The big day of my 9th half marathon has come and gone, and I’m happy to report that despite the crazy humidity Sunday morning that I still managed to PR! I didn’t meet any of my race goals, and missed my C goal by a mere 14 seconds, so I’ve of course been thinking about what I could have done differently to have run the race just a tad faster. I can’t wait to have time to sit down and write my recap of the race!
The week leading up to race day was quite busy, which seems to be my theme of the month. Now that we’re more than two weeks into the school year, I’m starting to find my rhythm, both at school and at home. We’re also trying to soak up as much time outside as possible before the weather turns cold.
Not only did I complete my last two planned training runs last week, but I also managed to get to the gym for some cross and weight training.
Mon 9/12 – 3.55 mile run, 0.21 mile cool down walk
Tues 9/13 – 1.96 mile walk
Wed 9/14 – 30 minutes on the elliptical, 25 minutes of weight training (upper body, lower body, abs)
Thurs 9/15 – Rest day
Fri 9/16 – 3.10 mile run, 0.38 mile cool down walk
Sat 9/17 – Rest day
Sun 9/18 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly Half Marathon (ran 13.24 miles according to my Garmin)
Total Weekly Mileage – 25.02 miles (13.44 miles more than week 11)
Total RnRPhilly Mileage – 196.81 miles, plus the race
So what’s next? I’m taking this week off from training in order to recover from Sunday’s race, and then I’ll be spending six weeks preparing for the inaugural Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge during Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend at Disney World. I haven’t completed a race challenge since the Dolphin Challenge in March 2014, so my training focus will be on preparing to run races on back to back days. Although I’ll be running both of these races for fun, with no time goals in mind, I still want to make sure that I’ve adequately prepared my body for running 19.3 miles over the course of two days.
QOTD: Do you run race challenges/races on back to back days?