This past week was another great week of training. My weekly mileage is slowly increasing, as is the distance of my weekend long run, and I was able to get to the gym for one weight training session this past week. As each week passes, I’m feeling more and more confident that I’ll be able to run all of Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach and won’t have to do extra walking beyond my planned run/walk intervals.
Part of why I’m feeling confident is because I’ve been focusing on running on hilly routes during my runs. I used this same approach when I trained last summer for RnRVB. Even though the race course is extremely flat, by training on hills it made me stronger and better prepared for race day.
Of course, a lot can still happen in the next eight weeks before race day, but I’m hopeful and optimistic that I’ll still be able to run the entire race, even if I slow down a bit. I’ve been focusing on staying hydrated, especially during my long runs. For example, during yesterday’s 10 miler, I took a quick break at home for a few minutes about 6.4 miles into my run so that I could refill my water bottle, drink some Powerade, and use the bathroom (one of the many great things about pregnancy is the frequency at which nature calls). I’m sure I’ll have to use a porta potty at least once mid-race, which will slow my race pace down, but I’m more than okay with that.
Hopefully the next eight weeks go as well as the last ten have and that I’ll arrive at the start line on September 6th feeling confident about running my fifth half marathon!
Mon 7/6 – Rest day
Tues 7/7 – 3.25 mile run, 0.40 mile cool down walk
Wed 7/8 – 30 minutes on the elliptical, kettlebell squat swings, abs, arms, back, shoulders, chest, glutes
Thurs 7/9 – Rest day
Fri 7/10 – 3.15 mile run, 0.52 mile cool down walk
Sat 7/11 – Rest day
Sun 7/12 – 10.06 mile run, 0.53 mile cool down walk
Total Weekly Mileage – 20.55 miles (5.45 miles more than week 9)
Total RnRVB Mileage – 147.59 miles
QOTD: How do you mentally and physically approach training for flat course races?