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 ten.
Favorite Run: My long run was AWESOME. The first four miles felt a bit odd, but once I found my groove, I held on to it and finished feeling oh so strong. I skimmed over 10 minutes off my personal best for the 15K distance and felt really great about it. So much so that I’m thinking about signing up for the Stockadathon [which has a new route this year which seems extra appealing!] in November to PR.
Least Favorite Run: Monday I ran two miles without stopping. It felt fairly fast, with negative splits, but the reason it was speedy and only two miles was that I didn’t feel like running and had to force myself out the door by promising a medium effort workout over in a jiffy. One of those “glad that’s over” runs, for certain.
Other Workouts: Last October I received a yoga mat as a gift. Last week I used it for the first time and realized that a yoga mat is 100x better for yoga’ing than the living room floor. I see lots more mat time in my future.
Listening Notes: Lots of podcasts consumed this week, but more worthy of noting are the two music filled playlists I created. One for 5K pacing [8:45-9:30] and one for half marathon pacing [9:45-10:30] using Jog.FM as a reference. I’m excited to give them a try this week!
Fueling Notes: I am so glad I took Ari’s recommendation to try the orange Honey Stinger energy chews, even after I thought the pink lemonade flavor was “meh.” Mid-run I used the orange flavor, along with the Peach Tea GU chomps during the 15K I ran Sunday morning. I liked the flavor and texture of the Honey Stingers better than the GU Chomps, but I did like the extra boost I got after the chomps due to the caffeine they contain.
I had so much more success with chews/chomps this run than ever before, and I think this is attributed to my not stopping to walk while take the fuel. Every other time I’ve tried a chewable fuel on run, I’ve taken a walking break to grab my fuel from my camelback, tear open the package, sip water and munch down the chews. This time around, I prepped the fuel before leaving the house by opening the packages and pouring some of the chews into a Ziplock bag and folding the bag compact enough to fit into my Spibelt. I was able to get to and consume the fuel by slowing my pace slightly rather than stopping to walk which made a HUGE difference in my run overall. And I ran over five miles without stopping for the first time EVER!!
#THS13Point1 Reflections: Oh my gosh. How did I forget how awesome running in fall weather is? For the first time in this training cycle, I felt chilly at the start of a run. Starting out my Sunday long run, the temperature read 47 degrees, leading me to layer up before leaving the house. I wore long sleeves for the first four miles and I didn’t drink nearly as much water as I have been from my Camelback, either.
Because the summer has been quite mellow in terms of heat, I’ve been quite comfortable running in 70-85 degrees for the majority of my runs thus far, but this week brought such rewards in the weather! Each of my three runs from last week felt SO FAST, simply because of a drop in temperature making my effort show quicker pace results. I LOVE FALL and I’m really excited to put fall running speed to test at a 5K I’m running with Alicia on the 28th. I’ve got sub-30 on my mind! #PRorBust