Tomorrow's long run will officially bring me to the close of 7 weeks of training for my first half marathon. After this week, there are 9 weeks of training and one week of tapering before the big race. I think that means that Christmas week (next week) marks my halfway point in training. That's exciting, isn't it?
I realized I've neglected updates on my last few runs. I apologize to the hoards of you hanging on my every word (Mom). :)
Last week's scheduled long run (8 miles) ended up getting rescheduled because of ice. Then cancelled because of ice. I was going to try and fit in on Monday but got some helpful advice from a friend who just finished her first marathon this past October. She said to just shake it off and start Monday fresh and do what the schedule says - rather than trying to "make up" the long run. Otherwise, you end up getting that "I'm behind" feeling - which can be really discouraging.
I did some good thinking about that option and decided she had a point. Plus, I do happen to have two weeks of "wiggle room" left in the difference between the number of training weeks I have, and the number of weeks until the race. I figured last week could just use up one of my "wiggle room weeks" and I could just do last week's over. So that's what I did. :)
This week of training found me running at night, a big change. And with Daniel staying home with Ethan while I headed to the gym, another big change. Tuesday night I did two easy miles. Wednesday night I did some weights stuff (still working on those pull-ups!) and threw in an extra mile because I really want to hit 100 miles this week. Friday night I did a 7 mile speed training run. It went way better than last time. I finished in 1:32:48, only like 9 minutes faster than my 10k back in October. And I even did a whole mile at 5.5mph, which is just a sneeze faster than an 11 minute mile. A major milestone. :) I also did three separate laps at 6mph - which is an epic triumph in my book.
I'm looking forward to my longest run ever tomorrow morning. 8 miles, here I come! I'll cross my "100 miles run" mark. Good times.