Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ten miles down; Two weeks to go...

Humidity is my enemy. This is especially true when you are trying to complete a 10 mile training run.

Before I get into the training run this morning I'm going bring everyone up to speed:
My half-marathon is in 2 weeks and 10 miles is the farthest distance I have completed during training since my injury. I know I'm not going into the half with my body fully conditioned. But, unlike most of the runners that will be there, this is my first half-marathon and my goal is just to finish it before they start taking down the signs.
I read an article that said if you can complete two thirds of your race distance during training, then you will be able to complete the full race distance at the event. This is the philosophy behind many of the marathon training plans that don't take you past 18-20 miles for your long runs. So with that in mind, I felt ok only going up to 10 miles before my half (when I do my race recap in a few weeks I'll let you know if this philosophy is sound or not).

Back to this morning's 10 mile training run:
My morning training run started at 6:30am. At (approximately) mile 3.5 my friend and her daughter joined me for 2+ miles. After they left I continued for the remainder of the 10 miles. Confession: I had to walk a lot. The humidity was out of control and I felt dehydrated from mile 3.

Thanks to my insulated water bottle (that I left in the freezer overnight) I could only take advantage of a small trickle of water at a time (which makes me even more thirsty!). I have been hydrating all week but I clearly am not drinking enough so I will need to increase my water intake during the upcoming two weeks.

I had to "power-walk" the last two miles because my legs started to cramp and my left knee (even with the brace) was throbbing

I had some nice scenery during my "power-walk" period...

Once I completed the 10 miles I thought I was going to collapse. I tried my best to do a "cool-down" walk but it was hard stay upright. My overall average pace (mins/mile) was a lot slower than usual but I didn't expect anything else considering how much walking I had to do...

I'm icing my left knee now (as I type) and will be icing both knees on and off throughout the day (my left knee is the injured one but I don't want my right knee to feel left out so I ice it also). Even though I was outside of my min/mile pace zone (12-14 mins/mile is what I want to maintain in preparation for the half), I know that...

And guess what?! Tomorrow is my REST DAY!!!!!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Please send me your half-marathon tips! Also, what was your worst training run ever?

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