Rock ‘N Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon Training Week 11

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | training

Oct 09

I am only a few days away from race day for the Rock ‘n Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon….whoa!

This past week of training was challenging but solid!  I’m very happy with my progress and I’m hopeful that the hard work will pay off for this Saturday’s race!

By the way, congratulations to all of the Chicago Marathon runners this weekend!!  I heard the heat made the race challenging, but you are all amazing and inspiring!  You’ve got me wanting to run another marathon…lol!

Once again, I’m joining Hoho and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap!  It’s such a great linkup where dozens of awesome running and healthy living bloggers participate and share what’s going on in their active lives each week!

I’m also linking up with MarciaPatty, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run, another awesome linkup where bloggers talk about their training and share running tips!

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Weekly Wrap:  Student Outreach, Oktoberfest and Wedding Planning

I had a really nice weekend.  On Saturday morning (after my 10 mile run), I participated in a panel at Drexel University for the National Society of Black Engineers.  The students were having a Zone Summit with several of the other local universities and I was able to talk about my journey to becoming a professional engineer and share some advice.  I really love doing outreach events with college students and it has been a long time since I’ve been able to get involved, so it was definitely a highlight of my day!  I also had some great conversations with some of my fellow professionals.

And as fall continues, so do all of the festivals!  Bret and his mom went to a farmer’s market and Oktoberfest celebration in Ambler in the morning, then my sister and I met them for an Oktoberfest in Roxborough, known as Roxtoberfest.  It was a cool event – there was plenty of food, carnival games, and live music.  Thankfully there was some cloud cover so the 80-degree weather didn’t feel as miserable!  Of course, I had to have some German food and drink!  And once again, I have no photos to prove it!

Now that I’m engaged, let me tell you…this wedding stuff is OVERWHELMING!  We have so many unanswered questions.  No, I don’t know what the wedding date will be.  No, we don’t know what the headcount will be.  And no, I have no idea which venue!  There are so many decisions involved and while my fiance seems opposed to it, I really think we need to hire a wedding planner.  I’m really at the “Now What??!” phase of engagement and I would love to hear your thoughts on how to get a good handle on this!  I couldn’t even sleep last night because I kept thinking about the wedding!

Workouts for the Week

Monday 10/2:  One hour of yoga at lunch.

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Tuesday 10/3:  Progression run, 4 miles.  I ended up running later in the evening and the temperature was PERFECT!  I felt like an absolute rock star on this run, my final mile was at a 9:08 pace, even though part of it was uphill!

Wednesday 10/4:  Rest day.

Thursday 10/5:  Tempo time!  5 miles, with 4 of those miles at my goal half marathon pace of 9:30-9:40.  I was SO nervous about this run, but I lucked out because my friend Mark was also out doing a training run so we ran together!  We didn’t chitchat as much as we usually do, but we hit those paces right on target!  It was about 80 out, so the fact that I could push through the heat and humidity was very encouraging.  I will admit though that overall the route we ran was very flat compared to where I usually run!  I needed the mental boost!

Friday 10/6:  Ended up with no workouts.

Saturday 10/7: 10 tough miles!  My pace was terribly inconsistent – had a pretty strong start but the hills definitely started to take their toll on me!  It was extremely humid and I was glad that I was able to knock this run out early.  I had some minor knee pain but not as bad as I’ve had on other long runs.

Sunday 10/8:  3 easy miles.  It was a little rainy and very humid, so we took it nice and easy on the trails.  It was fun to explore for a little bit!  Before bed I did a few Runner’s Knee prevention exercises like clamshells and bridges.

Week 11 Report Card

I’m very happy with how this past week of training went!  My runs were challenging but I worked hard and did a pretty darn good job!  And now that I have a monthly goal to foam roll every day, I’m finally forcing myself to dedicate that time, even if it ends up being right before I go to bed because I procrastinated, lol.  I’m optimistic that it will help with my knee issues so I plan to keep up the momentum!

I’m going to give Week 11 an A-!  Now I have just 2 more training runs until the half marathon…eek!

How was your week of working out?  Did you run a race this past weekend?  

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