OMG! There are less than 60 days until I’m running my first half marathon on the Las Vegas strip. Compared to week 6 where I was struggling to find time to get my runs in my half marathon training for week 7 went great!
Actually, that’s not true. This week was exactly what I needed. I pushed through all my runs. I really let my body start to do it for me. I’m actually thinking this coming Saturday’s 7 miles might not kill me!
- Monday: Rest (Supposed to be Yoga & Strength… it didn’t happen.)
- Tuesday: 4.21 miles outside.
It is still over 100 degrees here, and it’s not a walk in the park running in that heat, but it’s either that or run on the treadmill. I know understand why people call it the dreadmill…
- Wednesday: 2.5 miles + Strength to make up for Monday.
Running was speed work intervals. This is a really fun workout run for me. I love the sprinting.
- Thursday: 4.23 miles outside.
Not as hot as Tuesday, but I had to do it a bit later in the morning and that sun man… Is it Fall yet? I don’t think Las Vegas got the memo.
- Friday: Rest Day
- Saturday: Race Day! Red Rock 5k. 3.25 miles.
- Sunday: Yoga (Supposed to be cardio. I spent the day cleaning though – does that count? LOL!
Total Miles: 14.19
Total Planned Miles: 13.1 (Ironic at my half way mark right??!!)
This was my first “real” 5k and it was a challenge. I thought for sure I’d be just fine until I watched a GoPro video of the course and realized there were WAY more hills than I’m used to. I was a bit nervous, but ready.
I decided that if I finished in under 45 minutes (which is how long it takes me to run pushing 55 extra lbs (25lb BOB plus my 30lb kid!), I’d be happy. I started running great. 5 minutes into the race I was running at an 11 minute mile pace which is fast for me. I think I got caught up in the crowd. Then I hit the first huge hill (like straight up the side of a hill) followed by a long incline. That slowed me down quickly. I felt like I might for a minute have bit off too much, but I just kept repeating to myself “Go your own pace, let your legs do what they know how to do.” I finished in 44.37 according to my bib chip. I forgot to stop my watch right away but that had me at 44:48 and my gps said the course was 3.25 miles. I didn’t stop. I didn’t give up, and I felt like I could have kept going.
Honestly, I felt pretty great after my race. I totally get why people love doing races and am already excited for my next race. I’ve got 4 more weeks until my first 10k race – The Goldilocks 10k which I anticipate will also be pretty hilly and 7 more weeks until the 13.1!
This week I’ve got 18 Miles planned including my 7 miler this Saturday. Fingers crossed this will be another great week!
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