The pressure is off. YEAH! I ran 13.55 miles on Saturday so now I know I can run the half marathon distance. It’s been a great week. The week started with a five mile run which is a little further than I’ve gone on my typical Monday runs. My weekday runs usually begin around 4:30 a.m. and on Wednesday we had pleasant temperatures, a clear sky and an almost full moon so I decided to skip the treadmill and hit the pavement. With the added hills that I don’t have to deal with when I’m on a treadmill I was pleased with my 9:51 average pace.
Instead of my usual rest day on Friday I played in a charity golf tournament to help the Fisher House Foundation. I’ve intentionally avoided playing golf while training for the half marathon but I made an exception for the Fisher House. If you’re not familiar with the Fisher House, they provide military families housing close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. It’s a good cause and it gave me an excuse to hang out with a few of my friends. We didn’t win anything but weren’t the worse team out on the course either!
The goal for my long run on Saturday was supposed to be 2:08:00 to 2:15:00. Almost immediately after starting my run on this humid and foggy morning I could tell the previous days golf round had taken a little out of my legs. I knew my pace would be off a bit but I wanted to keep my mile splits fairly consistent even if they were a little slower than I liked. Of course you have to discount the sections with hills a bit. Now that my distances are getting longer it’s harder for me to avoid out and back sections. I really don’t like to see the same scenery twice during a run. By the time I got to the 11 mile mark I decided to go the distance and cover a half marathon. This meant in the end I would run 25-30 longer than I had planned and it meant running out and back for a little over a mile. The out is pretty much all uphill. By the time I hit the turn around point I was happy to see the downslope and I have to admit my feet were feeling tired. By the time I got back to my start/finish I had covered 13.55 miles with an average pace of 11:44 per mile. Total run time: 2:39:02. Miles 3,7,8 and 12 had quite a few long hills. My mile splits ranged from 11:15 to 12:22. Most were somewhere in between.
On Sunday I woke up with a little stiffness and soreness in my hips. I’m guessing this isn’t from the long run but from the golf. I haven’t used those muscles in a while and for me, muscle soreness comes on the second day after an activity.
Still have five weeks before Nashville and I’m ready. I think the hard part going forward will be keeping my motivation up now that I know I can go the distance. Next week will be my last week with speed workouts and my long run will be a much shorter than this week. Hopefully, this will allow me to regroup and rejuvenate my body and mind a bit.
Workout breakdown for the week:
Monday: Ran 5.18 miles at 10:25 pace.
Tuesday: Rest day (but still did some walking).
Wednesday: 36 minute interval run. 18 minute fast run/2 minute walk/16 minute fast run.
Thursday: 39.5 minute interval run. 12 minute slow run/2 minute fast run followed by 1.5 minute of walking (x5)/10 minute slow run for a distance of 3.66 miles at 9:51 overall average pace.
Friday: Played in a charity golf tournament.
Saturday: Ran 13.55 miles at 11:44 pace.
Sunday: Strength training and stretching.