Four weeks minus a day until my half-marathon: 27 days. 27 Yikes!
So, I ran a total of one (1!!!) mile during the workweek due to a string of early morning meetings. Not good. But I decided I would still continue with my plan to increase my long runs a mile per week until I reach 12 miles, then taper off. So today was my 10 mile day.
I changed routes this week to keep things fresh and went on a trail built over a former railroad line. It attracts a lot of bikers, walkers, and some runners, but clears out after the first 2 miles from either starting point. It's quite flat, replicating the route I'll run in the HM. The weather was great -- close to 50 degrees and blue skies. In fact, I was too hot over the first three miles until I took off my jacket. Fussing about my temperature, plus breaking in a new pair of water shoes (I'd run holes in my last pair), and probably carrying the stress of the workweek and a sick cat at the vet and illness in the extended family all made the outer leg a bit more work than I like - didn't feel like I could get into a groove or quiet down my mind. Somehow, I kept up a 10 minute/mile pace.
Fortunately things fell into place on the back leg. Shoes felt better, temps were perfect, rhythm was ... rhythmic. My mind quieted down. I became happily aware of just being in the present - running by rushing water, a hawk circling overhead, and the joy of running healthily, fitly, and alone for long stretches of quiet. I remembered to use the "FEB" and "FEF" mantras and they did help me to focus. So I completed the run in 1:35:35 for about a 9:30-ish per mile pace - a negative split (faster on the return leg) which is always a goal. There was a very slight downhill grade on the way back which helped I'm sure. Overall, the run turned out well. I'll have more meetings this coming week but maybe can fit in a couple of more workouts....
I was truly ready to refuel when I got home and turned on the Super Bowl. So here was my Super Sunday eating guide: appetizer -- sardines, salami, cheese. Snack: sweet potato and carrot chips with guacamole made by my daughter (wow, that was good!). A salami and cream cheese sandwich. After the game: pot-roast, salad greens and alfalfa sprouts with oil & vinegar dressing; sweet potato fries, a glass of red wine. Healthy, tasty, and made by my loving family.
And, it was quite the ball game. I had reasons to root for both sides, but was happy for the Baltimore Ravens. They were underdogs all through the playoffs, and one of their linemen, Michael Oher, was the subject of the book and film "The Blind Side" - and I'd just read the book over Christmas vacation.
I hope everyone who made it through to the end here had a great Super Sunday and will have a happy and healthy week to come.