My half marathon is in 4 weeks…and I’m getting a little nervous. This week’s long run was supposed to be 10 miles, but after the injury flare-up I cut it down to 8. So if I keep up a reasonable long-run progression, that leaves me with a 9-9.5 miler, a 10-11 miler, and an 11-12 miler before the half. Not my ideal plan – I’d rather get in at least one 13 miler or more, but I guess this will have to do! I’d rather keep it a little shorter and make it to race day on a working foot.
Today’s run was rougher than I expected. Hot weather made the first half drag by and I was pretty worried about making it the entire 8 miles. I was struggling to stick to 8 min pace, which eroded my confidence a bit. However, the run improved immensely once the sun went down and I did have some help during the early rough patches – my sister and MountainMan rode along on their bikes and provided some extremely welcome distraction from the heat. They also got the awesome experience of practicing their water-bottle handoffs 😉
Feeling thoroughly dehydrated now, but happy to report that the foot felt good the entire time and I had enough left at the end to push the last 2 miles at race pace. Proceeding cautiously but things are looking up!