It's almost here!
Friday, April 04, 2014
I can't believe how quickly my half-marathon training has went! It's next Sunday! I *think* I'm ready. I ran 12.15 miles last week and did pretty well. I did stop twice to stretch my hamstrings. They were feeling tight. I don't think I had enough water the day before. Tomorrow is my last "long run"- running 8 miles with a friend. Then next week I only have a 2, 3, and 2 mile run.
I'm already thinking about what I want to do differently next time. This time I used Hal Higdon's "Novice 2" program and added in yoga at least once a week. When I first started my training (Jan/Feb) I was doing some weights and other circuit training too, but as the miles increased I cut those out. I can tell that I've lost some upper body strength... So I am going to plan a schedule that still incorporates weights. Even if I have to cut back to 3 days of running instead of 4 each week... Chalene Johnson's new PiYo program is coming out this summer, so I will DEFINITELY be doing those too! PiYo is Pilates/yoga, but at a faster speed. Can't wait!!
I am doing a 25k a month after my 1/2. It feels a little crazy right now (15.5 miles!) but I'm sure that if I can do a 1/2 I can add on 2.5 more miles. I'm doing the 25k with a friend, so that should help...
Another thing that I want to change for next time is to add some speed work training. I didn't do any this time. My goal is to "finish"! But my pace has slowed down from a 9:45/10:00 minute pace to a 11:00/11:30 (12:00 on a really BAD day) pace. It's driving me crazy! I feel like I try to go faster, but it's just not happening. At first my husband said it was from adding miles/being more tired. But even my 3 mile runs are slow. Now he said it's because I didn't do speed work, that I have "trained my body to go slow." Any thoughts or suggestions? Do I try to so speed work after my 1/2 to get ready for the 25k, or just wait till after the 25k and focus on that for when I get ready for my Detroit half in Oct?
Saw the pics of the Nike Dri-Fit T-shirts that they are giving out at the race. They are really nice~ can't wait!!