Half-Marathon Prep: 7 mile run, tapering for Saturday 3/2
Sunday, February 24, 2013
I did my last "distance" run prior to my upcoming HM on Saturday. I went on a new route today to keep it interesting. Originally I'd wanted to go down to the Snake River, where the race will take place, but time and distance (45 min. each way) spoke against it. So instead I ran around the perimeter of the school where I teach. I'm glad I did, new sights, new terrain - some long, gradual hill work (up and down). A few runners out there, enough to feel solidarity, not so many as to feel crowded. Weather was overcast, temps @38-40, but dry. Did 70 minutes for an @ 7 mile run and felt pretty good.
I will try and get in some strength training this coming week, and maybe a few short, easy runs to keep the legs loose. I'm feeling pretty good, although training was a bit interrupted a few weeks ago. My plan is to run conservatively the first half (it's an out and back course), somewhere @ 10 min/mile, and push it harder on the return leg.
I've been training by myself all winter so it will be interesting to be with 699 of my best friends on race day ....
Whatever happens, I'm really glad I have the race to aim for, as it has provided critical motivation and interest to keep me going through the winter months.
I know some of you are running on March 2nd too, and good luck and good fun to you!