Last week was such a great week, and this week was….okay. I thought my allergies were getting the best of me, and it turned out that I was getting a cold. I think I’m on the other side of it now, so I hope that’s the last I’m sick until race day.
Tuesday – I planned on a 4-mile run. I was feeling awful, though, so I set out to get 3 miles in. While running, I felt a little better so I finished with 3.65 miles. I still averaged under 11-minute/mile pace, so that was good.
Wednesday – 2 miles. This was supposed to be a cross-train or rest day. We had a company picnic, so I went running later in the afternoon to get something in. I ran in my brand new shoes (they’re the same brand/style/etc. as my old shoes) and my calves hurt so much. I ate too much earlier in the day and it was around 83 degrees outside. It was an awful run.
Thursday – cross-train. I did the Shred workout, level 2.
Friday – I planned on four miles, and I ran just over 4 miles. I averaged a 9:47 pace. My splits were 9:05/8:52/11:04/10:02. That third mile was brutal. I had to stop and retie my shoe because the laces are still not right. My right foot was numb most of the third mile and part of the fourth mile. Good thing I have time to break them in and the old shoes aren’t completely shot.
Saturday – Kind of a rest day as I moved my long distance run to Sunday.
Sunday – Surprise! I raced. On Wednesday, I signed up for the Biltmore 15k. I needed to do an 8-mile run this weekend, and most of my running friends are injured or not up for the distance right now. I hate running alone, so I joined 1100 other runners for the Biltmore 5k/15k. I ran 9.3 miles in 1 hour, 30 minutes (and one second). I felt great and I’m still feeling that runner’s high. Full race report here.
Monday – Woke up a little sore, and I was home with the baby all day (all day cares were closed because of a training) so I cross-trained while he napped. I did Shred level 2.
We’re less than two weeks from the half marathon and I’m feeling REALLY good about it! My new shoes are taking longer to break in, and I’m definitely not wearing them for the race. I can’t seem to get the laces right and I need to compare my two pairs of shoes to see what I’m missing. Other than that, my legs feel great if I stretch enough, and I think having a real training plan this go-round (even if it was only for 5 weeks) has been a huge help.