Sunday, July 28, 2013
Everything is looking good for my upcoming half marathon. I had signed up for a 15km race, but it got cancelled, so I created a virtual 15km with the team 'Runner Girls United' which was one way of giving myself a goal halfway towards the half-marathon time.
I also decided to measure my long runs according to time as opposed to distance. Now I try to increase my long run by 5-10 minutes a week, depending on how I'm feeling. My last run was 1hr 37 (I was 500m away from hitting 17km, so I just carried on running until I reached it) and it went well.
I must thank people for all their advice. As soon as I started bringing water along with me and slowing down my pace for the long run all my frustrations disappeared. I felt less tired and my legs have been able to keep going without much pain at all! My muscles did ache a little yesterday, but I think that's probably quite normal. I never thought I'd ever say that, but...... I'm really enjoying these longer distances...... (I bet my old Phys Ed teacher just felt a shiver down her spine....she would never believe it!!)
I've also taken that advice that even if I can't fit shorter runs in during the week, I must still try and do a weekly long run. In fact, I've been quite flexible with myself about when I run - as long as I take a day off between runs and two days off after my long run. This has made it much easier to fit the training into my last two weeks of work. Now that I'm on vacation, I have more time, which will help.
All in all I feel quite confident that I'll reach the 21km mark. I'm so aware that I need to be careful and not push myself because I don't want an injury now! I'm also finding that all my routes (that once seemed so endless) are getting a bit short. I'm having to double up on them! In that respect I'm happy that we will be moving to the countryside soon where I'll have a lot more space to run. The city parks are getting a bit small now, and those long runs are becoming quite epic!!