eight down, four to go
Can’t believe it’s April already but the countdown has begun because I have a little less than 4 weeks left. As if running wasn’t hard enough I’m currently traveling for work so that’s making even tougher to get my runs in. This past week I actually woke up early to run. As in the first thing in the morning, as in wake up to go to the gym… to run. Who am I? Ok, I’ll stop being dramatic but I’ve never done that and to be honest I didn’t like it. I felt weak during the run and I really struggled to get through it. Granted I ran on the treadmill so I’m not sure if it would be different if I ran outdoors. This is mostly because work has been so exhausting lately that I don’t have much energy to do much of anything by the end of the work day, let alone run. This upcoming week unfortunately is not looking any better; but I’m trying, I am… I really am. I’m shooting for running at least 4 times a week so let’s see how that goes.
Week 8 is designed as the “maintain fitness” week. I ran a total of 22.33 miles and my average pace was 9:44. My longest run this week was 11 miles. During my long run this week I took a Gu Energy Gel around mile 7. Kenne gave it to me, it was the “Espresso Love” flavor, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Honestly I don’t know if I needed it, that morning I ate oatmeal and I think it was enough to fuel my run. I just need to figure out what works best for me so I’ll know what to do on race day. I know I still have about 4 more weeks left but I feel ready. This being my first half-marathon I don’t have any major expectations, I just want to finish and my training so far has given me the confidence to know I can do it.