Half Marathon Training: Week Twelve

The past week was officially my last week of training for the half marathon even though I still have three weeks to go. I started training a little early just in case illness or bad weather kept me from staying on track. Thankfully, neither happened. I did struggle for a couple of weeks with a head cold but it wasn’t bad enough to keep me from working out. So I’m essentially finished with training and now just in maintenance mode until April 30th.

It felt so strange not to run on Monday morning. I’ve ran just about every Monday for almost three years now and it just didn’t seem right. I still did a short but intense core workout for about thirty minutes and still got at least six miles of walking in during the day. The runs on Wednesday and Thursday were so short it was hard to convince myself it was worth the effort but nonetheless I did them. Nice and slow, nice and easy. They felt good even if they were short.

My long run on Saturday didn’t go quite as I had originally planned. In hindsight, I should have moved the run to Sunday. I had a last minute meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday with a drive of about and hour and ten minutes just to get there. I wanted to get my run in before the meeting because I wasn’t sure how long it would last and figured I would just say the hell with it if I waited. I figured I would have to get up at 3:30 a.m. to get my run in with enough time to shower, eat and drive to the meeting. Granted 3:30 a.m. is early but only thirty minutes earlier than my usual wake-up time for my weekday runs. Well… I had an awful night of sleep. Tossed and turned all night. I was dragging butt when I got up on Saturday morning. I got started about 15-20 minutes later than I had planned because I couldn’t get moving. The outside temperature was really cool for this time of year but I was OK with it. There wasn’t any moon in the sky so it was incredibly dark outside. You could see a lot more stars in the sky than I usually see and I even saw I shooting star at one point. The plan was to run at least 12 miles but with the late start and my really slow running pace it just wasn’t possible. In the end, I logged 10:41 miles at a 12:22 per mile pace. I don’t claim to be a fast runner but this is slow even by my standards.

Next Saturday I have another meeting at the same time and place but there won’t be a run logged before I go this time. I’ve learned my lesson and will get my miles in on Sunday. Next Sunday I plan to log in over thirteen miles. The rest of the week will be a duplicate of the this week.
Workout breakdown for the week:

Monday: Strength training and stretching.
Tuesday: Rest day (but still did some walking).
Wednesday: 30 minute slow run covering 2.79 miles at an 11:11 pace.
Thursday: 30 minute slow run covering 2.58 miles at an 11:40 pace.
Friday: Rest day.
Saturday: Ran 10.41 miles at 12:22 pace.
Sunday: Strength training and stretching.

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