On May 1st, I'll be running in my second ever 1/2 marathon. That's 13.1 miles. I feel like I have learned so much more than the first time around, and yet, my training isn't going as I would like it or have expected.
Injury is one of those things that takes a while to come back from, and after my first 13.1, I found myself with an inflamed achilleas tendon and extreme hip pain. I have barely run since.
Now, almost 10 years later, I am very cognizant of every little pain. I may be resting a little more than I should, but the fear of not being able to run or finish this race keeps telling my brain to take it easy and not get injured.
My longest run has been 6.89 miles, and that was 2 weeks ago. This weekend I did a 5 mile run with my pup, Bear.
We ran on the Hammond Trail down to on of the coastal trails to the mouth of the Mad River. While it was amazing, my speed was extremely slow. This may seem like an excuse, but seriously, my poor pup is a little too fat, and I had to slow to a walk many times for him. It means I need to take him out more.
With less than 2 months to judgement day, here is my plan to get those miles in, and be as prepared as I can be.
3/19 - 6-7 miles
3/26 - 7-8 miles
4/2 - 9 miles
4/9 - 10 miles
4/16 - 11 miles
4/23 - 12 miles
4/30 - rest
Each week, along with these long runs, I also need to get a minimum of 2-3 smaller runs - 3-5 miles each. It's go time, folks. Time to buckle down.