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 thirteen.
Monday September 29 – Sunday October 5
Total Miles Planned: 13
Total Miles Ran: 7.5
Favorite Run: I ran home from work on Thursday, super speedy style. A mile and a half in just over 14 minutes. WOOT! It was probably my favorite run because it was so short.
Least Favorite Run: I am so happy that I took some time for myself on Sunday to get some miles in, but it was definitely a “meh” run. I was feeling all sorts of defeated last week and the fact that I didn’t make logging miles a priority really didn’t help. I set out Sunday morning telling Nick I’d be home somewhere between 6-8 miles. I decided by mile 5 that I wouldn’t be going the full 8, and took the early turn to end up at the apartment at 6 miles.
I’m trying to determine if I’m feeling burnt out from ALL THE MILES I ran this summer, or just had an off week. I’m trying not to beat myself up that I was so off my game last week; the plan said 3, 4 and 6 miles… I ran 1.5 and 6. It’s taper time after all, right?
Speaking of taper… when explaining tapering to a co-worker Friday afternoon when, he asked me if my endurance from my last long run [11 miles on 9/25] will last me to race day. I know my fitness level hasn’t dropped that much in the two weeks, but his words really got in my head. I also know that running is such a mental challenge more than anything else and I’m trying to keep my mind on the prize! Send me all your mantras!!
Other Workouts: TWO strength workouts and THREE yoga sessions. And it felt so good. I am loving my time on my mat these days.
Listening Notes: Extra Hot Great during my “me time” on Sunday morning. I love podcasts with multiple segments for running an hour or more, especially.
Fueling Notes: GU Rocktane in Blueberry Pomegrante and GU Chomps in Watermelon before and during my mid-distance run on Sunday.
I placed an order at REI last week, because EMS, where I usually get my fuel, was out of the Orange Blossom Honey Stinger chews that I loved so much and I really wanted to use them on race day. I also found three of the GU flavors I’ve been hunting for, so I added those to my cart, too – root beer, salted caramel, and caramel macchiato! I’ll be saving those three for long running after my half marathon.
#THS13Point1 Reflections: Race day is THIS SUNDAY and it’s been on my mind constantly the past few days. I spent a good few hours of the weekend reading race recaps, and a good few minutes at the end of my yoga practices envisioning crossing the finish line. I’ve been thinking a lot about what to wear [nail art included] and pack and bring [including my A-game ;)] and have been falling asleep thinking about the fact in just a few days, I will have reached a goal I never thought possible.
I am also SO STOKED that my Dad happens to be in town today. We’ve got plans for dinner tonight and I’m so happy that the universe has brought some in-person family love into my life during this week full of expectations and hopeful goal reaching.
Speaking of goals, I shared mine in some IG commenting last week and am excited that my friend Jen is going to be pacing me for the race on Sunday. I’ve never run with a pacer before, so that will be another first for me!
HALF MARATHON GOALS:
- Goal A, achievable goal: cross that damn finish line.
- Goal B, stretch goal: 2:20:XX.
- Goal C, kicking butt and taking names goals: sub 2:15.