Wow! Nine weeks of training complete!
This weeks running was one run short of the training plan. I ran on the treadmill on Monday. I listened to a Podrunners' Speedbump mix that took me from 150 to 160 to 170 bpms and then back down. Basically it's a temp run resulting in bringing up my speed. My goal is not a difficult one, though. I'm hoping to run a 10 minute mile consistently. That will bring me in way under my original goal of finishing the half in 2:30....so if it's somewhere between 2-2:30, I'll be very happy.
It wasn't until Thursday that I ran again. My husband and I did a night run. These are fun to do together. He's not running as far as me...yet, so we ran a little over a 1.5 miles together before I veered off to run the rest of my planned 5 miles. My math was off though. I was thinking I'd finish at 5 miles by combining two of my standard runs together; a two and and three mile route, but I missed a section...the part that would have taken me home and back out to start my other run and that's about the mile that I was short. I ran 4 miles though and it really did feel good.
My group long run was in the rain along the Oceanfront. We did 10 miles and I again had a running buddy. Judy kept me on track. We did do a little bit of walking on and off. Only about 20-30 steps worth at a time. She and I were both tired today. The rain didn't help either. We finished at 1:57....about a 12 minute mile, so I'm happy with that. It was brutal though and at about the halfway point, our coach was there cheering us on and all I could utter was, "I don't want to do this!"...as I continued on and finished up the 10 miles.
I am so happy that I joined up with my training group. I'll do it again for the Rock n Roll Half in September too. J & A Racing group training is my training group. I would highly recommend a training group to anyone running a half or full Marathon. It gets me up and out the door on Saturday morning where I otherwise would stay in bed.
Next week is the Virginia Is For Lovers 14K....that'll be fun!
Till next week....