Week 13 Recap {Half Marathon Training}

Week 12

Overall, week 13 was uneventful and easy.  I am starting to get a little nervous about my race, but I know I will be prepared.

Monday
3 mile easy run at 10:45 minutes/mile.  I ran this at a pace of 10:19 minutes/mile and finished in 30:58.  I had to wait until we returned from our Labor Day camping trip to get this run accomplished.  It was a little hot, but only in the mid 90s.  This hot running better help me this fall, because it is flipping hard.

Wednesday
8 mile tempo run with 1 mile warm up, 6 miles at 9:26 minutes/mile, and 1 mile cool down.  Sadly, I had to run this on the dread mill.  It wasn’t too bad, I just turned the little television on some awful reality show and ran.  I ran this in 1:15:55 with an average pace of 9:29 minutes/mile.

Thursday
3 mile easy run at 10:45 minutes/mile.  I ran this on Feester Trail in Arkadelphia at 11am.  The trail is mostly shaded, so the 95 degree temperature wasn’t that bad.  I completed this run with a time of 29:49 and an average pace of 9:56 minutes/miles.

Saturday
11 mile long run at 10:45 minutes/mile.  I ran this in 1:47:31 with an average pace of 9:46 minutes/mile.  This was the first time during this training program that I ran at night.  The increased pace was because I am afraid of the dark.  Seriously, the dark terrifies me.  Running has not only conditioned my body, it has allowed me to face some of my biggest fears: failure and darkness.  I know this sounds silly, but I made my Mom stay on speaker phone with my the last 4 miles.  I also repeated the 23rd Psalm a hundred times.  My body was strong enough for the pace, I just had to make sure my mind would allow me to keep going and not flip out in the dark…

Week 14

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