Well, here we are.
On Sunday me, Aaron, and 4998 other people are going to duke it out over 13.1 miles.
12 weeks ago I set out to complete a half marathon in 1 hour and 45 minutes, never having run more than 6.2 miles at once and after about 3 months of muscle atrophy. This past Sunday, as we were cruising through mile 11, I told Aaron that I remembered that first “long” run (maybe 6 miles), and how I kind of wanted to die 15 minutes in. I am amazed at how much has changed in just 12 short weeks.
I feel kind of silly going through this self-pep talk again since just 2 weeks ago I was preparing for another “first” half marathon, but this race is the one we signed up for in June, and the one that I’ve been looking forward to since then.
Almost 3 and a half years ago Aaron asked me to be his girlfriend and to run a half marathon with him. While it is possible that he made this a requirement to keep me in shape (aka not chubby), this has become an activity that we can get excited about together. Running has been a huge part of Aaron’s life, and he wanted me to be a part of it, and here we are running half marathons together (well, not really together since he is usually more than a mile ahead of me). SIDENOTE: As a trade off, he now has to go to operas 3 times a year, endure Sephora on a regular basis, and he can speak intelligently about Hermes scarfs and Burberry plaid.
So here we head into our final week of training…before our next race (have I mentioned I want to run a full marathon by April and qualify for Boston by the 2013 cut-off in September???).
TRAINING TUESDAY WEEK 12
Saturday: 5 mile run
Sunday: 2 hour run (we stopped at 1 hour and 53 minutes and got in 12 miles)
Monday: Easy 3 mile run, strength training
Tuesday: Interval Training: 1 mile warm-up, 5 sets of alternating quarter mile sprints/quarter mile recovery jogs, 1 mile cool down
Wednesday: Easy 3 mile run, strength training
Thursday: Tempo run: 10 minute warm-up, 10 minutes at half marathon pace, 10 minutes cool down
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Rest Day (LOTS of water and carb load…hello, pasta!)
Sunday: HALF MARATHON DAY!
Here is the rest of the training plan: