Added...Half Marathon #4...in 2 weeks!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
After a rough week where I just rested up, I had a great run today. And, I think I've figured out a big part of what was going on and why I was struggling with my workouts this past week.
Just two weeks ago is when I ran my 5K that I'd been training for with a running coach. I did an incredible job, in my #1 bib, and got an amazing PR of 32:00! But, after that, I thought it was 'just a 5K'...and got back to work. Monday, I put in a HARD 5 mile interval run and then an hour of pilates reformer intermediate...which was incredibly hard. I felt great for both of those workouts, but then have struggled the past week & a half. I think I needed to take it EASY after that race! I've never raced so hard before & didn't realize the toll it took.
So, this week, I only did 2 workouts before today...a 3 mile run/walk (that was pretty pitiful) on Tuesday and an hour of (easier) pilates reformer on Thursday. With all of that rest, I was hoping I'd have a good run today...and I did! (Oh, and I had a great 8 miler last weekend.)
My plan yesterday was to do 9 miles today. But, last night, my dh suggested we head up to Oklahoma to visit family in 2 weeks. Well, that's the weekend my sil is doing her first marathon...the Mother Road (tri-state) marathon which covers OK, MO & KS on Route 66. I got to thinking, could I possibly do that half? Our original goal had been for me to run a half when she did her first full, but it just hadn't been working out.
While I lay in bed last night, I was plotting and planning. I decided to try a 5 minute run/1 minute walk instead of outright running today. That way, I wouldn't be bumping up my running mileage from 8 to 10 miles. And, it'd be easier on my body.
I met my group at 6:40 am. they were only running 5 miles, but it was still nice to run with a group for awhile. From about mile 1.5 to mile 2.5 when they turned around, I ran with a lady I hadn't talked with before today. She is pregnant with baby #2 and has been running for about 10 years. We had a lovely talk and I wish we could have ran together longer!
I was feeling great with my 5:1 ratio and, basically, had a great run! (Though I was having a problem with one of my shoes...I have never cared that much for this pair!!! I had to stop twice - once to tighten it and then to loosen it. I ended up with 2 blisters, though they weren't really hurting during the run. My toes tingling was my issue.)
I love the trail we run on Saturdays. It is open enough to feel safe and yet you are running near the trees and a creek bed (which is dry with our major drought). And, there are quite a few other runners & cyclists & everyone is really friendly.
I did it! 10 miles and I was still feeling great! And, with my 5:1 ratio, I was still running as fast as I did last week (which was FAST for me!) with pure running! I will definitely run 5:1 for my half marathon...in 2 weeks & a day!
Now, my decision is what to do next week. The course is hilly, so I'll be running out on the hilly path near my daughter's school. But, I'm debating on whether to do 12 miles next Saturday or taper and do 6 with my group. I've also considered doing 12 on Friday or something so I have an extra day to 'taper' before the race.
I'm doing great tonight though my hip is a little sore. I'm getting ready to hit the foam roller! That'll feel nice! And, I can't believe I'll now be running 4 half marathons in just 5 months!!! Gotta train smart!