Sunday, November 3, 2013

Week 9

Day 1-Monday Oct 28

This day we ran on the treadmill at the gym. Em had worked the night before so it was a pretty miserable run for her. This run felt good for me, not spectacular, but not bad either. 

3.8 miles in 50 minutes

Day 2- Wednesday Oct 30

We ran outside for this run and it was a beautiful day out. We were able to wear capris and tee-shirts comfortably. We know that the days that we will have the opportunity to dress like this will be limited between now and spring. We'll totally take advantage of these days when they are sprung upon us. This run felt really good!

During our cool down we started talking race strategy. We are going to try a 4:1 run-walk interval during our 30 minute runs this coming week to see how we like it. We're hoping by doing this we will get a little closer to running 10:30-11:00 minute miles. Since this is both of our first half marathons there are questions we have that will take a little research to figure out or just race experience.

2.64 miles in 30 minutes
Total: 4.11 miles in 55:05

Day 3- Saturday Nov 2

We woke up at 7 am on Saturday and were on the road running by 8:15 am. I am used to getting up this early, but since Em is a night shifter she is not. Amazingly we were both wide awake and in super peppy moods :) We're hoping this is how we feel on race day, but I'm sure there will be more nervousness mixed in. Our run took us on a 5 mile loop that ended back at the apartment so that we could take a quick bathroom break and gobble down one of our gel's. After that we headed back out to run the last 4.5 miles. 

Earlier in the week we had ordered these water bottles from Amazon to use on our long runs so that we wouldn't have to worry about stopping for water breaks. They are wonderful and carry just the right amount of water. We kept a pretty good pace considering the long runs aren't supposed to be run at a fast pace at all. One half to three quarters of our last mile was super hilly. Clearly we had never run on/driven on some of the roads we had chosen for our route. We survived and just powered up the hills. We decided that they will only make us more prepared. 

After our run we took a lot of time to stretch, foam roll and ice joints. My knees were tight by the end. I decided to ice not only my knees, but also my ankles and shins. It must of worked because a day later i'm not sore :)

9.5 miles: 1 hour 53 min 46 sec
Total: 10.9 miles in 2 hr 19 min

This was at the top of one of the hill's. This picture does it no justice.

Love this quote. 10 more weeks of training.  

This is my new favorite salad right now. I cut up an entire avocado and put it on a bed of baby spinach and romaine lettuce. I've tried it paired with several different dressings and pretty much anything complements it. 

That's all for now!

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