Countdown to half marathon: 116 days
You might want to know if I ran in Italy? I did once and I didn’t enjoy it at all.
The places where we stayed were in small towns, usually on the top of a hill. The roads are small, there are no bike paths to run on and the roads have many, many turns. In my opinion Italians can’t drive (sorry Giorgio and Stefano) and it just didn’t feel safe to run on the roads, it scared me.
I ran once in San Gimignano: down the hill, up another, down again and up to the azienda again and I didn’t enjoy it. And I left it to just one run during the vacation.
It had been almost a month since I had a decent long run and I wasn’t sure how it would be going but it went fine. Except for the very hard wind that I had to run against almost the entire way. It slowed me down. Overall I’m pleased with how it went and am confident to pick up my half marathon schedule where I left it a couple of weeks ago.
Weather:dry, sunny and cloudy, very much wind, 16C (60 degrees)
Distance: 8 K / 5 miles
Average time: 07:24 /km
Average speed: 8.10 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Bruce Springsteen – No Surrender
Saturday & Sunday
Even though we still have a week of vacation, I started my training again. I’m picking up my training schedule for the half marathon I intend to run in October in Amsterdam. This meant: speedwork Monday. I haven’t run that much in June but I decided to go and try and see how it would go. It went better than expected. I did have to walk after every interval but the intervals I stayed within the pace (except the first).
Interval pace: 5:57-6:12
100 time: 6:20
200 time: 5:48
300 time: 5:58
600 time: 6:07
300 time: 6:05
200 time: 6:03
100 time: 5:51
Weather:dry, windy, 16C (60 degrees)
Distance: 6.2 K / 3.8 miles
Average time: 07:05 /km
Average speed: 8.48 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Glee Cast – Time Warp
Turbofire time. I started with a short and intense HITT workout of 19 minutes. Followed by a sculpt workout of 28 minutes. I used a resistance band for the exercises.
Total time: 47 minutes.
Schedule: a tempo run of 40 minutes at a pace of 6:57-7:12 with 1 x 4 minutes at a pace of 6:27-6:42. I did fine although I still have walking breaks but to be honest I’m okay with that. I don’t mind if I continue the walking breaks my entire training schedule. I ran a bit more because I always want to have a round number at the end of my run. Running 5.74 km for example has to be 5.8 km on my Garmin. I know, I’m weird 🙂
Weather:dry, cloudy, not much wind, 16C (60 degrees)
Distance: 6 K / 3.7 miles
Average time: 07:01 /km
Average speed: 8.55 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Glee Cast – Born this way.
June isn’t going to be a great workout but I knew that at the beginning of the month because we would go on vacation. I’m glad though that I picked up my training this week even though I still have vacation.
From here on it’s sticking to my schedule as much as possible till October when I have a half marathon planned.