It's time for Training Tuesday! Link up here and grab a button, if you want. :)
Get ready, friends. This was not my best week of training.
Workouts this week:
Tuesday: Intervals! Makes it go by super fast.
Wednesday: Rest day
Thursday: Two miles, supah fast.
Friday: Unintentional rest day.
Saturday: Unintentional rest day.
Sunday: Lamest worst run of my life.
Monday: Unintentional rest day. Again. Whoops.
Pits of the week:
Check out all those rest days. Dang. I missed a run and then my long run was so, so bad. It was supposed to be 12 miles. I made it 7.5 and then called Pat and made him pick me up. I think there were a lot of reasons -- I went camping the night before and then volunteered early, meaning broken up/not so great sleep, I probably wasn't hydrated enough, it was 80 degrees out and I was sweating more than I've ever sweated before. There were a lot of reasons, but none of them are excuses. I should have run all my scheduled runs and I should have finished my dang long run.
I swear I even thought about the prospect of having to write this. I thought about my dang list of goals and the Forever Fitness Challenge ladies and the fact that not finishing my run technically meant I wasn't going to meet all my goals. But I just couldn't fathom running for another freaking HOUR. So I stopped.
A lot of training plans stop at 10 miles. When I was looking into training plans, I was like, that's dumb. I have time, I'll go up to 12 and that way I'll know I'm super ready.
But I think there's a reason. I've already done 11 miles. I knew I'd be able to finish the run if it had been race day. So now my motivation to run 12 is suddenly... not there.
Hopefully this didn't screw me up for race day. I don't think it did, but there will be doubt in the back of my mind, I'm sure.
Peaks of the week:
On to happier topics.
I am now two weeks out from my race -- less than, even. And I know a lot of you all have done longer races before.
So the question this week is -- what advice do you have for a first-time half runner?
One thing I've been wondering about is what I should tell my family + Pat to do. Where do you like to have your supporters stand?
Do they usually pick a spot and stay put or do they move ahead and wait for you somewhere else?
Other than that, is there anything else I should know? Anything you wish you knew before your first half? Anything I should expect?
I started my running life long ago (okay, not really) by asking for advice. It feels significant somehow to ask for it again.
So who out there has run a half marathon? What do you remember from your first race? What should I know going in? Thanks in advance, loves!