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 twelve.
Monday September 22 – Sunday September 28
Total Miles Planned: 24
Total Miles Ran: 27 total miles: 23 ran // 4 walked
Favorite Run: I set a 5K PR this weekend while running the Run for the ROC 5K in Saratoga. I am super happy to have FINALLY have logged a sub 30 minute 5K [Garmin was 29:24 at 3.08 miles, officially crossed finish line at 29:35 according to the Albany Running Exchange website] but it was NOT my best racing experience. Seeing as I hit a goal I’ve been working towards off and on since 2010, this was still my favorite run of the week. It has to be, right?
Least Favorite Run: My 11 miler was ROUGH. I ran it after work last Thursday and that is something I never want to do again. Also, another 11 miler, another post-run-vom. After reading through my notes, I realized I have thrown up after three runs this year. Each of the runs were the only time I ran 11 miles. And each of the runs were the only time I used Clif Shot Bloks [in Cran-Razz and then Margarita]. I’m going to go ahead and say I’m done with those.
Other Workouts: I have fallen in love with this 20 minute Yoga for Runners video from Ekhart Yoga. Since I first discovered it last week, I’ve completed it three times. I plan to try some of the other videos offered by Ekhart this week, too.
Listening Notes: I tried to listen to the 5K playlist I mentioned back in Week 10, but when I started running, the volume was super low and I didn’t want to slow down to fuss with it.
Fueling Notes: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much water pre 5K, which lead to my unhappiness with my race performance. Also fueled with coffee and peanut butter and banana on toast. Post 5K, after finishing an additional 3.5 miles at Saratoga State Park, Alicia made me a DELICIOUS brunch which included a mimosa. All races should end with mimosas!
#THS13Point1 Reflections: And now we TAPER. My longest run between now and race day [which as of today is a mere 13 days away!] is 6 miles. I see lots of yoga and some short[er], quality miles in over the next two weeks.