The Nike Women’s Half Marathon is this weekend and it is my first half marathon back to distance running since Boston Marathon 2012 and my hip overuse problem. Since my injury, I had fallen in love with classes and was unsure that I would find my passion for running again. I am happy to say that over the past 12 weeks, I have slowly been finding that love for hitting the pavement again.
Unfortunately after my last long run of 11 miles, I started to feel under the weather. I remembered that I typically got sick around taper time for races. I only ran once last week and skipped my long run this weekend to make sure I get well rested. Taking too many rest days freaks me out but I know that I have worked hard leading up to this point. A week or 2 off won’t make or break my training and I will still be able to finish the race. Making sure I’m in top health for race day is more important than getting in some miles and getting more sick!
Overall my training has been going pretty well but has been quite different from training that I have done in my past running history.
Here is how my training has been different…
My weeks consisted of both 3-4 classes a week and 3-4 runs per week. I often paired a cross-training day with a run. I’ll go into more detail of how my weeks went in a future post, but for the short version–incorporating these classes helped me prevent injury. Here are some classes and studios I found myself going to quite frequently:
Don’t worry! I planned my weeks carefully so that I didn’t have a really difficult class day followed by a really difficult run day. I hope to still incorporate at least 3 classes a week in my next training program but may try to enforce that one of those classes be yoga.
Although I always modify my plans, I winged this training plan more than I typically do. I planned my runs around the classes I really wanted to get to that week. I don’t suggest doing that, but that is what I ended up doing because I have fallen in love with classes!
For my next race, I am going to enforce that I try to fit classes into my running schedule.
No Strict Pace Goals
I had a goal time I was training for in almost all of my races in the past. I would love to get around a 9:30 pace for this race but 10 may be more realistic. My ultimate goal throughout this training was to be able to finish the race and running (versus walking) as much of it as I can. I have heard that the hills are a bit rough so there may be a time I might have to walk and I will have to be okay with that.
Nike Women’s Half Marathon…here I come!