Loudoun Half Marathon Training Log – Weeks 4 and 5

We’re home from our wonderful week away in Florida!  If you follow me on Instagram then hopefully you saw just a sampling of our trip, including all of the wonderful places that I got to run while we were on vacation.  One of my April goals was to keep up with training while on vacation, and I’m happy to report that with the exception of strength training, I kept up with that goal!

Week 4 Training:

Monday, April 3rd

After having run 10 miles the day prior, I took a full rest day.  My body needed it.

Tuesday, April 4th

I did a running commute to/from daycare to pick up little man.  I ran 1.30 miles to daycare with an empty stroller, and then after picking up little man ran another 3 miles.  Because the weather was so nice (the temperature was 80 degrees), I also walked another mile after my run.

Picture perfect weather + new running shoes + a quick nap for little man during my running commute to/from daycare today made for a great start to the evening!

Wednesday, April 5th

I don’t normally run two days in a row, but with thunderstorms in the forecast for the next day, I decided to switch my schedule around instead of risking having to do my run on the treadmill.  I ran 4.50 miles at a 9:35 pace and felt great throughout my run.

Thursday, April 6th

After work I headed to the gym, where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes doing weight training.  I left the gym nice and sore.

Friday, April 7th

Friday afternoon and evening was spent packing and getting ready for our trip to Florida.  There wasn’t any time left in the schedule to get a work out in.

Saturday, April 8th

We had a very early morning (our alarm went off at 2:30 a.m.) because of our 6:00 a.m. flight.  But it was worth it when we arrived at the beach that afternoon!

Sunday, April 9th

I completed my long run at the beach, and it was glorious.  During the first half of my run I ran south along the main road on Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach, and I felt strong.  I took a Gu at 3.45 miles and ate a couple of Clif Shot bloks during my pit stop at the Don Cesar Hotel at 6.10 miles.  During my run south I ran into the wind, which certainly helped me in maintaining a consistent pace.  My splits during the first 6.10 miles of my run were: 10:14, 10:02, 9:58, 10:01, 10:09, 10:08, 1:04 (last 0.10 miles).

During my pit stop I used the bathroom at the famous Pink Palace hotel and took a brief break to stand on the beach.  The weather was just too nice to not take advantage of it to soak in the warm ocean air.

Mid-run pit stop at The Pink Palace.

I think my pit stop messed with the momentum that I had during the first half of my run.  In addition, running into the wind as I ran north made my run extra challenging.  I took another Gu at 7.98 miles and a couple more Clif Shot bloks at mile 9, but had difficulty pushing myself to run the faster speed that I had been able to maintain during the first half of my run.  My splits were: 10:29, 10:20, 10:25, 10:44, 10:50, 11:06.  My final time for my 12.10 mile run was 2:05:30 (10:22 pace).

Running at the beach with lots of palm trees lining my route, and ending my run on the beach, equals perfection!

Total Weekly Mileage – 25.07 miles (2.70 miles more than week 3)

Week 5 Training:

Monday, April 10th:

Because my calves were extremely tight from my long run the day prior (I forgot to pack compression socks, oops!), I decided to take little man for a walk Monday morning.  Our 2.01 mile walk included a walk around John’s Village Pass, and getting to watch the John’s Pass drawbridge open and close, which little man loved seeing.

Tuesday, April 11th

I kicked off our last day at the beach with a final run around the island.  My legs were still sore from my long run, but the enthusiasm of being at the beach helped me to push myself a bit, and I was able to maintain an average pace of 9:37.

Because when you run on Treasure Island, a post run selfie with a pirate is a must!

Wednesday, April 12th

Even though I didn’t train, I did walk just under 10 miles during our first day at Disney World.

Thursday, April 13th

Before heading to the parks, I ran a 5k around the Grand Floridian and Polynesian hotels.  I absolutely love how peaceful the resorts are early in the morning.  Running on tired legs, and having several places where I had to turn around, meant for a slower than usual weekday pace, but I was running at Disney and didn’t care about my pace.  After getting back to the hotel room I completed 15 minutes of strength training, focusing on my lower body and abs.

I absolutely love how peaceful the resorts are early in the morning!  Magic Kingdom looked beautiful across the lagoon during my 5k tour of Grand Floridian and Polynesian!

Friday, April 14th

Although I didn’t run, I did walk just over 9 miles around the parks.

Saturday, April 15th

We had another very early travel day (3:30 a.m. alarm, 6:30 a.m. flight), and by the time that we walked through the front door of our house mid-afternoon my body was screaming for a nap.  I can’t remember the last time that I took an almost three hour mid-day nap!

