This week’s miles: 24.3
- Sun: 5 miles, average pace – 11:53 min/mile. Easy recovery miles on treadmill after Saturday’s long run.
- Mon: Jillian Michaels workout
- Tue: 4.15 miles, average pace – 11:34 min/mile. Treadmill run.
- Wed: 2.04 miles, average pace – 10:44 min/mile. This was my rest day, but I wanted to get in a short workout. Quick outside neighborhood run.
- Thu: 5.1 miles, average pace – 11:06 min/mile. Treadmill run.
- Fri: Jillian Michaels workout
- Sat: 8.01 miles, average pace – 11:57 min/mile. Long run.
General notes: I am so ready for this half to be over! (although not necessarily ready for the half…). I thought signing up for another half marathon within 3 months of running one would keep me motivated and in shape, but instead, I feel burnt out and uninspired.
It doesn’t help that it’s summer. In Texas.
Today was my last long run before the half in 2 weeks. I was supposed to do 10 miles, but at 8 miles, I started walking, and as luck would have it, my husband and dog came to surprise me on the running trail and I decided to hitch a ride home (I had already decided to walk the last 2 miles home before I saw him, so I took it as a sign the universe was condoning that decision). When I stepped outside at 6:20am to start my long run, it was already 81 degrees and muggy.
I tried to positively reframe it as altitude preparation for Colorado Springs (hard to breathe in the humidity) but it was a hot, uncomfortable run the entire time. I kept an even half marathon pace for the first 5 miles (11:15 min/mile average) but then started slowing down. Then walk/running. Then finally walking.
I don’t feel as prepared for this half as I did for the April Big D. I *think* my overall fitness is better; I’ve been running solid weekly mileage for twice the time, and I’ve added in the weight training. But my long runs have not been as strong, or plentiful, as the ones I did before the April half marathon, and unlike my nervous excitement for my first half, I’m feeling very apathetic about this half.
This transformation into a “runner” is definitely a journey, and I’m viewing every decision as a learning experience. I’m realizing that I should either space out my half marathons by 6 months (so that I can completely stop training for a break, and then start over) or keep them closer together (within 4-6 weeks) so that I can ride the “ready” train into the next one; 3 months apart gave me no break in my training, but a long time of active preparation.
Also, no more half marathons in the summer. Or September, since that would require August long runs.