Fall Half-Marathon Training Update #2

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It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end and that in just a couple of weeks it will Labor Day weekend.  That also means we are only a couple of months away from the fall racing season!  I signed up for the Maine Half-Marathon and the B.A.A. Half-Marathon.  In June I started building my base and then in July I started increasing my mileage for long runs and added in some speed work.  Everything was humming along perfectly…until it wasn’t.

I started feeling really tired on my runs, my legs weren’t recovering and a 4 mile run would wipe me out.  I knew I was getting sick so I thought I’d get a head of it, take a few days off and rest.  Well that sickness turned out to be a summer cold.  I was down and out with a stuffy nose, a headache and a cough.  To add to it we were traveling for vacation and I definitely didn’t want to sit still and get extra rest.  We are finally back home and settling in to our routines again…3 weeks later.

I headed out this week and got in a 4 mile run and on Friday I was able to get in an 8 mile long run.  While I was happy to be back out running and getting my mileage in, I’m definitely still not feeling my best.  I easily get tired and still have a cough but do feel world’s better compared to last week.  This past weekend I forced myself to sit still and rest which as Michael says is kind of like telling me not to talk.  I’m still debating about going to the doctor but I’m hopeful I feel my best again this week!

Going forward I modified my plan to adjust for the weeks of training I missed.  I still plan to get in one 14 mile long run and a couple 12 mile runs.  During the week I’m focusing on a recovery run and a good speed workout.  I’m hoping that as I feel better I’ll be able to add in one shorter run.

In terms of the PR I was hoping to get, I’m not sure I even really care.  I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can simplify (more on this in another post) and I’ve come to realize that PR’s and times don’t mean as much to me as they once did.  In fact, pacing and PRs seem like an extra stress that I don’t need.  I love going out for a run and tackling the mileage because it makes me feel good and is the best stress reliever I know.  I love racing and a half-marathons because they are fun and a great way to celebrate all my 5am workouts.  So for now I’ve kind of decided to let the PR goal move to the back burner and just enjoy my runs.  Whatever happens on race day will be.  As long as I’m having fun that’s all that matters!

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How is your training going?  Have you had a summer cold?  Are you training to PR or just for some race day fun?

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4 responses »

  1. Yes agree about the PR. It’s too easy to only focus on that and not enjoy the race. Sure you don’t want to run slower than the last race but how many runners manage a PR every time?

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  2. I just ran a half this past weekend and while I originally went into training with a finish time in mind, it just wasn’t in the cards. My training was derailed a little by an injury, so there just wasn’t time to add in all the speed workouts I wanted. However, I went into race day with a relaxed, go out there and have fun attitude. You know what? I still PRed – not at the time I wanted originally, but that didn’t matter.

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