This week has really been great in terms of running. I've hard a hard time getting my dog to run consistently with me (and there is nothing worse than carrying a bag of poop for three miles) but even with that all of my runs this week were better than expected.
I was definitely focusing more on consistency over speed. Even though I felt like I was going slower than I should, I wanted to make sure I knew I could comfortably run the distance before I even thought about time.
I was thrilled when I ran my four mile "long" run without stopping. I'm sure at some point in my life I have run four miles (flashbacks to some painful high school lacrosse practices) but I do not think I've run four miles just for fun. I was also very proud of my pacing and managed to stay consistent the first two miles. The third mile had two steep hills and one long hill so naturally it took a little longer but I managed to get back on track for the fourth so I'm thrilled.
It may have been because of all my new gear, or because I was running in the daylight for the first time in weeks, or because I decided to leave the dog at home, but this run made me feel really good about the whole decision to run this half marathon.
Oh, by the way, we have decided to do a different half marathon which is a week later than planned. This just means I went from 10 weeks of training to 11. Not a huge difference but I think I will just repeat the first week so I can really build a strong base before I start getting into bigger numbers.