It didn’t hit me until writing the weekly recap that I am officially halfway through the training cycle for the Air Force Marathon. That means race day is less than 6 weeks away. I wish I could have had another 2-3 weeks at least of solid training, but I have to remind myself that I started right after running Grandma’s so I know I had a base at least. It wasn’t like I was going into a 12 week cycle from nothing.
This was a pretty solid week and overall each and every run helped solidify that idea that I am going for the sub-5. For the most part, for the first time, I am hitting all of my runs and then some. I’ve prioritized and putting a lot of focus on each and every run. However, as great as the physical runs can go, I need to get into this goal mentally as well. As I have said so many times on this blog, I am my own worst enemy. I can tell myself over and over again this is going to happen, but when it comes down to it, I always second-guess myself. So, for these next 6 weeks, yes, the runs will be important, but I need to work on the mental part of this goal. I need to believe this is going to happen.
Last week was another week on the road. I was in Philadelphia for work, but due to some crazy convention, I was stuck about 20 minutes north of the city. I’ve been there before so I knew some areas to run in, but for Tuesday’s track workout, I was determined to find a track. Well, apparently the local high school aren’t as community driven as the ones at home, as I was greeted by a lovely padlock.
Instead of just going for a run, I found this horseshoe shaped road in the next neighborhood over that happened to be about a 0.25 miles long. So, I got creative and did loop my track workout around that loop. I decided to do 800m repeats, so overall I probably did about 12-14 laps around that loop. I did notice a few residents looking out their windows at me, so luckily no one ended up calling the police. I’ve actually come to enjoy these workouts, so I was determined to get it done.
Tuesday: 5 miles, 54:53, 10:59/mile (4x800m w/400m walking rest)
Wednesday: 5 miles, 52:04, 10:25/mile
Thursday: 5 miles, 51:08, 10:14/mile
Saturday: 6 miles, 1:10:51, 11:49/mile
Sunday: Drake Well Half Marathon, 2:18:06
Total Miles: 34.1 miles
Wednesday night took me to another local park, Pennypack Park, in the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood. It was surreal as it was hard to believe you were still in the city. I thought I would do 6 miles with a 3 out and back. Well, again I was hit by a fence and padlock about 2 miles in, so I ended up with just 5 miles. I seemed to have a theme going for my runs out there this week.
The weekend brought in a great combined group run with both Pro Bike & Run and Steel City Road Runners. We had a great turn out and since I had planned to run the Drake Well Half Marathon on Sunday, I decided 6 miles was enough for Saturday morning. Plus, it was an out and back on the Montour Trail and quite frankly, I just wasn’t thrilled with that. I’m not a big fan of out and backs on trails even though it means I can run uninterrupted t from traffic, etc. I”m just used to being a city runner and have no issues dodging city life on my runs. Either way, my own feelings aside, it was fantastic to see two large running groups in Pittsburgh come together for this. Hopefully it’ll happen more often.
The week ended with my 28th half marathon. Last minute, I signed up to join Kristy as it was her 50th half marathon. Since I needed just a long slow training run, there were no plans for this. Well, I absolutely surprised myself and had an amazing race. I ended up running the whole way through, which is something I haven’t done for a half lately and finished in 2:18. Needless to say, it was a great way to spend a Sunday (even with the 4am wake up) and a great way to cap the halfway point for this training. It certainly is moving forward on a high note!