The 10k race was my "long run" for my first week of half marathon training, and time has zipped since then. I can't believe that I'm already in Week 4!
I have gotten used to the rhythm of training 3 days in a row (Mon, Tues, Wed), and then having a long run on Friday. This gives me the weekend off, and gives me the opportunity to get plenty of rest.
Week 2 of half marathon training was pretty good weather, and was ok for endurance. I had a bit of a tough time in the transition of running days. I feel like I'm making steady improvements, but it's tough.
Week 2, Day 4 I ended up having to run it on Saturday. When I set out it had just stopped raining. I thought I was in the clear for weather. The sun was breaking through the clouds on my way out. I turned around after running 2.5 miles, and the sky behind me when I turned around was BLACK! It looked like a twister was going to sweep me and Toto away! About 3 minutes after I had turned around it started strongly and very suddenly pouring. It was a nice run, but running through the crazy rain was... interesting.
Week 2, Day 1
Week 2, Day 2
Week 2, Day 3
Week 2, Day 4
One thing I didn't anticipate is that I need to start fueling and hydrating for my long runs like I do for my races. Last week's 6 mile run was tough. I had to walk more than I'd like, and I felt sapped at the end.
Week 3 of half marathon training was good in the beginning of the week, but my 3rd run of the week I tried to run right away in the morning with Oxford. We didn't make great time, but had a good time. Week 3, Day 4 I ran out of gas.
Week 3, Day 1
Week 3, Day 2
Week 3, Day 3
Week 3, Day 4
This week so far, I feel like I'm adapting to the heat, and new training. Having a great week!
I can't believe I'm a week into this training, and I only have 2 months left! August 10th is getting closer! I can't wait!
With the toughness of the long runs, I have doubts every time I'm in the middle of it, but when I get done it doesn't seem that bad. I know that races are different than training runs. Preparation is different, the energy is different... I just get nervous about covering the distance when I'm having trouble in the middle of mile 4.
Tenacity and consistency are the answer... and that I've got!!