I focused on running by feel and making sure my effort level was at a comfortably hard pace.  Good, confidence-building run!
4 miles @ 10:09/mile + 6x Cleveland Cascade

Thurs: Timed mile.
It’s been 4 weeks since my last timed mile, so I decided to hit the track and try it again.  I knew it was going to be a battle because my warm-up was a lot slower than usual.  My first lap was too slow, and I didn’t really get into the groove until the 2nd half of the mile.  My time was 7:46, 2 seconds slower than last time.  Of course I would’ve liked to run faster than my previous time, but I was okay with 7:46 too.  Other notes – the highlight of my run was running into Roserunner at the track.  Low-light: having an off-leash puppy jump on my bare legs and scratch me with his paws.  Unfortunately, the owner was nowhere in sight, so I didn’t get to give him/her a piece of my mind.  Grrr.
3 miles @ 9:34/mile

Fri: Easy run with strides (x5).
Nothing notable – just a solid, nice run.
3.7 miles @ 10:01/mile

Sun: Kaiser Permanente SF Half Marathon!
Unofficial stats: 1:58:51, 123/319 AG, 704/2163 F, 2051/4355 overall.
Garmin stats: 1:58:56 for 13.2 miles @ 9:00/mile
Recap coming soon!
14.5 miles (13.2 + 1.3 miles jog to start) 

Total mileage for the week: 25.2
Besides some upper body soreness leftover from last week’s yoga session, this was a great week, with the highlight being today’s sub-2 hour performance.  I’m still basking in the glory of accomplishing a long-time goal, but I can’t rest on my laurels for too long — Oakland Marathon is just 7 weeks away!!

Plan for the coming week:
Mon:  Rest.
Tues:  5 miles easy w/ strides + stairs
Wed:  6 miles w/elevation.
Thurs:  Yoga.
Fri:  Rest.
Sat:  San Bruno trail run with Cathryn.
Sun:  6 miles trail

Random photo of the week:

Just maxin' & chillaxin'

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8 comments on “Kaiser Half Week 7 – Race Week!
  1. outside time says:

    Congrats on breaking 2 hours!! I’m so excited for you!

  2. Hillary says:

    SUB-TWO!!!! I hope you had two subs to celebrate. Or, you know, 1 full sub and like all but a few bites of the second. Congrats – such an exciting item to cross off of the list!

  3. Cathryn says:

    Just brilliant stuff. So chuffed for you.

  4. Congrats on the 1/2! Bummer about the off-leash dog. I hate it when people do that. :(

    • Jen says:

      Thanks Jan! As for the dog, I’m just glad that it wasn’t more serious. My friend was knocked over once by huge dog on a retractable leash!

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