Myakka Half Marathon Training Week 1: 10/2-10/8

Well friends, it looks like I will be doing another half this fall! I wasn’t intending to do a half, but when the race director offers you a free race- you take it! The Myakka half marathon and 5k takes place on November 12 this year and they had sign up parties at both Fit2Run stores this week. Perks of being an event coordinator at my job ;-). I’m actually kind of excited for this as I heard this was a great course last year and the medal is spectacular! I’ve been slowly ramping up my mileage on weekend long runs so I’m in pretty good shape for this, even though I’m only 6 weeks out from race day. I’m linking up with Tricia from Mississippi Piddlin and Holly from Ho Ho Runs for the Weekly Wrap.


Sunday, October 2: Rest day; I was intending to run with the Fit2Run group this morning, but my sickness got the best of me and I decided I needed to sleep in.

Monday, October 3: Fun Run with the Fit2Run downtown group! 3 miles in 30 minutes, average pace 10:00/mile

Tuesday, October 4: I tried my first ‘brick’ workout for future triathlon training! I’ve decided I’m going to do the St. Anthony’s Sprint Tri in April as my first tri. So today I went to the gym and did the following:

  • Bike, 4.97 miles, 20:00, 14.91mph
  • Run, 1.5 miles, 18:00, 12:00/mile
  • Weights: Lat Row, 85 lb, 3×20; Lat pull down, 57lb, 3×10, Lat single side pull down, 35lb/side, 3×10

Wednesday, October 5: Rest day, worked both jobs

Thursday, October 7: Fun Run with the Fit2Run UTC store, 4 miles, 45 minutes, 11:25/mile

This was right before the remnants of Hurricane Matthew rolled in. The clouds got really black it was freaky!
This was right before the remnants of Hurricane Matthew rolled in. The clouds got really black it was freaky!

Friday, October 8: Rest day before long run tomorrow!

Saturday, October 9: 10 miles done this morning! Met at the downtown store for the training groups, but everyone was doing different mileage so I was by myself. It was a mental struggle at the end, but honestly felt so badass for pushing through and knocking out the full 10! Why is it that the first time you do double digits in a season feels the hardest? Next time I know it will be easier…and 12 won’t feel like that much of a push. Anyone else have those feelings the first time they do their long run for half/full marathon training?

How can you not love running when this is your view??
How can you not love running when this is your view??

QOTD: Do you find you have a hard time mentally with a certain number of miles? Do you run with a group or solo?

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15 thoughts on “Myakka Half Marathon Training Week 1: 10/2-10/8”

    1. I know I wouldn’t have done it unless it was comped because I didn’t have it in my race budget to spend that much on an entry.

  1. I do the majority of my shorter runs solo, but do a lot of my long runs with a friend. I’ve been ramping up my miles in recent weeks, so the increase seems a lot worse than it actually feels (I’m training for my 4th marathon, so I’ve done this rodeo before…and also two ultra’s, so I know I can handle the miles once I get over the initial shock of the numbers).
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    1. I feel similar. I know I can handle the mileage. It’s just a mental game getting past the numbers on the training plan.

  2. Great job on your long run. I much prefer running by myself. I do like running with my running buddy for long distances since we are around same pace, but it is hard to have a group be at that same pace for the whole distance, especially when it is a long one.

    1. I think the most helpful thing I’ve found about training with a group is the motivation to get out of the house and meet up with them. After that we generally do our own thing pace wise but knowing that they are expecting me to show up makes me more likely to go for a run as opposed to staying home.

    1. 10 isn’t a new distance for me but I think it’s just because it’s been so long since I’ve done it. Regardless, good luck on your runs! I don’t know if I could do 18!

  3. Good job this week! I have my first double digit run for this training coming up this weekend. I can’t remember the last time I ran double digits. Maybe back in March? It doesn’t really freak me out though to hit 10. Anything over 15 does, though, for some reason.

    1. Yep March/April was the last time for me. I haven’t run over 15 yet but I’m sure it would also freak me out!

  4. It’s rare that I get the opportunity to run with anyone. I run so early in the morning anyway. I would absolutely hop on the chance to run a free half marathon. It’s my favorite distance. It sounds like you have enough mileage under your belt to handle it without any problem! I did my first sprint triathlons this summer. Those first few brick workouts are killer! It feels like you legs are made of cement. Thanks for linking, Montana!

    1. Luckily we have a group that runs at 6am so usually there are people there to run with. The brick workouts are killer but I’m sure I’ll get used to them!

  5. Wow you did luck up with the free entry! So I read some of the comments, just how expensive is this if you had to pay for it?
    I run most of my weekly runs solo but I do jump on the chance to run with friends! I think it’s equally good to be able to do both. Solo teaches you to be able to handle racing mentally and with a group, there is a wealth of lessons. I like both faster than me and slower than me.
    Any rate running with friends is great and makes the miles fly by!
    So glad you joined us for Weekly Wrap!

    1. Right now it costs about $120 for the half. It is a little pricey IMO…I’ve gotten half marathons for a lot less. After I run it I’ll do a recap and say if I think it would be worth the price!

      I do enjoy the mental hurdles that come with running alone. Sometimes I think running with friends makes me prepared to handle the same distance oh my own though. If I know I’ve gone that distance or done a particularly intense workout with a friend then I know I’m already capable of handling it!

      Thanks for hosting this link up!

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