Half Marathon Training Week #8

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Lost you there for a bit huh? To be honest, I stopped training for about three weeks so I didn’t really have anything to report. I did run a 5k though! I’m not going to get in the reasons for my three week break. Let’s just say it was necessary and didn’t end how I wanted it to. Emotionally I threw myself back into running this week and I’m ready to go.

Luckily this week was a “recovery week” for me so my runs during the week were three miles each. I hit up the treadmill for these and was able to knock them out pretty consistently.

My long run this week was supposed to be 7.5 miles since it was a recovery week. Unfortunately I had missed the 8, 9 and 10 mile runs so I decided to make it a 10 mile run since I wasn’t really recovering from anything.

The last time I ran further than 7.5 miles was October 26th and my first half marathon. Needless to say I had myself pretty psyched out for it.

All was right with the world though and I pulled it off. Throughout my run I decided I wasn’t going to check my pace at all. My watch beeped every mile so I had an idea of how far I was going but since I’m pretty out of shape in the long runs I didn’t want to try and push for a certain pace.

I’m running in a newer area to me and there are a number of hills so I knew that would make a big difference on my pace as well. Ultimately I’d like to hit this half marathon around a 9 minute mile so I was pretty excited when I realized that I had an 8:51 pace!

It was 37 degrees outside so not quite warm enough for short sleeves. I rocked the long pants and my favorite Nike Element jacket. In the shade I was just right in the sun it was a little hot.

Funny story, the gloves on the left were given out for free by Daves Running at the Smoke the Turkey 5k. They have become my favorite running gloves! I’m sure they’re pretty cheaply made but I would love another couple pairs of them! I will be sad if I ever lose them!

Not pictured is my GU Chomps which is what I think I’m going to fuel with for this race. Enough with the GU packets, the Salted Caramel was just so gross!

How was your run this weekend? Do you have a favorite pair of running gloves?

 

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