I just finished up week 5 for half marathon training. I did a total of 21 miles this week, and surprisingly, my shorter runs this week weren’t nearly as good as my last run.
Monday I sort of dragged out the 3 miles as it as the day Rick left for a business trip. My legs felt heavy. I was just happy to be done with the run, but feeling a little bummed knowing that when I returned home he wouldn’t be there. I guess the run wasn’t all that bad because I kept it at 10:32 pace and finished in 31:38 but just mentally, my head wasn’t in it.
Tuesday I also did 3 miles and brought the dog along with me because he was driving me batty with his constant two year-old energy. Poor Autumn, she’s eleven years-old and staying with us indefinitely (at this time). So the run, it started out a little rough until Wally finally settled into it after 2 miles of battling. I could finally relax and he understood that it was indeed, NOT doggie social time. Seriously, what a work out keeping him on pace. Who needs body sculpting! Ha! We finished in 30:13 and kept a 10:04 pace.
Wednesday was a rest day. I tried out a new pilates class and loved it. However, it’s in the morning and there is no way that is possible for the summer schedule. Bummer.
Thursdays run was the 5 mile run. It was a pretty decent run. I was where I wanted to be pace wise, an average of 10:17 pace. I remember not really wanting to go and run but still I had to do it. It was 4:00pm when I took off to do it. The first couple of miles my legs were like rocks again but once I got into a groove, I felt much better. Finished in 50:35.
Mile 1 – 10:47
Mile 2 – 10:40
Mile 3 – 10:33
Mile 4 – 10:10
Mile 5 – 9:10
Friday was another rest day where I did nothing and actually rested, and cleaned house. I also hit up my chiropractor for an adjustment in preparation for tomorrow’s long run. Also, Rick would be home that afternoon!
Saturday, my longest run of the week! 10 miles. I was a little apprehensive about it because I wasn’t really into my runs this week. I did them but I just was sort of beat, and that could have been from doing the single parenting thing. Who knows. At any rate… my longest run ever. 10 miles. I was really hoping my legs weren’t going to feel heavy again the first couple of miles, which they did and seriously, I NEED my yoga.
Also, I got to wear a pair of my newest shorts. Love.
Anyway, I decided to try out Map My Run. I mapped out my 10 miles and pretty much stuck with it. I really enjoyed my run, and it was nice to be able to share my run with Rick beforehand so that he would know what area I would be in.
So, here it is! The break down of my longest (ever!) run to date. I dedicated it to my Dad.
Mile 1 – 11:10
Mile 2 – 11:28
Mile 3 – 10:42
Mile 4 – 10:39
Mile 5 – 10:28 <—- Thinking about my Dad. I got a little teary thinking about how much I really miss him.
Mile 6 – 10:14 <— about halfway into mile 6 I took a GU, Jet Blackberry. Like! I also took a sip from my newly purchased Fuel Belt Wedge bottle with clip. I got it from Amazon and this photo shows the clip as plastic but it’s actually metal. This thing rocks and I am so glad I got it! I didn’t weigh me down at all. It’s just 8 oz. I had it on my hip the entire time and didn’t even notice it.
Mile 7 – 10:29 <— During mile 7 my right knee stiffened up a bit, which I think I may have been due to the small hill. The knee I had ACL surgery on when I was in high school. Ugh!
Mile 8 – 10:22 <— I concentrated on my pace and working through the tightness in my knee (with a little hydration).
Mile 9 – 9:50
Mile 10 – 9:37
I ended up finishing in 1:45:15 at a 10:29 pace. 10.03 miles. I felt really good when I finished too. Then I did this for a while right after, and again once more before bed.
Finished up with a little yoga stretching at home, foam rolling, and shin rolling. Took some ibuprofen, and I felt fine and normal this morning. Thank goodness! The knee stiffness scared me a little bit.
I am so happy that I rocked out my long run once again! 1:45:15! Go me! Looking forward to some PranaVayu-Inspired yoga tomorrow!