A few months ago I registered for my first half marathon. I decided to document the process of my training, hoping that it will help to keep me accountable to train strong. This is week eleven.
Monday September 15 – Sunday September 21
Total Miles Planned: 23
Total Miles Ran: 25 total miles: 21 ran // 4 walked
Favorite Run: Wednesday’s 5 miles felt really nice, at 10:01 pacing. Especially considering my first 1.5 miles were run with a backpack on :) [Last week I started all of my weekday post-work runs starting from the office, with a backpack of work clothes and such on my back. I stop at home to drop off the bag and get a quick drink of water before finishing my mileage for the day.]
Least Favorite Run: Holy cow – was my long run a doozey this weekend. All the elements were against me – horrible sleeping, woke up 45 minutes later than I planned, higher humidity than expected – just a general UGH! kind of day. But I did not give up and I logged all 13 miles that I had declared I would run, which was good enough for me.
Other Workouts: Other than walking and lots of stretching, not a thing. Goal for this week: 2 strength training workouts.
Listening Notes: So many podcasts. Including the most recent episode of RadioLab which features the story of the Suskind’s, who I first learned about in the New York Times article Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney which I mentioned back in April.
Fueling Notes: Lots of repeat fuel on last week’s long run. The only new-to-me experience was the Berry flavored Gatorade pouch, which was a nice flavor and had the same benefits as the Fierce Grape I’ve already raved about.
#THS13Point1 Reflections: This coming Sunday I’ll be setting a 5K personal record [#sayitdoit] which leaves my upcoming week of training a bit convoluted. I want rested legs for race day, which means I’ll be completing my long run [dropping back to 11 miles] for the week one night after work which is something I’ve never done. I’m considering Sunday’s race my speed work, and want to make sure not to go out too hard during any of my other training runs this week to keep my legs feeling as fresh as possible.
I’m happy I’ve been tracking my progress so closely this training cycle, because it’s allowed me to see trends in my training, and use those trends to my advantage. When something is repeatedly going poorly [say, vomiting after my long run] I have an opportunity to evaluate and change my behavior to help the situation. [Say, finding a way to refuel during my post-run stretch even when I don’t have much of an appetite, rather than waiting until later when I feel more like eating. Thanks, chocolate milk!]
The most recent trend I’ve noticed in my training is a serious struggle during miles 3 and 4 of every long run. My first mile has been my fastest during EACH of my long runs, which tells me I am starting WAY TOO FAST and should pay more attention to pace from the get go. I plan to focus on finding the balance I need to keep my energy and effort consistent throughout my entire workout.