Harborside Week 2 & an Upcoming LRB

So week 2 of Harborside training is done and an LRB awaits. What’s an LRB?  I’ll explain more but first a brief recap of this past week:
M – Rest day. Spent a great Labor Day touring around Newport with the family!
Tu – 5-mile run
W – Ankle PT and lower body strength work
Th – Yoga
F – 3-mile run
Sa – 9-mile (my longest in months!)
Su – Rest
It was a fairly uneventful week. Saturday’s nine miles was the longest I’ve run in a while – it was not without its ups and downs, especially in the final 2 miles, but I was very happy to see that 9 come across my Garmin!

OK, so what’s an LRB? A long run with benefits!

With the Wicked Half Marathon coming up on Saturday, this is technically “race week”. When I signed up for Wicked my main goal was just to join in on the Skirt Sports Ambassador meet up, run for fun, and finish upright. And, now given my sometimes temperamental ankle, those are still the goals. So the RC coaches want me to treat this as a long run… with benefits. Basically, it will be a 13-mile training run with course support and a medal 🙂 The challenge for me will be to not get swept up in the race atmosphere and try to do more than I should. The plan is to stick with the run:walk intervals, ignore my watch (pace-wise), and just run by feel.

So that said, this will be a pretty routine training week with no special race prep except to try to get a little more sleep-which has been lacking lately.

Have you ever used a race as a training run? 

I’m wrapping up another week with HollyTricia, and this week’s guest host Sara from Sara Runs This Town. If you do a weekly training recap, be sure to join into this great link-up!



  1. Glad to hear you are able to get your long runs back in without pain. LRB I love it!
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  2. Hooray for the 9 miles! I haven’t hit one of those since June…but I will this month! I’m so glad you are going to run the Wicked Half Marathon. A long training run, a medal, and no pressure. It sounds like a winner to me!

  3. Good luck and have fun at your race this weekend! When we were marathon training, we used half marathons all the time as training runs. We would just tack on the extra miles beforehand to ensure that we always got our mileage in.
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  4. LRB, that’s quite clever!! yes, I have used a lot of races as training runs 😉 Hope that ankle plays nice 😉
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  5. So glad your 9 miler went OK! Love the idea of an LRB! I am going to have change my approach to racing in 2 weeks. I have a hilly 10 miler and have been doing way more cycling than running. I need to adjust my expectations accordingly but it’s so hard not to go all out.
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  6. Good for you! I haven’t run 9 miles since training for my June half marathon! I like the idea of a LRB! That sounds like a good plan for my December half I have on tap! Like you, I have an irritable ankle that likes to throw a monkey wrench in all of my plans …I’m glad yours is somewhat cooperating for you!

    Hope you have a ‘Wicked’ amount of fun next weekend! 🙂
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  7. Have a great race! Running by feel are usually the best runs.
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  8. Congrats on your long run this weekend! That’s great that you have been able to ramp up your mileage during this training cycle.

    Good luck this weekend – I’m sure you will have fun!
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  9. You had a great week and hooray for 9! Honestly I can’t remember the last time I actually raced a race! Maybe a 5k last year but that’s it. Everything else is run happy pace here.
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  10. Yes, I’ve used a race as a training run – a 10k and then went on to run another 6k after to get in my long run. It’s race week for me as well an dI too will be focusing on getting some extra sleep this week.
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  11. I LOVE running races as part of training. It makes training so much more fun 🙂
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  12. Awesome job on the long run 🙂 I’m excited to get back into longer runs!!

    And it’s such a good idea to do a race as part of your training – spices the training cycle up a bit! Hope you have a great day!

  13. Best of luck at your race! I have used a half marathon for training and ran 4 extra miles.

  14. I hope you have a lot of fun and stick to your goal of NOT racing!

  15. I have no problem using races as training runs. It’s just a long run with a couple thousand of your best running buddies. 🙂 Have fun!!
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  16. Have a great race this weekend!

  17. Great week and congrats on the long run! I’ve run a couple of halfs during marathon training. Love the LRB!

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