Weekly training recap: SF2HM Week 11 (aka Race Week!)

*SF2HM = San Francisco 2nd Half Marathon

Mon: Rest.

Tues: Easy 3 miles, walked for the remainder.
Stats: 3.3 miles + 30 min stretching/rolling

Wed: 30 min stretching/rolling

Thurs: Similar to Tuesday, except that I added strides in mile 2.
Stats: 3.2 miles + 30 min stretching/rolling

Fri: Rest. Went to the Race Expo.

Sat: 2 mile shake-out run + 30 min stretching/rolling

Sun: Race day! Recap coming soon, but here are the quick take-home messages:
1. I didn’t get my sub-2. Wah-wah. My official time: 2:01:05.
2. I ran a negative split, but mostly because I went out way too conservatively in the first 4 miles. But, hey, at least I didn’t blow up. *small victories*
3. I ran the same pace today as I did for Healdsburg, where I PR’d with 2:00:37. The main difference? I ran a slightly longer race today… which, if I had to guess, would mostly be due to the weaving I had to do to get around the crowds.
Stats: 13.2 miles @ 9:11/mile, ~500′ elevation gain

In front of the Bay Bridge with my hard-earned SF2HM medal.

In front of the Bay Bridge with my hard-earned SF2HM medal.

WEEKLY TOTAL: 21.7 miles + ~1.5 hours stretching.
How I felt about it: I’m wondering if I tapered too much, because my legs did not have any spring in them this morning. I probably should have kept some intensity in my runs. Oh well. B.

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10 comments on “Weekly training recap: SF2HM Week 11 (aka Race Week!)
  1. Congrats!! Looks like a beautiful run. Sorry no sub 2, but you finished without dying and that’s always good đŸ™‚

    • Jen says:

      Thanks! Yes, not dying is always good. And like I told my boyfriend last night, “Well, at least I didn’t crap my pants!” haha

  2. BT says:

    Great Job, Jen! Can’t wait to run with you sometime soon.

  3. Dominick S. says:

    Negative splits on a course with 500 feet of elevation gain…that’s awesome! You’re definitely going to break sub 2 soon, so close! It looks like a fun race but you should sign up for the San Fran Rock N Roll next year!

    • Jen says:

      Thanks Dominick. SF RnR looks cool, but I’m probably going to run the Big Sur International Marathon, which I think is 2-3 weeks after SF RnR. But I’ll definitely be there to cheer you on and to have a celebratory beer with you afterwards! And anyway, I think I’ll sign up for the SF 1st half next year so I can complete the “Half It All” challenge. (The SF 1st half course is very similar to the SF RnR course, BTW.)

  4. Laura says:

    Whoa, you ROCKED IT GIRL!!!! Great job! You will HANDLE that first half next year, WOOO!!!! đŸ™‚

  5. Amy says:

    I have a love/hate relationship with all of the trial and error that goes into mastering races. The one time I attempted negative splits I also started off too conservatively, and I was frustrated. I like to think of each attempt as one race closer to figuring it all out! You still win for most awesome post-race photo!

    • Jen says:

      I think you’re totally right. It’s frustrating to have to learn these lessons with each race, when all I want to do is PR. haha

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