Ah, week 4 is the first rest week of my plan and it was awesome! Ok, I didn’t really rest, I just had to run 3 days. After Monday’s run I noticed pain in my shins and I knew I needed to find a new pair of shoes fast. I did some tallying and realized I was at about 300 miles in these shoes and since I need so much padding for my overpronation, I shouldn’t delay. I was super excited to find the new Brooks PureCadence in stock in a shocking hot pink that very afternoon! Yippee! Anyway, Wednesday and Saturday’s run went off without a hitch with zero pain.
5 mile easy run at 11:05 minutes/mile. I easily ran this in 55:01, which averages out to exactly 11 minutes/mile.
5 mile easy run at 11:05 minutes/mile. After I dropped Aaron off at work, I parked at my mother-in-law’s hair salon and ran the residential neighborhood behind. It was fun and it was also the first time I have ever ran in the city. I finished in 53:42 which is a little faster than I was supposed to go, but the new shoes felt so good! My average time was 10:44 minutes/mile.
4 mile easy run at 11:05 minutes/mile. I felt so good to be back at home and running pain free, I just ran these 4 miles. I never looked at the pace clock. I listened to my body. I finished in 38:07 which is an average of 9:31 minutes/mile.
The rest week was perfect. It couldn’t have come at a better time. I feel rested and ready to move up to faster times and longer runs. Wow, I have been doing this plan for an entire month. Feels good. Glad I picked this training plan. I can tell that when race day arrives, I will be ready and strong.
84 days until my 31st birthday and first half marathon!