Myakka Half Marathon Training Week 2: 10/9-10/15

Week 2 of training is in the books! I wasn’t as successful this week with weights workouts, but I did add swimming back into the mix, which is a really good cross training activity for runners. Since I’m going to be training for a late spring triathlon, it’s essential that I learn good swimming skills! Or at least passable ones so that I don’t look like a frog when swimming…

Linking up with Tricia and Holly for the Weekly Wrap!


Sunday, October 9: It felt so nice to not do anything today! I actually went to celebrate a friend’s birthday in the morning at Shephard’s at Clearwater Beach breakfast buffet. It was a pretty good buffet, but pricey. But it was great to catch up with Allison and have a fun brunch with amazing views!


Monday, October 10: I contemplated going on the fun run with the work training group tonight, but opted out. I just wasn’t feeling 100% and didn’t really want to run.

Tuesday, October 11: finally got back in the pool today! It felt great to get back to swimming after taking almost a month off! I actually really enjoy my swimming workouts. And today, I broke through a mental barrier in the pool- I actually swam freestyle and was able to breathe properly. I know, most of you already know how to do this…but I never got swimming lessons as a kid. So I never learned how to swim with the right technique. I’ve been taking lessons lately and I think I’m improving from where I was. I’m at least more confident in the pool than I used to be!

1×300 Freestyle; 4×25 Kicking Drills; 1×200 Pull; 4×100 Breaststroke

I took my first underwater selfie! #swimfie
I took my first underwater selfie! #swimfie
After that, I went home, showered and then went to run with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. John has definitely gotten faster since the last time we ran together, but it was great because he paced me to my fastest 5k this season so far- 30:25! I’m hoping to PR some winter/spring 5k races, so we’re going to make these runs a weekly thing. It’ll be my tempo runs for this training cycle!

John and I post run
John and I post run

Gorgeous sunset!
Gorgeous sunset!
After the run, we met my boyfriend for some drinks at one of the local bars close by, Oak & Stone. I love this place- the beer is on tap and you get a wristband that you can scan and pour as much or as little as you want! Tonight I had the Rogue Chocolate Stout, Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat by a local brewery called Big Top & another Big Top beer, the Pumpkin Stiltskin. All three were pretty good, but I think my favorite was the Key Lime Wheat!


Wednesday, October 12: I worked both jobs today, so no run for me.

Thursday, October 13: Met up with the downtown Fit2Run training group at Brookside Middle school track for some speedwork. It has been a while since I’ve been to the track. I’m not sure why I stopped going- just lack of motivation I guess? But now that I’ve been re-building my base training for the past two months, I felt it was time to add in some track workouts.

800m warmup (10:00/mile); 400m cadence drill (9:56/mile); 400m fast (8:08/mile); 400m easy (10:07/mile); 800m fast (8:46/mile); 1 mile easy (10:45/mile); 800m fast (8:37/mile); 400m easy (11:00/mile); 400m fast (8:43/mile); 800m cooldown (10:30/mile); 4.25 miles total

It’s been a while since I’ve seen myself hit paces in the 8’s! Super excited about that!

Post track workout- whew that was intense!
Post track workout- whew that was intense!
Friday, October 14: Today was a great day- I had the entire day off from my normal job, so it was all about working out and relaxing! Originally I was supposed to go volunteer for the Spartan Race sprint in Okeechobee, but it got cancelled due to being flooded by Hurricane Matthew, so we didn’t end up going this weekend. I still had the weekend off though, and it was much needed! I relaxed in the morning and then went to the pool in the early afternoon to get another swim workout in. This time I focused more on breaststroke.

After that I scheduled a massage for myself at Massage Envy…seriously the best thing I’ve done this training cycle is to schedule regular massages. I have a packed race schedule this season, so having regular massages is definitely something that has helped- especially because my hamstrings and hips tend to get really tight when I work out a lot. Not only do I get a seriously discounted rate on massages, but I also get to go wherever I want in the country that has a Massage Envy! So if I’m traveling for races or in Tampa for the weekend I can schedule something up there as well.

Saturday, October 15: This morning I went to Clearwater for a run with my BRF Krystal. We set out from the Safety Harbor Marina; she was going for 5 miles and I had 8 to do. We started out down the route for Best Damn Race- Safety Harbor where I found this super cool little playground area that had a bunch of fun rocks in it. 

Then I continued up to the end of the street where the causeway starts. My total mileage was 8.2. The first part of the run was a bit more difficult than I would have liked- my legs felt heavy. I’m not sure what it was attributed to…maybe my body wasn’t recovered from the massage I got the previous day? I know I was hydrated enough. And the weather was pretty decent- low 70s, low humidity, misting and cool. 

Total Weekly Mileage: 15.75 running; 2400 yds swimming 

This was a good week! Next week might be a tad challenging because I work more. Next weekend is the last weekend I have training before my races start, so I want to get a good long run in. This month has been a good month training! I’m happy to have my mileage increasing again. 

How was your week in training? Do you have any upcoming races? 

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14 thoughts on “Myakka Half Marathon Training Week 2: 10/9-10/15”

  1. They always say if you want to get faster, you have to train with someone faster. I am thankful my running buddy is faster than me. I think that has really helped me. Hopefully you two can meet more often. On the other hand, I am not a good swimmer, but the gym I just started teaching at has a pool, maybe I will start, but first i need to get a one piece…haha.
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    1. I’ve actually been swimming in a bikini! It doesn’t work out so well when I want to swim fast so it has come up at times and I’ve had to quickly pull it back down lol. I’ve been meaning to get a one piece but trying to find a cheap one!

  2. Nice job getting in the pool. I have swum a total of twice since August 7th which is not good. It is going to really be tough when I get back in the pool which is hopefully today although I have one kid out of school – so we’ll see. Lessons are really the way to go. I’m also an adult onset swimmer and I found a local coach who was actually in the water with me. I needed that because when I was getting verbal instructions I thought I was doing what they said. When a coach got into the water with me and gently pushed my head and chest into the correct position I finally understood what they had been saying. It’s a great feeling when it all comes together! Nice post. Thank you for sharing!
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    1. Thanks! Yes I agree I prefer a hands on approach. It helps when they demonstrate exactly what they mean too because I’m very visual and learn better by watching others do things. Hopefully you are able to start swimming again soon!

  3. What a great accomplishment this week on your freestyle swimming!
    Great job on your speedy 5k too. Faster friends are great for that extra push! Did you think you’d be able to do this? Before I started with my coach I never pushed myself in training only in racing. Wow, what a beautiful sunset shot too!
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    1. Thanks! I have hit paces in the 9s before but it’s been a while since I have. Sometimes I think it will be hard to get to the 8’s which is what I want. I know with hard work and perseverance I could get there.

  4. My swimming is awful and yet I completed four sprint triathlons this summer. Thankfully, it doesn’t matter HOW you swim, just that you get from point A to B. But, I would like to take lessons in order to improve. Faster friends are great motivators! Congrats on your fastest 5k time. Thanks for linking, Montana!

    1. Well that makes me feel a tad bit better! I’m really just trying to make sure my swim skills are passable- I’ll worry about getting faster if I decide I like triathlons and want to do more! Thanks for hosting!

    1. Well, unfortunately I had to pull out due to injury. So I didn’t actually run it this year. They deferred me to next year. Third time’s a charm?

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