It seems like it has been a while since I last posted about my training for my first half marathon, and maybe that is because I am posting about day 4, rather than day 3. Hmmmm, what happened. Well unfortunately life happened over the weekend and I had to miss one of my training sessions. I decided that instead of completing day 3, I would just move on to day 4, and I am glad because today turned out to be one of my best runs yet. Read on to find out more.
This past weekend I was physically exhausted. I was so tired that I could actually barely move. There is no doubt that I have been training hard the last few weeks, and ultimately I think it caught up with me. The double training days that included Turbo jam and P90X, and then running mixed in knocked me sideways, so I decided to take the weekend off so that I could completely recover, and it paid off.
It was cold outside this morning, but the training schedule called for me to go on a brisk 2 mile run today. I gathered my gear together, including my Injinji compression socks (review later) and my GU Energy Gel (another review later) and I headed to the track. I arrived and and found that there was no one else there. Everyone else was being sensible by deciding to stay at home in the warm, but that was okay with me, because it meant I had the track to myself.
I really wanted to pus myself a little harder than normal today, and it paid off. I registered my fastest mile ever, 10m:11s and ended up doing the full two miles in 21 minutes. This is a huge improvement for me, and by the end of the two miles, I honestly felt like I had much more energy left in the tank. If I had carried on with at that pace, I would have hit a time of 31 minutes for a 5K, and that would have been 4 minutes faster then my personal best for that distance, so I definitely know my pace is improving.
Tomorrow the schedule calls for a rest or CT (cross training) day, so I think I will do either P90X or Turbo Jam (but not both, those days are over) and I will then do the scheduled run on Thursday morning, which is a 3 mile run. I am really looking forward to it, and I am optimistic about my chances of beating my PB time for that distance.
Thanks for everyone’s continued support.