11 Days Left!

Well, it’s a little late to be writing my training plan for the week, given that we’re two days in, but here goes nothing! Though my shins held up (for the most part), the 11 mile long run totally kicked my butt. I cannot even imagine running 2.1 more miles…when I finished the run on Sunday I couldn’t even imagine taking one more step. 2.1 more miles. 11 days.

Here’s the rundown of the past training week:

Monday – 15 minutes of cardio (running machine) + ab/core work

Tuesday – 30 minutes of cardio (running machine) + TRX & Kettlebell Class; Decided that I planned to take four days off for a reason, why push it with extra cardio. Just rest (and strength train)…I think it was the right call.

Wednesday – 3 mile run, totally technology-free. My phone briefly died (it’s since been brought back to life) and my Garmin was not charged. So, for the first time ever I ran technology free outside. I solved all of the problems of the world, in case you were wondering.

Thursday – 5 mile run @ race pace. Slightly faster than race pace and felt great. It was going to rain, so I ran very close to home but just up and down the different side streets. The Nike+ Run Club map is highly entertaining

Friday – 3 mile run, terribly slow. I can only blame it on the fact that I didn’t feel well at all, but couldn’t justify skipping a run because of a cold. I did, however, justify postponing strength training…

Saturday – Rest! + arms/abs strength training

Sunday – 15 minute pre-run yoga + 11 mile awful, awful, awful run

In terms of the long run, I was nervous all day. I’ve never been nervous before a long run before, and it’s really not that serious, but being a ball of nerves was not my favorite way to start a run. Then, at 1.99 miles I twisted my left ankle trying to maneuver around some college kids at a stop light. I immediately stopped running, called my mom crying, and as the pain started to fade, decided to keep running. Continued running, but instead of my usual loop I decided to see just how far away from my house 11 miles is…which means that I didn’t have a water plan in place. It was only going to be 70-ish degrees outside, and it would only be 2 hours…wrong move. I can only assume that I was very, very dehydrated, but I was absolutely going to puke for the last two miles and as soon as my NRC app said 11 miles, I collapsed on the side of the road and did not move until Zack arrived to pick me up. I drank all the water, but still continued to feel like crap the rest of the day.

Now, I know there will be water stations during the actual half, and again it’s not that serious, but I cannot decide if I want to chance it with my legs and run a 12 mile long run this Sunday (mostly so this shitty run is not my last long run before the race). My tentative plan is to see how my three normal runs this week go, and either stick to the 12-miler plan or bail and just get through the half. We shall see. I also have to be at work until 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, and I leave for Buffalo on Friday, so this entire plan may or may not get thrown out the window 😉

Week Twelve! (Adapted: Hal Higdon Half Marathon Novice 2 Program)

Monday – Rest!

Tuesday – Rest! + TRX & Kettlebell Class

Wednesday – 3 mile run

Thursday – 5 mile run

Friday – 3 mile run

Saturday – Rest!

Sunday – 12 mile run

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2 thoughts on “11 Days Left!

  1. If you have 11 days left, I would say skip the 12 mile run (and maybe do a fast 6-7 mile run), because you have enough mileage in your tank. If you can run 10 miles then you can do 13.1. Plus, you should have at least a week of tapering so your body can recover a bit. Good luck!!!

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