4-24-11: Half Marathon training is officially underway!
My longest run during training for this race won’t be as long as I would have liked, only 9 miles, but that’s okay. It’s not my first half marathon, and I’ve been running a few times a week, so I think I’ll be fine. For my first half marathon, I ended up doing my longest run of 11 miles a couple of weeks before race day, and I somehow got hurt a few days after that long run, and didn’t have enough time to recover for race day. I ran my first BIG race HURT. I had trained for such a long time that I didn’t want to not do the race. In the end I was glad I ran that race. What did I learn from all of this?
1. Go slow…. don’t try to do too much too fast. Lots of half marathon training programs have you do your last long run of 9 miles, but I wanted to make sure I was ultra ready and went for 11 miles. Maybe I wouldn’t have gotten hurt if I hadn’t done so much.
2. Give yourself at least a couple weeks from last long run to the race day to ensure your legs are well rested and most importantly, NOT hurt! Short runs are okay during the 2 weeks before the race though.
Anyway, here’s my training schedule for the rest of the month and May before my race. I did do my 5 miles today which I’m very proud of. My knee was super sore, but at least it did not hurt to the point where I couldn’t run anymore.
Today’s running partner was my girl Riley. She’s soooo tired now: