Ummmm, I sort of dropped the ball on blogging about my half marathon training. I’m going to say it was because I was having way too much fun!! School’s out, we have already had our first road trip, we celebrated a 14th birthday, had company and squeezed in a whole bunch of memory making!
My last summary was for week 2 and well, I will finish week 5 tomorrow with a rest day. I’m not a fortune teller but I’m pretty sure I can handle a rest day like a pro! As for the other 21 days, I’ll give the Cliffs Notes version.
I’ve basically been a really good little runner and have been completing MOST of my training as planned. I run four times a week – three shorter runs of 3 to 5 km each and one long run that increases by 1 km each week (14 km this morning!) I have been faithful with my yoga practice and have been stretching a lot as well as using the foam roller. Foam rolling is totally not fun but the results are undeniable, so I make sure to get it in a couple times a week. I try to remember to add in some core work at least once a week and will admit that I have been avoiding cross training as biking is HARD! I need to get on this one!! WAIT! Does playing around in the pool trying to keep up with your children who can actually swim count as cross training? If so, I totally fulfilled my cross training schedule while on vacation!
The big point of interest in all this training is that I have been training with my 14 year old daughter and she has been awesome. I decided that our runs together would be at her pace and I would offer running advice but really just want to enjoy the time with her. She accompanies me on most of my shorter runs and SHE IS FAST! I have discovered that pacing yourself is not something young teens are found of. We were either going at a good clip, regardless of the terrain or walking at a snails pace. I am not the experienced runner coaching her, as I expected, but rather she is the young and naturally fast runner who pushes me with some great interval training – even though she doesn’t know anything about it. I am shocked when I go out solo at how easy it has become to keep paces I thought were months of training away. A month ago, a 5 km in under 30 minutes would have been hard work and barely attainable – it’s now the norm. SHE IS AWESOME!
The coolest thing that happened lately is that she ran her first 5 km race last weekend. It was absolutely the coolest race moment I have ever had. Crossing the finish line with your child is freaking amazing. I’ll be sure to share all the race details soon!
I guess that gets us all caught up. Awesome race, consistent training, increasing long runs – all is good! I am still struggling a bit with keeping hydrated and finding nutrition solutions that work for me on long runs but I have faith that it’ll all work out soon. Some of the options were immediately ruled out by my stomach and others seem to be tolerable in particular situations. I just need to find a way to get enough in so I stop crashing at the end of the long runs!
All in all, training and life is awesome right now! Summer vacation rocks!