Mile Markers: A Half Marathon PR

Mile Markers: Half Marathon PR

Race week training isn’t the most exciting: easy runs, short workouts, and everything else that comes with tapering. All the tedium is well worth it on race day, especially when race day results in a huge half marathon PR. 

Mile Markers: Half Marathon PR

Monday: 5 mile easy run

I ran a simple out-and-back with Ollie at an easy effort.

Mile Markers: Half Marathon PR

Tuesday: 2 x 10 minutes (6 miles total)

This race week workout totaled just shy of 3 miles of running at race pace. I didn’t quite hit my goal pace in the workout, but this was just one workout out of a pattern of stronger workouts. This run felt refreshing, especially during the taper.

After the run, Ollie helped me foam roll. 

Mile Markers: Half Marathon PR

Wednesday: 5 miles easy run & Pilates

The weather was absolutely beautiful this week. After the run, I did a brief 8 minute Pilates workout to work on mobility before the race. 

Thursday: Rest day

I like to maintain my normal schedule as much as I can on race week, including rest days. I took a couple long walks – one with the dogs, one with Ryan – to get in my steps for the day and keep my legs loose. 

Friday: 3 miles easy run

In order to keep an easy pace for my final run before the race, I ran with Charlie. We averaged an easy 9:24/mile.

Mile Markers: Half Marathon PR 

Saturday: Rest day

I always like to rest the day before the race rather than do a shakeout run. 

Sunday: Snohomish Women’s Run (1:34:57)

Racing is hard. The final 3-4 miles of this race were hard work but the closer I got to the finish, the more I was motivated to push. I crossed the finish line with 1:35:00 on the clock and a 1:34:57 chip time, placing 8th woman, 9th overall, and 2nd in my age group. This feels pretty surreal and honestly, I’m super excited and proud of this race. 

Mile Markers: Half Marathon PR

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18 Responses

  1. Congrats on your PR and strong race! Looks like you were smart abut the taper last week. I’m so glad your race went well- you put so much work into your training and totally deserved this!

  2. I was so excited when I saw your post on Instagram!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’m so excited and happy for you and I cannot wait to read all about the race and everything that came before, during and after your epic PR! Way to go Laura!! You so deserve this one – you worked hard for it so I hope you’re enjoying the aftermath 🙂

  3. My race this weekend was not quite as awesome as yours, but still a race and I know I pushed myself hard. I am so happy for you and proud of you! You work so hard to achieve these results!

  4. Well done! Can’t wait to read the race recap. I am tapering this week and doing my first Half on Sunday – mix of emotions but had a good run yesterday and will do my last run tomorrow so hopefully I will be well-rested and good to go!

    1. Thank you! Good luck on your half marathon this weekend! The first half is so fun and so rewarding. I hope it goes well for you and congrats on your training!

  5. You put in the hard work. You trained smart. You tapered smart. Congratulations on a very well deserved PR! I prefer to rest the day before a race as well. I don’t see that anything would be gained by this run, unless it’s just to settle the nerves. What is next for you? Thanks for linking!

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