I know I am a bit late in posting last weeks training. We had a busy weekend and there just wasn't time. I know you were waiting on pins and needles to see how my training went for this week…right?!
Here's how things went:
As you may remember, my IT band was acting up after my 8.5 mile run the week before (Week 2). I wanted to take it easy but still get some miles in this week. I started off with a simple 2.25 mile run this week. I really wanted to get all three runs in this week, so I felt that I needed to modify them in order to accomplish that goal.
My second run of the week, I ran 3.2 miles. I completed my strength training as well as the Physical Therapy for my IT band. On Friday, I was able to complete my long run of 9 miles. Let me say, it wasn't pretty, but I did finish the full 9 miles! I am actually really proud of myself for finishing the full 9 miles. It was hot and my IT band was getting irritated. I really thought about calling Mr. T to pick me up. While debating what to do, I knew that I would be really disappointed with myself if I didn't finish the 9 miles. I let my pace fly out the window and decided the miles and being able to say I did it were more important. I walked a bunch to keep my IT band a bit more happy. You know what? It worked! I finished the 9 miles in 1:30 with a pace of 10 minutes per mile. For me, that is about one to one and a half minutes slower than my normal pace. I am still very happy with that run! I did it and I got the miles in that I wanted to get in. My IT band was a bit irritated following the run, but two days later, not so much. So, my walking a bunch at the end really helped me not flare up.
I didn't get in any speed training this week. It is something I am going to have to figure out. At the moment, I don't think I can go for the distance and the speed at the same time if I want my body to do what I am asking it to do. Right now, my decision is to go for the miles over the speed. As I get further into the training, I am sure I will modify my plan and figure out how to add some speed training. I am really working for finishing this half marathon in under two hours.
I ran 9 miles this week! Doesn't that just sound neat to say…or is that just me? I find it impressive.
Here's hoping this week is as successful! Happy Running to you!
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