I promise, this is the last time I will blog about this race! Obviously, it's been pretty consuming--in a good way. Just a few more things I want to process, and then I'm moving on!
I realized through this process that there is a lot of science and wisdom behind training schedules. As I've said before, this was the first time I'd followed a training schedule. For my birthday in June, Bean got me a subscription to Runner's World. One of the first issues I got was all about Half Marathon's. One article had several training schedules based on specific time goals. I chose to do the training schedule for a two-hour half. I felt that it was good goal because my typical pace was similar what I run.
I feel like the training schedule played a huge part in my ultimate time. I knew from my speed days and tempo runs that I could run 8 and 9 minute miles. I learned what my body felt like at different paces, which helped me gauge where I was at during the race. Especially after I did my 13 mile training run. It wasn't the greatest run and so I knew I could finish the half marathon in less time.
I haven't been able to run all week though, which has killed me! My toe is very tender and I haven't want to subject it to shoes yet. I think I may give it a try tomorrow. My body and soul are aching to run. I miss sweating. This experience makes me thankful I haven't sustained any major injuries while running.
Up next, I want to keep running but also work on strength and toning. This takes much more discipline for me. I have a three month membership to 24-Hour fitness that I can activate at any time. I also have several boot camp sessions I've bought at major discounts, so those will help too. I think strengthening my upper body and core will help me perform better in running--and feel better too!
Miss Rose is dying to play some computer games, so I'm done here for now!