I had some sore knees after my 10 mile long run, but I really do notice a big difference when I take the glucosamine. I didn't run quite as far or long during my runs this week, as planned, and that was a nice break. I went up to a new interval: run 11 min/walk 1 min. I'll take 1 minute walk breaks during the actual half marathon race, so I'm glad to start practicing them. It felt pretty good this week, but man it's quick! Ha. I thought back to the first couple weeks of training when I took 3-4 min walk breaks and how much I've improved now. So exciting! I was really glad my long run this week was "just" 6 miles. I was out of town on a retreat with my church, so I was glad to not have to find a path to run 10+ miles. 6 was way easier to navigate that Saturday morning!
My STATS for this week's training:
(all runs on run 11 min/walk 1 min interval)40 min run / 3.70 miles / 40:06 / 10:50 AP
40 min run / 4 miles / 40:19 / 10:04 AP
30 min run (I pushed to 31:24 to get 3 miles in) / 3 miles / 31:24 / 10:26 AP
Long Run: 6 miles / 1:02:20 / 10:22 AP (group run on Women's Retreat)
What was hard this week?
Knee pain. I was also thinking back to how improved my feet/arch pain is. I'm so thankful for that!! Stretching, rolling, and appropriate shoes and inserts does wonders!!
What was easy this week?
My 6 mile long run felt good. I ran with a girl from church I'd never met before and enjoyed getting to chat her ear off. I didn't sleep good that night before, so I felt tired around mile 4, but I've felt worse. Ha!
Any aches or pains?
Just knees. I also get side stitches sometimes, but I'm getting better at getting rid of them! I read an article about exhaling when your opposite foot hits the ground and that's been working. I also try to make sure I have good running posture for proper air flow. Sounds silly, but so important!
I've started thinking through how to fuel during the race. I'll be practicing with Jelly Belly sport beans this week on my 11 mile long run. I'll let you know how they do!