Good news here in the tri-state area, the humidity finally broke (and I actually felt a chill in the air in NYC today)!
Week 2 of training went well. I am re-learning how to run on tired legs and am starting to feel more comfortable (and less fatigued) at faster paces.
M 8/15: 3.1 mi easy
T 8/16: 5 mi (1 mi up, 3 tempo @ 7:55, 1 mi down)
W 8/17: off
Th 8/18: 6.1 easy (with Jennie in the stroller)
F 8/19: off
Sa 8/20: 4 mi easy
Su 8/21: 7.5 mi (2.5 mi up, 4.97 at France 8k, 8:02 avg)
Week 2 Total: 25.7 mi
So I am happy to report that running more mileage feels pretty good! 25 is high for me!!! It’s been so long that I’ve actually had two children since running that many miles in one week.
I think that my biggest issue is pacing. Besides a few times at the track, I’ve only been doing easy running without a watch. Now that I am trying to hit certain paces for workouts, I am trying to get a feel for those faster paces again. I am honestly having a hard time. I fee l like I am all over the place (and staring at my watch too often).
My goal half marathon pace is anywhere from 7:33 (1:39 half) to 8:00 (1:45 half), depending how my training goes. I ran the France 8k on Sunday in NYC (one of my 9+1 races) with the goal of running even splits (even with the hills). The first mile was 8:19, it was really crowded but it felt comfortable. The next three miles were 7:49, 7:52, 7:53 and I finished the last in 7:38. I didn’t look at my watch for most of the race because it was POURING (lol can’t wait to see those pictures) but overall I felt good and didn’t feel like I was putting in a crazy amount of effort, probably a 6 of 10. I assume it will probably take a few more weeks of consistent training for me to be able to better translate my effort into a pace.
Unrelated, I raced with my hair in a braid, should I change my blog name? Ha, just kidding, but I kind of liked it.