Friday, September 19, 2014
TGIF everyone! According to my schedule today is a rest day - so no running, but I will probably go for a walk or two. I always like to do some activity. This week, I ran 3.75 miles on Monday, 6 miles on Tuesday, cross training on Wednesday, 3 miles on Thursday and Saturday will be an 8 mile run. Every Saturday we will add a mile until we get to 12 miles and then we will taper down until the half marathon on November 9th. When I first started training, my goal was just to to run the whole race without taking walk breaks. Now that the training is progressing, I would like to finish it in 2 1/2 hours. If I continue to stick to the training schedule and stay healthy - I think this goal is attainable. These group runs are just what I need to get me through the long distances! I have also met a lot of great people.
Sunday is usually my rest day and Monday I would run 4 miles. But a friend of mine from my Running 101 group contacted me and asked if I wanted to get together for a run. I might not really feel like running on Sunday morning, but she has always supported me and got me through some tough runs. She ran most of my 10k with me last June when I was struggling. So how can I turn down an opportunity to run with this friend!
Tomorrow, no need for the Merino wool base layer. It has warmed up again! Should be mid-60's at the start. I hope everyone has a great weekend! It is also the start of the 5% challenge - go Tiger Monarchs!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
What a great training week! Weather cooled off considerably here in the Chicago area. I ran 3 miles on Monday, 5 miles on Tuesday. Strength training and Elliptical on Wednesday and my trainer rolled out my IT band which was really tight. When I ran my 3 miles on Thursday, I had the best time ever for a 3 mile run. A 10:40 average pace per mile! Was it a fluke? I don't know, I was pushing myself a little, but it felt pretty good. I figured Saturday morning's 7 mile run would be a good test.
So this morning, got out the Merino wool base layer pants and top - 39 degrees at the start of the run. Feeling pretty good and average pace at the end - 11:01 per mile - last mile was at around a 10:30 pace. Woo hoo! Felt great. I am feeling on track for this half marathon.
What is the key here? For me I think it is 2 things. First, the cooler weather does make a difference. Second is getting these shorter runs in during the week and building up the base miles. Building up my base prepares me for the longer runs. And doing the longer runs is making me a little faster on my shorter runs. Not sure if that really makes sense, but I think that is how it is working for me.
I am just working on staying healthy, following the schedule and building up gradually. Next Saturday - 8 miles here I come!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Wow, what a difference a week makes. I ran 6 miles with my group last week. Just back from our trip to Spain and ireland so probably a little jet lagged. It was hot and humid and I had not run that distance since June. But I did it and at a pretty good pace for me. This week, I got most of my runs in - 3 miles on Monday, 4.55 on Tuesday, Strength training and Elliptical on Wednesday, Yoga and 3 mile brisk walk on the treadmill on Friday.
This morning, at 6:30 it was cool out and little humidity. 6 miles seemed so easy today. At the end, I could have gone longer if I needed to. My legs weren't tired, my breathing was good. It was a good running day. Some days are just like that, where the running seems effortless, and today I felt like the half marathon is within my reach. I'll remember today when I get to a day that's not so easy.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
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