Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

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!