Last week’s miles: 37.8
This week’s miles: 18.3
Weight: 130 BMI: 19.2
Fitbit steps 3/15 – 3/21: 65, 792
- Sunday: 4.53 miles, average pace per mile – 11:02. Run on treadmill due to very windy and cold conditions outside.
- Monday: 4.11 miles, average pace per mile – 11:17. Post-work run around the neighborhood.
- Thursday: 4 miles, average pace per mile – 11:14, Post-work run on treadmill.
- Friday: .7 miles, walking my dog around the neighborhood. Not really part of my “training” but Runkeeper logged it!
- Saturday: 5 miles, average pace per mile – 11:47. Slow and easy run in preparation for 10 mile long run tomorrow.
Diet: Since the half marathon is getting close, I’m starting to focus on my diet more closely. We went out to dinner with our best friends last Saturday night, and I decided those would be my last margaritas (or any alcohol) before the race. While I’m always a fairly “clean” and healthy eater, I’m trying to make sure these next two weeks are even better than usual – lots of protein, lots of water, healthy fats, with some whole grain carbs thrown in. I’m already contemplating my diet for the 48 hours before the race; as a former competitive swimmer, I know how to carbload, it’s just a matter of eating the best combination. Any runners reading this with half marathon experience, feel free to comment on your typical diet in the days before the race!
General notes: While my miles are starting to slowly taper with the race approaching, they are deceptively lower this week because the count does not include any long runs. I did last weekend’s long run on the previous Thursday to prepare for the 5k, and I had a morning appointment today necessitating a Sunday long run this week. Next week’s training plan should be around 23 miles, and then I drop much lower with the half marathon the following weekend.
I’m feeling pretty good and (relatively) confident. I know I will finish it, I’m just not sure how painful it will be! I am going into the race with my longest run capping out at 12 miles (my training plan called for 14, but for a variety of reasons, I never got up to that). I’ve been told by many that if I can run 12, I can run 13.1, so I’m not too worried.
I’ve been consistently running 5-6 miles at the pace that I need to maintain to stay on track for my time goal (I know, I know, I am not supposed to have a time goal for my first half), and feeling good, so I’m telling myself that if I can run almost half the race on pace and feel strong and able to keep going, surely on race day, I can power through and do the entire race on pace.
It’s working for me. Don’t disillusion me.