Running 4 more miles tonight won’t make you a better runner.
It’ll make you more tired. Your body needs rest!
That was a quote from Steve tonight when I told him I was going to go out and run more tonight.. after we had already run 5 miles in 32 degree celcius heat! He couldn’t be more right either. Since this is supposed to be my taper week. I ran on Monday night, walked last night and ran tonight. Tomorrow I’ll be going to the gym with Future MIL and I have no idea what Friday holds for me. Apologies for not updating my exercise this week, I have just been flying by the seat of my pants because I really didn’t know how I would feel pre-half marathon.
I have to say. Training for this half (that is on Saturday! eek!) has taught me a LOT!
- It has taught me that my body won’t go as far as I want it to some days but other days it will carry me many many miles.
- It has taught me that eating a meal and then going running two hours later can be painful…very painful and leave me puking at the side of the road (……almost!!!).
- It has taught me that I can be too hard on myself and I need to remind myself how much I ENJOY running from time to time.
- Rest days are a MUST!
- Water is a MUST during long runs. I can’t wait to have a water station every three miles this weekend.
I have not set a goal time. Well, I have a little I suppose… i’d like to finish in 2 hrs 10 minutes, or under – which I think is a reasonable goal for my first half marathon. That is approx 10 minutes per mile, which I think is great for such a long distance. If I come in under this goal, great – if not then i’m fine with that, for real. I’m not doing this race to make myself feel like crap for not completing it in ‘x’ amount of time. At the moment i’d just like to finish. It’ll feel good!! I never actually thought i’d be running a distance like this. I am so so excited.
I’ve got no idea what i’ll have to eat the morning of the race. I made a huge mistake the other night of trying to run a long distance 2 hrs after eating dinner. Either a) my dinner was too big, or b) I didn’t let it digest enough but I was seriously ill 25 minutes into my run. I went to bed feeling ill, I woke up feeling ill. Strange eh? I’m thinking some toast with peanut butter might be a good pre-run breakfast. But, I really don’t know. Any advice???
This is just the start of my lessons that i’ve learned throughout the last 5 weeks. I plan on posting some more ‘ah-HA!’ moments I’ve had!
In other news i’ve been extremely busy this week.. hence the lack of posts!! The end of the school year is near though, I couldn’t be more excited. It is so bittersweet though because I will miss my class so much! After teaching them for two years it’s going to be sad to say goodbye! I hope they come and visit me next year.
Breakfasts this week have consisted of green smoothies. I can’t get enough of them in this heat. I’ve also been living on fruit and salads for snacks and lunches. I just love the fresh produce in the summer. They’ve also been helping me with my raw transition (however I didn’t want to go ‘high raw’ until after my half marathon!).
We spent some time with our niece Emily last night… here are some highlights of the night!
I’ve got some work to do. Enjoy the rest of your evening!