Half Marathon Training Weeks 7 & 8

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Given the events of the past week I didn't really think about my training recap so the past two weeks are just going to get lumped together as one.

To be quite honest I can't remember much about the runs during the week.  Generally nothing eventful happens while just running around my neighborhood.  On Saturday  we went into Boston to see the Red Sox so we put our long run off until Sunday.  I ate way too many burgers/beers/bar foods on Saturday but I at least learned how NOT to prepare for an 11 mile run.  My body actually held up pretty well but around mile ten it started getting angry.  Not only did I eat all of that crap, but we had also been out in the sun all day so I was pretty dehydrated.  A lesson learned.

The only way to describe my runs this week is distracted.  I didn't sleep well for the entire week and when it came time to do four miles on Friday I just knew it wasn't going to happen.  I had been streaming the news on my phone at work all day and I was too anxious to leave the house.  I did attempt to get out but after half a mile with the dog I just decided to cut my losses and head back home.

Fortunately, cutting it short on Friday left me with a lot of energy for Saturday.  We had 12 miles to do and I actually really enjoyed myself!  We ran strong (for us) and kept an almost perfectly consistant pace.  It was nice and cool out which I can't really count on for the race, but I think we will be able to accomplish the race at the goal pace we set for ourselves.  More importantly, Saturday marked the end of our peak week.  I don't know if I really get to enjoy it as much because I didn't get one of my runs done but I feel VERY accomplished!

To reward myself I bought this:
My phone has been very good to me so far but it has been getting increasingly more unreliable.  There is nothing worse than knowing you ran 12 miles only to have your phone tell you you only did 11.5.  As it gets warmer out I'm also having a harder time bringing my phone out with me.  I think this will be a good investment for my future running.  

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