Training Tuesday: Week 6 (Some San Francisco Runs!)

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Let me start by saying that week 6 of half marathon training did NOT go as planned. And I’m onto week 7 and know that this isn’t going as planned either. Whoops.

Don’t worry – it’s not for lack of trying! Week 6 (halfway point!!) I got in a few extra runs and Week 7 is starting the opposite way. It’s mostly because I got in some fun and travel with B and my family to see my brother in San Francisco for 4 days and welp, running fell somewhat by the wayside.

My runs for this week:

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Monday: On the schedule – 4 miles.

Actual run: 5 miles outdoors. It was seasonably cool and windy, but definitely manageable. I had a four mile loop planned, but I ended up taking the long way back because I felt so good. Oh, and I stopped and took a photo about halfway through because it was so pretty outside:

(shared on my instagram - @koskim)

(shared on my instagram – @koskim)

Tuesday: On the schedule – 40 minute tempo run.

Actual run: 40 minutes tempo run. I started with a 30 minute buildup, gradually increasing my pace to 3 minutes at 7.0-7.3, then cool down at 6.5 mph. Total distance about 4.25 miles.

Wednesday: On the schedule –  3 miles.

Actual run: 6.93 miles at just under 9 min/mile pace. I know, I was just supposed to do an easy 3 but my running buddies weren’t able to join me and it felt so good outside (mid 30s! finally!) and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do a 10K on vacation, so I decided to try to do 6.3 miles, fast. The only issue? I had no idea how fast I was going OR my total mileage. as my Nike + AGAIN stopped working. So, I just decided to run for 60-63 minutes and then map it later and HOPE I made my 10K distance and hope I was going a little faster than usual. I was grateful with the pace (ended up about 8:58) but it was definitely not “race” worthy.

Thursday: Rest.

Actual run: 4.55 miles. I know, it was supposed to be a rest day but I was also supposed to meet up with a friend and run so I figured, why not go out and get in a few miles before my weekend vacation. I got to her place and she never showed up (she overslept) and I was already out AND wearing capris (it was finally seasonable!) so I decided to continue with the route we were going to do anyway.

Snapped a photo of the Terminal Tower, lit up blue, while waiting for my running buddy

Snapped a photo of the Terminal Tower, lit up blue, while waiting for my running buddy

Friday: Rest.

Actual run: 1 mile warmup on the treadmill and 35 minutes on the elliptical before an early flight. I woke up at 3:50 a.m. just to do this – I hate long flights without having any activity in my days!

Saturday: 10K race.

Actual run: 7.3ish miles, running some hills, etc. throughout San Francisco. Not sure what my actual pace was, but it definitely wasn’t 10k pace, but it also definitely was faster/harder than a typical run. It was fun and hard – we stopped and took some photos throughout the run (because that’s what B and I do on vacation runs) but we also ended up doing a few big hills along the way so it was rough – and so good!

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Sunday: Off day.

Actual run: No run at all! Just walked around San Francisco with my family. Got in about 22,000+ steps so it was definitely a somewhat active off day, but no running for me.

on one of our many walks in SF

on one of our many walks in SF

Some questions for you:

  • How do you stay on track when traveling? Are you forgiving?
  • Is it hilly where you are? Notsomuch … and my legs are definitely not used to running so much hills! I’m in pain from those San Francisco hills! It hurts so good though.