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Last Week’s Workouts + What Races I’m Training For

A recap of last week’s workouts while training for the Mistletoe Half Marathon, plus a few other races I’m eyeing over the next few months! 


Mistletoe Half Marathon

A few of you have asked what I’m training for, and I realized I haven’t really been clear about it! I’m training for the Mistletoe Half Marathon, although I just found out today that some work travel may really screw that up. 🙁  I may do the Asheville Race 13.1 in a couple weeks, but it’s not the race I built my training plan around, so that’s not ideal either. And I’m testing the longer distances within my half marathon training plan (since it gives ranges to run) to see how I feel about potentially doing a marathon in January or February. Let me know if you know of any great marathons in those months!

Racing well at the Mistletoe Half Marathon isn’t the end-all-be-all, but it’s just so frustrating to train so hard and then feel like it all gets messed up with circumstances outside my control. (I like plans and structure…can you tell?? ) Oh well. That’s life.

Okay, onto the recap of last week’s workouts!

Last Week’s Workouts


T – 10.5 miles (progression run) + CrossFit

The goal of the progression run was to steadily increase my pace, with a fast finish. I ran the first 5 miles with a friend, around an 8:30-8:40 pace, and then finished the run alone. I NEVER run in the dark alone for safety’s sake, but there was enough traffic out by the time I was wrapping up, so I felt okay about it — and I loved it. Something about solo morning runs before the sun is up is so peaceful.

CrossFit was good too. We did a 10 min EMOM of power clean/hang power clean, increasing weight each time. I got up to 100# & the Metcon had lots heavy deadlifts at 155#, which I love. Here’s the exact WOD if you’re interested.


W – yoga

Th – 10.3 miles,  6×1200 intervals at 6:30-6:46 pace, + warm-up/cool down

I went to the track for this workout. Track workouts always go by so much more quickly than I expect, and the miles really add up. This workout was tough, but I reminded myself that “quality” workouts shouldn’t be easy!

F – 4 miles, easy, 8:05 pace (I ran in some new Mizunos, which I loved!)

Sa – 5 miles, easy, 8:30 pace

Su – 15 miles, average 8:05 pace

My long run was supposed to be anywhere from 1 hr 45 min – 2 hr 15 minutes, with 2-4 miles at goal race pace (7:15) in the middle and a “fast finish”. I did 3 miles between 7:15-7:30 pace, but I had nothing left in the tank at the end for a fast finish. I think I needed more fuel since I only took one GU with me and probably didn’t eat enough before I ran either. I had 2 piece of gluten-free toast + almond butter + 1/2 banana…and the toast slices are tiny. Lesson learned! Long runs are practice for race day to work out these kind of kinks.


Total Miles: 45.2

Hope you’re having a great week!

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    How about Myrtle Beach early March?
    There is also in January.

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    Wooo! 45 miles to train for half marathon? I noticed that your weekday runs have high mileages as well, which is something I’ve never seen for half marathon training plans. Did you design it yourself? what’s the thinking behind it.

    ps. long time reader but first time commenting. 😉

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      Thanks for commenting Coco!

      I know, this plan is shocking me too with the long distances! It’s a plan through Strava Premium, and I really like it. It’s super organized with daily emails and an online overview too. I was able to choose between Speed Monster or Endurance Monster when I was building the plan. I chose Endurance Monster since I feel crossfit gives me a lot of fast-twitch muscle fiber training and I knew my endurance needed some work. This plan is DEFINITELY pushing me on the endurance piece! ha!

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    You may have already said, but what training plan are you using? I got injured – stress fracture – training for my marathon that I was supposed to run this Sunday 🙁 I deferred my entry to next year so I still have quite awhile but not running has me thinking about running 110% of the time. Even though I’m an experienced runner, I think I was too aggressive in training, and it was going to be my first full so I need to wrap my head around conquering the distance, not the time. That’s hard for me 🙂

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      It’s a plan through Strava Premium. I was able to choose between Speed Monster or Endurance Monster when I was building the plan. I chose Endurance Monster since I feel crossfit gives me a lot of fast-twitch muscle fiber training and I knew my endurance needed some work. I’m super paranoid about getting injured too so I’m being extra cautious whenever anything feels off, and I’m working with a PT on some trouble areas.

      I’m so sorry you aren’t able to run. 🙁 It’s SO hard. And I totally know the feeling – when you can’t run, it’s ALL you think about. I remind myself of that on days that I’m not feeling like running – “Teri, at least you CAN run. Get out there!”

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