Sunday, April 16th

Before kicking off the Easter festivities I completed my last long run of this training cycle.  I felt incredibly strong during the entire 6.50 mile run, and wish that I would have had time to be able to run further.  Other than the first mile, all of my splits were sub 10 minutes, which is very unusual for me on long runs.  My splits were: 10:11, 9:59, 9:55, 9:40, 9:46, 9:41, 4:46 (last 0.50 miles).  I really hope that yesterday’s long run is a good sign of how I’ll feel during next weekend’s race!

Yesterday morning I had one of those absolutely perfect runs.
It was perfect running weather outside and I felt strong during the entire run.

Total Weekly Mileage – 17.83 miles (7.24 miles less than week 4)

Total Loudoun Half Mileage – 99.33 miles

QOTD: How do you ensure that you keep up with your training while on vacation?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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45 Responses to Loudoun Half Marathon Training Log – Weeks 4 and 5

  1. Carla says:

    Oh my gosh I admire your tenacity. And yet? 🙂 I think I’m like some trips I’d be able to maintain my run/walk on the beach pretty easily. ❤ ❤

  2. You’re training cycle is strong! And the beautiful weather is a bonus.

  3. Loved all your pictures from vacation (running and non-running). I will likely be out of town next weekend, otherwise I would have tried to come and watch the half!

  4. Lisa says:

    You did great with keeping up with your workouts while traveling! Looks like you had an amazing trip. And it seems like you had a great training cycle and are ready for your race!

  5. Will you be sharing your goal for Loudoun? I’m sure you can hit whatever that goal is. Glad you had a great trip and a good vacay – plus a nice nap!!

  6. kookyrunner says:

    Really good training these past 2 weeks! Looks like you were able to really balance training with vacation time – never an easy task! Great job 🙂

  7. Looks like a great spring break for you all! WE had the best weather here last week

  8. Marcia says:

    Your vacay looks like it was so much fun. Way to get your workouts in!

  9. I always run on vacation–to me it’s fun to explore new surroundings! Funny, I have a picture of me and the boys with that very same pirate on Treasure Island! That was the year I ran the Florida Halfathon in Fort DeSoto state park. Great memories.

  10. I enjoyed seeing all of your beach pictures! Great job on getting your long run done on vacation!

  11. You did great staying on track with your training while on vacation! Good luck next weekend 😉

  12. Most of my vacations have been for race-cations and in that case I don’t have to worry about keeping up with training. You did good Kathryn!

  13. Elle says:

    Good for you – such a beautiful place to run and walk. So glad the weather was fabulous too.

  14. MB Jackson says:

    You did a great job while on vacation and those paces are great for Florida runs! It is heating up quickly here! Looks like a great mix of running and family fun!

  15. Rachel says:

    That happens to me, too with the rest stop messing with momentum. Sometimes I plan a run and think i’ll need a stop but then I get there and I think to myself I should keep going!

    Your runs on vaca sound great! I didn’t run in Disney when I was there. I could have and should have since it was SO peaceful. 🙂

  16. Coco says:

    Such busy times! I try to get up early or just accept different activity – like walking and hiking. You did great with all those runs.

  17. So much fun! Your vacation looked like a blast!

    I always pack a couple of workout outfits for vacation. I don’t always manage to get in as much exercise as I want, but if I have all the gear, then I don’t have too many excuses.

  18. Karen :0) says:

    Awesome job on keeping up with your training plan while on vacation!! You’re going to do great during next weekend’s race!

  19. ilkasblog says:

    You got some great training in while on vacation! I think time on a run flies when you’re running in new areas. I miss pushing my boys in the running stroller – they made the best running company!

  20. Lesley says:

    I can’t believe your race is next weekend! I also can’t believe how fast April has been going by. I’ve been so busy between my move and work, it’s suddenly the second half of the month!

  21. Great job in staying on top of your training while on vacation! I try to do the same. I’m jealous of how warm it looks on your runs!

  22. HoHo Runs says:

    I like running on the New Balance trail in the Fort Wilderness area of Disney World. It is so peaceful. And, you may just see a few deer! I loved your pic of little man on the Figment ride (I sing that song with my “adult” kids). At least that ride is never crowded. LOL. Good luck at your race and enjoy your taper time. Thanks for linking, Kathryn!

  23. I so agree I’d have to have a selfie with the Pirate for sure!
    I love running along the beach and when I visit you can bet I”m going to sneak in a run somewhere!

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