Wow...does that say week 12? There are only 19 weeks in the training guide, that means there are only 7 more weeks of training, well technically 6 weeks considering the week after the race is included in the training schedule as well. That means there are 6 weeks until the big race weekend. 6 weeks until I get to run through the castle at Disneyland. 6 weeks until I can hopefully get my Coast to Coast medal to top off an incredible year of running at Disney.
Less than 6 weeks, that's 37 days, until 22.4 miles.
Oh boy...let's get to the training!
Tuesday: 30 minute run
Thursday: 30 minute run
Saturday: Walk 3 miles
Sunday: 11 mile run
So if you remember last week I wrote about how I FINALLY got out for a Tuesday run and I was so thrilled with it? Well chalk up #2 Tuesday successful run! I got out in the morning on Tuesday and knocked out my run. It was a little bit longer than 30 minutes, but I wanted to stomp the last hill I had leading back to my office. It felt GREAT! The route is peaceful and there are tons of runners out along with me, so it's just a nice time and place to be running. I was loving it!
Thursday's run was pretty much like Tuesday. I got out in the morning before work and stomped out my run. It was a bit slower than Tuesday, but I was feeling good and strong. My stride was feeling good and my breathing was on point. It was just a good run overall.
Saturday comes and I have a running date with some lovely running ladies. They had invited me to run 6 miles, which is great because I'm ramping up my mileage from not running at all. So I felt that jumping right into 11 miles was not a good idea, too many options of injury with that. So I took the 6 miles instead with the ladies. The run was good for the most part, I only felt a bit of fatigue after some hill climbs, but other than that my legs felt strong and my breathing was good. When we were about 1/3 mile away from the finish, I don't know what happened, but all of a sudden my afterburners kicked on and my speed picked up and strides got a bit longer. I could hear that I was leaving the ladies in the dust behind me, I'm not sure why I did that, but I guess I was working on my "finishing strong for races" stride. :) I made no conscious decision to pick up the pace at that time, but I ended up doing it and felt good when I finished.
The crazy thing about my running on Saturday, is that I had no leg pain or stiffness later on Saturday or on Sunday. My legs felt good, almost fresh, like I could go for another 6 miles without much refuting from my legs or hips. This is a GOOD sign! I'm guessing the consistency in running during the week is helping to condition my legs and I'm LOVING it!
Sunday, well yeah, I didn't run. I probably could have as my legs were feeling good enough to do so, not to mention I had completely forgotten this was a back to back running weekend (d'oh!). So from now on until race weekend, every weekend will have back to back running days. I have to condition them somehow, might as well start now. A little late, even.
Well that is my training for this week and I am anxiously anticipating the arrival of Disneyland Half Marathon weekend! I can't wait for this! It will be a grueling weekend of running, no doubt, but it will also be a fun whirlwind trip of seeing my running buddies from around the country. These weekends are always a treat and always end far too soon. But until then, I'll just keep training along and getting ready for the Dumbo Double Dare!
Now it's your turn: How is your training going? Anyone else joining me for the inaugural Dumbo Double Dare challenge?