With less than two weeks until the Costume Party Run, where I will attempt my What’s Beautiful goal of finishing a half marathon in under two hours for the first time since I turned 50, my mind and body are exhausted, so if you picked Tired, you win. I am tired of training, I am tired of long runs, I am tired of trying to run fast, I am even tired of writing my weekly recap posts. I can’t wait until this race is over so that I can go back to just running, as opposed to training. I might even ride my bike again.
I did my final long run this morning, a day late because of spending family time on Sunday. In spite of the caption above I felt pretty good. I am Ready, so if that was your choice, you were right too. I ran 14 miles today, the longest I’ve run in years. I wanted to go beyond the distance, something I used to always do in marathon and half marathon training.
I have done all my training, in spite of a few hiccups here and there. I’ve done my long runs, I’ve done my intervals and tempo runs. My last speed workout will be on Wednesday and I hope to make it a good one. I complain
endlessly some about the weather heating up in the desert, but overall, I have been very fortunate. As an example, I got out late (again) for my long run, which could have been disastrous. Instead, it was in the low 70s when I started, and only 81 when I finished about 9:00. I even had some cloud cover for a significant portion of the run.
And while I have not been back to the gym as planned (yet!), I have been keeping up with my strength training through the classes that I teach, so I know I am Strong. If that was what you picked, you win too! My classes focus on total body training, so I know I get a balanced workout, even if I’m not lifting at the gym. I am really missing yoga too, it seems to have been totally pushed out by my running training. That was brought home once again when I got this Foursquare notification:
As you know, I joined the Under Armour What’s Beautiful campaign as a FitFluential Ambassador, declared my goal for this race, and have been training hard to achieve it. I have never been so public about a running goal, but the What’s Beautiful campaign encourages women to do this, set a goal, share it and all the challenges and triumphs along the way. I am very Excited that I have come this far, and I feel that when I toe the line on race day I will have the support of all the readers of my blog, as well as other participants in the What’s Beautiful program. So, if you picked Excited, you were right too.
Here is what I’ve been up to in training, two weeks out from the Costume Party Run.
|Weekly Recap:||Week 7: June 17-23|
|Tuesday||Ran 3 miles, easy, with Alan and the dogs.|
|Strength: Superball Class|
|Wednesday||Run/Walk (bad day, I wrote about it here)|
|4 miles with Penny.|
|Thursday||Strength: Superball Class, the|
|One Set Workout.|
|Saturday||Ran 5 miles, four of them with|
|Alan, Penny, and Buddy,|
|then one more with Lily and Olivia.|
|Sunday:||Before driving to San Diego to visit|
|Samuel, I ran 6.4 miles.|
|Monday||Not really in the same week,|
|but I ran 14 miles. I’ll probably count|
|it in next week’s post too, because|
|it is, after all, 14 miles.|
|Total Miles:||18.4 or 32.4, depending on how|
|you do your math.|
While this was my last long run, I will still continue to train pretty hard through the rest of this week. I have one more speed workout scheduled on Wednesday, which will be half mile intervals, and a moderate distance of about eight miles next weekend. Then the real taper will begin. In the meantime, a few pictures from the run today.
How did your training week go? Any races, competitions or other events?