This month in training has made me think about a lot of things. A year ago, I was just starting to increase my distance past the 3-4 mile mark for my first 10 mile race. A year ago the only mud runs I’d done were small local races. A year ago I still wasn’t sure I ever wanted to do a half marathon.
Now 5 mile runs are considered “normal” for me. Now I’ve done that 10 mile race, two Tough Mudders, a Spartan race, several other “big” name OCR (obstacle course races), and completed my first half marathon in April 2015. When I was in high school I swore up and down that I “hated” running. Now I love it and couldn’t imagine my life without it.
So many people say they will “never” do something. I’ve decided I dislike the word “never.” It’s such a limiting word- it limits your choices, limits your beliefs, limits your dreams. If you never do something, how will you know you ever can? How will you know if you like or dislike it?
This month (there is still one day left, so it’s subject to change) I hit 52.73 miles for my first month of half marathon training. It hasn’t always been easy (it’s so hot here I feel like I’m literally melting), but it’s amazing to me how far I’ve come from when I first started running. I still have a long way to go; one of the things I love most about running is that there are always new goals to achieve and new milestones to hit. I had a really great week in training this week though, so here it is:
Monday, August 24: Ran 3.1 miles on the treadmill at 11:03 pace before leaving the hotel to come home from vacation.
Tuesday, August 25: Rest day- technically but I worked a double (15 hrs). Why, why, why did I let this be my first day back from vacation??
Wednesday, August 26: 3.01 mile run at 10:43 pace. I pushed myself with this run (I have a hard time running in hot, sunny conditions). I’m hoping that the fact that I’m hitting these paces on my summer runs means I’ll be faster in the cooler temps!
Thursday, August 27: Rest day. Worked all day today.
Friday, August 28: Unplanned long run day. 5.01 miles at 11:52 pace. I went out tonight because we were forecasted to get hit with Tropical Storm Erika this weekend and I wasn’t sure when the storms would come.
Saturday, August 29: Running Friday night meant I could sleep in Saturday! It felt nice to be lazy this morning.
Sunday, August 30: 5 miles at race pace! I averaged a 10:47 pace and my splits were negative for most of the run. Mile 4 had a bit of a side stitch I had to walk off, but I stayed under an 11 minute mile, so I was happy about that. Then I came home and took a nap. No shame.
Total Weekly Mileage: 16.13 miles
I was planning on registering for the Hooters to Hooters 10k, but all race registrations are currently on hold until Disney Star Wars registration. So most likely I will be looking for a smaller, local 10k in the month of October. If I do well in that race, I might also use it as a pace predictor for the Disney Princess run.
Do you have any races you’re hoping to get into for next year? What are you currently training for?