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Half Marathon Training update & Horse Stuff

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Hi all!

I'm in my 4th week of training for my half. I ran 5 miles last Sunday and due to time constraints, did my next scheduled run in the evening vs morning yesterday. It was 3.5 miles.

Was a little concerned starting out, not knowing if I'd be able to finish the run, and not sure why I thought this??? It was 82 and pretty humid, but most of the run was in the shade.

I rocked it! I did a few walk breaks, mainly to cool off my head. I also found myself running my usual 10.5 in the beginning then to 11.3 the second half. This is my slow pace and I know I'm supposed to be running slower, but this is my biggest problem is not being able to force myself to pace slower.

I certainly hope it's cooler on Half day! When cooler, I'm usually 9.4 - 10

Really hard to get the time in for some runs too as my weekends get pretty busy. Last week emoticon and I did Hound Exercise! What fun! There are still Fox Hunting clubs around, and before people get up in arms, there rarely is a fox to be found, mostly cyotes and not many kills.

Hound exercise starts in July where they go a pre determined path mostly at a walk with some trotting. As the days progress, there is more trotting and less walking. This was the last week of hound exercise before informal hunt season opens (they call it 'cubbing') so there was a LOT of trotting and emoticon started off really strong, then after about 30 minutes of trotting, he was wondering when we were going to take a break!

Next year, I'll talk to my boss about being able to take off a few hours each morning to count to a vacation day so I can do this more often...great way to start a day!

This weekend emoticon and I will be attending a Hunt Clinic. Saturday is the orientation to fox hunting, etiquette (read really stodgy old fashioned stuff!), kennel inspections, hound confirmation and such. Afternoon will be a ride in hunt country and a chance to see the jumps, WEEEE. Sunday will be an actual Hunt! How cool is that!

And hopefully the weather is good on Sunday after the hunt as that's the only time to get my 5 mile run in!!

It will be 4 more weeks till I hit the 8 mile run. Two yrs ago once I got to 8 miles my knees felt really compressed and sore. Hopefully this will not happen this time!
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  • MAW_OH
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    1748 days ago
  • _LINDA
    This sounds all very interesting actually! We could use some hunt clubs up here to get the coyotes and foxes that regularly come in and steal the chickens and kill the cats.. Would love to see one in action some day..
    You sound like you are strong and ready for your marathon! Really can't even to begin to imagine running in 82 heat, even in a shaded area!!! Good on you!
    Keep up the great work!
    1751 days ago
    Good luck with your marathon training. I hope it's cooler for you on run day too.

    Turtle . . . what a big kid, eh! Waiting for a recess break! LOL Hope you both do well and that sounds like such a great way to start the day, trotting with Turtle!

    HUGS and smiles.
    1751 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Keep running and much success on your training!
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    1751 days ago
    I guess it's OK to hunt coyotes. emoticon emoticon
    We actually saw a couple on a run 10 days ago, trotting off to the nearest bayou where they apparently have a lair (or whatever it's called.)

    Glad you and emoticon are enjoying it.
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