Saturday was my LSD run. Unfortunately Jessica had to cancel and couldn't join me. So, it was just me and my trusty ipod.
You know I feel a little guilty about bragging about how easy this was. I feel like I should have a long sob story about how tough it was....but great runs don't happen every day....or even every month so I need to brag a little!
I took a route with some good gradual up and down hills which I was a little worried about. But all in all they didn't bother me. I just chugged a long really trying to keep it slow and relaxed. The weather was GREAT! It was overcast, almost like it was going to rain. There was a slight cool breeze which really helped, because though cooler, the humidity was pretty high.
I used my Nathan Fuel Belt which I LOVED. It didn't bounce at all, it sat very comfortable on my hips, and how great that I could stick my ipod in there along with my mid run fuel candies! Part of the reason this run might have been easier than some other runs I have done is because I had water to drink along the way. I drank a sip or two every mile.
The last mile was mostly down hill and I did start to notice a little tightening in my shins and my ankles were a little tired. The only drawback to running this route is that shoulder of the road is pretty slanted and I could tell it was affecting my ankles even from the beginning. Is is normal to get a little tight on the last mile?? Mentally I wasn't tired, I just felt like my body was ready to slow down or stop.
So another week down on my half marathon training. This is week 6, 4 more weeks to go.
This is my plan for this week:
Today-4 mile easy
Tuesday - rest
Wednesday - 6 miles with 4 miles at tempo pace (Didn't have the best tempo run last week so I am hoping to redeem myself)
Thursday - rest
Friday - 4 easy
Saturday - 8 mile LSD
Sunday - P90x Yoga
And I thought I would share my make shift training chart, (I also keep track of my miles on Runners World and Daily Mile) but here is my hard copy.
So all in all a BIG WOO HOO on my first 8 mile run!