Well, the first two weeks of half marathon training are complete! I've been in a steady groove for a few months now, but mentally, I like knowing that from here on out, all of my runs are preparing me for something. It's so much better when you have a goal to work towards. I am using Runkeeper to track my runs and for the most part, I really like it. I have it at my fingertips on my phone and can also log into the website to look at my logged activities as well.
My runs are feeling great and Saturday's five miler was the first time I felt like I had to push myself a little bit harder. It was a great feeling! I have a feeling that seven and eight miles will feel like a huge accomplishment in a couple of weeks. The weather continues to be H-O-T here in Charlotte, and as the miles go up, I'm looking forward to come crisp air! I try not to pay attention to my pace too much while I'm running, but every mile or so, Runkeeper likes to let me know how I'm doing. Here's what the past two weeks looked like:
|1||3 miles (3.22 miles, 9:54)||Rest||3 miles (3.28 miles, 9:38)||Rest||3 miles (4.00 miles, 9:38)||4 miles (4 mile hike in Boone!)||4 miles (3.26 miles, 9:36)||13.76 miles|
|2||3 miles (3.23 miles, 9:57)||Rest||4 miles (4.17 miles, 9:49)||Rest||3 miles (3.11 miles, 9:08)||5 miles (5.02 miles, 9:04)||Rest||15.71miles|
We spent last weekend in Boone for a wedding, so I flip flopped my longer run and did it on Sunday when we got home. Speaking of our trip to Boone, Mark ran his first full half marathon while we were up there! It was a last minute decision, but it was so exciting. He had 12 miles on his training schedule for the weekend and was truly dreading a 12 mile run on Sunday evening when we got home. The Triple Crown High Country Half Marathon just happened to be last weekend and he decided to go for it. He signed up the morning of the race and finished in 1 hour and 57 minutes! I couldn't be more proud!