Monday, September 8, 2014

Akron Half Training: Week 11

Sorry about the lack of update last week. School started back up and it has been hard to find time to even run, let alone blog about it.

You didn't miss anything.

Now that the semester is almost in full swing and I am getting used to my schedule, I'm ready to finish out my last 2 or 3 weeks as best as I can!

I'm so happy to say I ran my first double-digit run on Saturday! I had 10 miles on the schedule, but it was super soggy and rainy all day. And my sister-in-law came home from California to visit, so I was at a cookout for her for a good chunk of the day. I ended up having to split my run up because I just didn't have enough time at any given part of the day. I woke up and did 3 soggy miles outside in the morning, had lunch, ran another 5 on the treadmill, ran out of time and had to leave for the cookout, came home at like 9:00pm and did another 2 on the treadmill. It was freaking exhausting. But I made it, and my tendon that has been bugging me didn't really start to hurt until my evening run, so that's good news to me!

Honestly, I have no idea how to train for the next couple weeks. A taper seems dumb and I don't feel the need to back off as much as I feel like I need to remain loose and consistently active at my current level. But a lot of articles I read recommended some kind of taper for a half, especially if it's your first (which it is). I am pretty sure I'm gonna go for 11 miles this coming Sunday and that will be the last long run. After that, it will probably be stretching, light cardio, and short runs for the last 2 weeks. And planning out the other details, like figuring out the course, what I'm gonna wear, getting my fuel together, etc.

I can't believe it's almost over! The idea of being a half-marathoner is totally nuts to someone who hated running their entire life and couldn't run longer than 3 minutes at a time a year ago. Anyways, wish me luck and good vibes for my last long run! 19 days until race day!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Akron Half Training: Week 9

Another so-so week. :(

I've been feeling a little burnt out with training the past few weeks, which has led to not doing as much running as I should.

However, I did get my 8 miles in yesterday! Tried to do it in the morning, but I accidentally overslept by an hour, so I had to split it up. I did 5 miles in the morning and 3 miles in the evening, both on the treadmill and while watching Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on blu-ray. I felt great other than some tendon issues and a blister, but I'm just so glad I made it.

In regards to the tendon issues, I have been experiencing pain in that big tendon on the back/outside of my left knee (I'm not a doctor, I don't know what its name is) every time I run more than 4 or 5 miles. It started hurting after my 5-miler, but a little ice and Aleve fixed it. I mostly felt okay during the last 3 miles, with the exception of one little twinge of pain. This has happened a lot lately, but it feels fine by the end of the day or the next day. I can't decide whether my stride is wrong, I'm putting too much sudden stress on it (not running frequently enough, then doing long runs), I have bad shoes, or I'm not warming up/stretching enough. Either way, it's making me super nervous for the race. When it starts to hurt, I HAVE to stop and walk. If that happens at mile 7 on race day, I'm effed. This week I am going to try hard to do more 3-milers during the week and stay loose.

In other news, my husband has moved past his burn-out phase and seems really ready to finish out strong. Which helped pull me out of the rut too! We are only 33 days away from running our first half marathon, and it's time to crack down. We're trying to be really strict about eating at home as much as possible and getting some more miles in each week.

Also, we're going to Salt Fork State Park with my husband's family next weekend for our annual Labor Day camping, so there will probably be some running happening there! It's always a great time and there's so much to do. Staying active won't be a problem... I just need to try not to eat a million s'mores. Like I am sometimes known to do.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Akron Half Training: Week 8

Part of me is starting to feel like this training cycle is just... dragging... and will never... end...

So if you were looking for my week 8 recap yesterday- I'm sorry. I wanted to wait until today to post my Week 8 recap... BECAUSE IT'S MY FIRST RUNNERVERSARY!!! A year ago today I started training for my 1st 5k, which is just crazy to think about. I want to do a whole post on my first year of running at some point this week, but I just had to mention it. :)

It was an interesting week. I didn't get every workout in that I wanted to, but the ones I did went really well! Sometimes I judge my week based on the number of workouts I do rather than the quality of the ones I did, and I'm trying not to do that as much. Especially for a half marathon... if I were doing a full, it'd be a different story. The runs and workouts that really matter for this half marathon are going just fine. I'm confident that I'm going to make it across the finish line alive, so that's what really matters.

Schedule-wise, I was completely slammed this week! Work was nuts, I was busy from dawn to dusk all weekend, and my best friend's bridal shower was this week too! I helped the mother-of-the-bride plan it, which was fun, but we both went completely overboard and got pretty stressed about it. I also went to a fire department party and engaged in some shenanigans there, and babysat my nephews!

MOH FTW

I would like to brag about a training 5k that I ran this week, which was 49 seconds faster than my 5k race PR! Yay! I wanted to start pushing the pace a little more, and this run definitely proved that I'm ready for it.

Overall, I'm just ready for training to be over. :)