While I was away, I was not just resting on my laurels. I did complete my 8 mile long run two weekends ago, as scheduled. It was an amazing experience.
My hubby came along with me, but felt pain in his shins around 2.75 miles. He urged me to go on without him while he limped along behind. I had let him set the pace for the first two miles, but when I left him, I increased my pace drastically. I set off for the third and fourth miles at a comfortable pace, but as I turned around to head back to the truck, I felt an overwhelming urge to catch up with the hubster and finish my miles with him. As a result, I was chasing him for the rest of my run.
Holy pace increase! Can I tell you how sore I was for the rest of the evening? It involved a warm bath and an ice pack in bed. But it was well worth it. I returned to the truck just two minutes after hubby, who had completed 6 miles. So proud of him!
I did mention in my recent return post that I skipped my run this past weekend. Thankfully, Hal Higdon's plan only wanted me to do a 5K Race this weekend, so I only missed out on 3.1 miles. I would add it into my training this week, but I am afraid to increase my mileage too quickly and risk injury.
I think the best way to proceed is to dismiss this last weekend as a bump in the road on my way to my first half. I already hopped back on the horse by running 3.5 miles at an increased pace Monday evening. As such, I think I can add another goal to my half-marathon wish list:
- 1st Goal: Complete the Half-Marathon strong.
- 2nd Goal: Complete the Half-Marathon in my original goal pace of 2:15.
- 3rd Goal: Complete the Half-Marathon in under 2 hours.