Its official – I have made it to the halfway point of my training! Ten weeks ago I had no idea how I’d been feeling, or what I’d be thinking, at this point in terms of my ability to run 13.1 miles.
So what am I thinking? How am I feeling? I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit sore after running eight miles (my latest personal distance record) on Saturday, followed by the Veteran’s Day 5K on Sunday, but I’m feeling more confident than ever before about my ability to complete 13.1 miles in just 60 short days.
This week started out much more positively than week 9 did. The ankle pain I had at the beginning of last week seems to have subsided. Although I had planned to attempt four runs this past week, when I went to the gym Tuesday evening and found all the treadmills in use, I elected to replace Tuesday night’s run with time on the elliptical. I’ve been trying to find time to incorporate the elliptical into my training at least once a week, so I took seeing the full treadmills as a sign that this was the week to do so. In hindsight, its probably a good thing that I only ran three times anyway since yesterday’s 5K was quite painful. I’ll write up a full race recap soon, but after running eight miles on Saturday my body was not happy with the idea of adding another three miles the very next day.
The highlight of my week was setting my new PDR (personal distance record). To keep things interesting, I elected to run a slightly different route on Saturday. I started at one of my usual starting points – Bluemont Park on the W&OD Trail – but instead of running west like I normally do, I ran east instead, and in Shirlington where the W&OD ends continued onto Four Mile Run Trail. The weather on Saturday was gorgeous – in the low 50s and sunny – so the weather combined with the new trail to explore made for a very enjoyable long run.
This coming week calls for a bit more rest, and my “long” run next weekend will be back at four miles before I increase my distance again during week 12. Its funny how back in March three or four miles felt like an eternity, and now I barely feel like I’ve gotten started by the time I reach that distance!
Mon 11/4 – Resistance band strengthening for my ankle, abs, calves
Tues 11/5 – 30 min on the elliptical, legs
Wed 11/6 – 3.38 mile treadmill run, kettlebell squat swings, abs
Thurs 11/7 – Rest day
Fri 11/8 – Rest day
Sat 11/9 – 8.17 mile run on the W&OD and Four Mile Run Trails
Sun 11/10 – Veteran’s Day 5K
Total Weekly Mileage – 16.30 miles (3.44 miles more than week 9)
Total Half Marathon Training Mileage – 144.71 miles
QOTD: Beyond running, what other exercises do you incorporate into your training?