I finally feel as if training has got back on track this week! It wasn’t quite what the plan stated, but it was a solid effort. We decided it was for the best to revise the plan slightly due to the injury and illness we have experienced in the last few weeks so we were aiming for 10 miles as our long run, but managed 8. I’m ok with this. 8 is a solid number, it’s made me remember that I can do long run’s and that I’m probably not as under prepared for the half marathon as I have been thinking in the last few weeks. We stopped at 8 because Gideon twinged his knee slightly when he pulled up to walk and we didn’t want to carry on and potentially hurt it more with the half marathon being so close.
The problem with stopping at 8 miles when you had planned to do 10 miles is that you then have to walk the 2 miles back to where the car is parked. This was slightly annoying as it wasn’t the warmest day (but much better than it would have been in the morning when it was pouring with rain) and we didn’t have a jacket. My stomach was also ready for it’s post run snack after about 5 minutes and did not enjoy having to walk for almost half an hour to get it!
However we did manage to walk those 2 miles in under half an hour – which means that even if that happened at Disney during the half and we were forced to stop and walk to the end, we should be able to maintain a pace of 16 minute miles – that’s definitely reassuring. It’s nice to know that on horribly aching tight legs, we can still walk a decent pace if needed (though I do very much hope we will only need to walk our walk breaks rather than anything longer).
I’ve already started obsessively checking the weather forecast for race day. Yesterday it said the low would be 13 degrees and today it says the low is 20 degrees so I don’t think I can put much faith in it yet! Infact I now wish I hadn’t checked it today because 20 seems much to warm!! Go back to 13!!
Ran 2.44 miles with an average pace of 12’09” per mile. I was so happy to have ran over 2 miles – that sounds pathetic knowing we can do 11.5 but honestly after all the colds i’ve been experiencing it was just so nice to be out there for a full half an hour!
Ran 1.76 miles with an average pace of 11’12” per mile. It was probably silly to do 2 days in a row, because my legs did ache a lot towards the end which is why it was a bit of a shorter run than intended. If we had waited a day we may have been more inclined to stay out for the full half an hour but oh well, we were able to do something and thats the main thing.
Ran 8.04 miles using run/walk intervals of 2 minutes running and 1 minute walking. Average pace 12’13” per mile. It took us 1hr and 38mins. We then walked a further 2 miles in 27 mins so overall we were out for about 2hrs 10 mins. If this happened in the race and we still had 3 miles to go even if we walked it I think we could still probably finish in under 3 hours which is very very encouraging!
Rest day – I did use my new foam roller earlier. I used to read other blogs talking about their foam roller and how much it hurt and treat it with a pinch of Salt… I mean its just foam at the end of the day. I TAKE IT BACK GUYS. IT HURTS. IT REALLY REALLY HURTS…. and my legs still ache… so i’m not sure i’m feeling any benefit lol!
So now it’s time to taper. No more long run’s till the half – just short maintenance run’s so that the legs are fully rested for 2 weeks time. It’s kind of scary that the next long run we do will BE the half marathon, but at the same time, my love/hate relationship with long run’s means i’m not all that upset about it!
We are raising money for Make-A-Wish UK by running the wine and dine half marathon at Walt Disney World! If you would like to sponsor us you can do so here!