Looking Back at the Training Runs between Disneyland Half and Avengers

A lot of people like to use Thursdays to put up “Throwback Thursday” posts and pictures. So, I thought I’d put a little twist. It’s definitely a Throwback Thursday kind of post. However, I’m not looking back at just one day, but all of the training runs between The Disneyland Half Marathon and the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon. Every race has a story and that story is not the race by itself. Let’s look at mine…

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It all starts with finishing the Disneyland Half Marathon, the Dumbo Double Dare, and getting my first Coast to Coast medal. My finish time was 3 hours, 12 minutes, 50 seconds. It was a happy time when the race was over. That started off week 1 of training for the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon.

Week 1

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After the Disneyland Half Marathon, I took the entire next week off from workouts. So, week 1 of Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon training actually began a week late. Oops.

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Opening time…36 minutes, 24 seconds over 3 miles. I was still new to running in the AM before work.

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The second run in week 1 saw me come in with a sub 36 minute, 3 miles!

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I closed week 1 with a 6 mile run around Pasadena in my new Dumbo Double Dare shirt!

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Final time was 1 hour, 17 minutes, 12 seconds.

Week 2

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I finished my first run of the week with another sub 36 minute, 3 mile run!

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I was a little slower in the second 3 mile run before work. However, my times are still faster than when I was training for the Disneyland Half Marathon in the summer.

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My weekend long run took me to the Rose Bowl loop.

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I finished with a respectable (for me) time of 2 hours, 29 seconds over 9.50 miles!

Week 3

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Unfortunately, I missed one of my mid-week runs. However, I did manage one during the week.

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The finish time wasn’t too bad. At this point, I’m still shooting for a sub 36 minute, 3 miles.

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The weekend long run was finished running around Pasadena for 6 miles.

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The finish time of 1 hour, 16 minutes, 27 seconds was almost a minute faster than the last time I ran the same route!

Week 4

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Another week with one skipped run.

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I did make one mid-week run. It was the only run of the week. Kind of on the slower side.

Week 5

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A third consecutive week with only 1 training run during the week. This was race week for the Long Beach International City Bank Half Marathon.

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However, it turned into my first sub 35 minute, 3 mile run since April!

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I finished week 5 by running the Long Beach International City Bank Half Marathon to complete the Beach Cities Challenge! I guess you could say that making only 1 run was a typical race week for me.

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I was thrilled with my finish time! I took nearly 15 minutes off my Disneyland Half Marathon time!

Week 6

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Jumping on the momentum from the Long Beach Half Marathon, I made week 6 count. I was up on Tuesday after the race. It was my second consecutive sub 35 minute 3 mile run! You will notice a shift in my pictures of my runs here. The sun wasn’t coming up until I was nearly finished with my runs at this point. So, I started using the Nike Plus App on my phone. Cool feature is that you can post a post run picture!

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I ended week 6 with an Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon dress rehearsal over as much of the course as I could cover. One wrong turn cost me some time. However, it was a respectable time.

Week 7

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After 4 weeks with only 2 training runs, I had a fantastic week 7! My sub 35 minute, 3 mile runs continued on that Tuesday!

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I got even faster on Thursday of that week! It was my fastest run yet at 34 minutes, 33 seconds! As you can tell, this was the first week of cool temps.

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For the third time in this training cycle, I ran this 6 mile route around my apartment. It was my fastest finish over that course at 1 hour, 11 minutes, 53 seconds! A sub 12 minute per mile average over 6 miles!

Week 8

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After such a great week 7, I once again missed one of my training runs in week 8. I made sure to make that run count as the streak of sub 35 minute, 3 mile runs made it to 4!

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Over the weekend, I took my 14 mile training run to Huntington Beach. It was a great first 10 miles and a miserable last 4.

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I finished in a less than stellar 3 hours, 26 minutes, 11 seconds. The good news? Not only was I enjoying running at the beach, but, I finished 14 miles faster than the max time allowed at a runDisney race to finish a half marathon (13.1 miles). So, even though I felt like I was capable of being faster, I could rest easy that I wouldn’t be swept at the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon! It was taper time!

Week 9

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Week 9 wasn’t as stellar in some aspects as the weeks that preceded it. On Tuesday, my first run in the taper, my streak of sub 35 minute, 3 mile runs came to an end. I did still keep it below 36 minutes, however!

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Thursday was only slightly better. The good thing, though, is that I had now finished 5 out of 6 planned morning runs!

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For my final weekend run before Avengers, I ran the 6 mile loop around my apartment for the 4th time. I was a little slower than the previous trip around this loop. However, it was still my second fastest time over this route! So, no complaints.

Week 10 – Avengers Race Week!

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For Avengers Week, I started off with my fastest 3 miles before work yet! It was a sub 34 minute, 3 mile run! What a great way to start Avengers Week!

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For the first time ever on a race week, I finished BOTH training runs! Yes, I was a little slower than Tuesday. However, this run was a hard one to get up for. If it weren’t for testing out the Captain America hat and the need to put 3 more miles in my new shoes, I might have given up. I’m so glad I didn’t! It was a pretty great run considering how I felt when I woke up. It also was the strongest finish leading to a race I’ve ever had!

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All of this brought me to the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon where I finished in 3 hours, 3 minutes. 15 seconds. Even though it wasn’t as fast as the Long Beach Half Marathon, it was nearly 10 minutes faster than the Disneyland Half Marathon! It’s interesting to look back. I’m proud of the fact that, except for the first week after the Disneyland Half Marathon, I ran at least one time in the middle of the week every week. I did miss one long run in this training cycle. However, I finished this cycle by making it through 11 of my final 12 scheduled runs leading into the Avengers Half!

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Now that the Inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon is in the books, it’s time to look to the future. I’ll be doing a blog post next week on my plans for what’s next. However, I’ll end this with the next race I’m specifically training for…

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My next training cycle will take me to the 30th running of the Los Angeles Marathon! Yep. I’m now in training for my second full marathon. While I have a few races between now and then, my focus is set squarely on finishing the Los Angeles Marathon. Wish me luck.

 

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