Everyday is one day closer to my half marathon! Lately I’ve been running around a 9:10-9:30 pace.
This is a good pace for me. It doesn’t feel like I’m out of breath or pushing myself too hard, which is good as I’m just trying to build up my endurance to run farther. I’m not sure yet if I want to set a goal other than finishing, but running in 2:15 would be awesome! I will definitely do a slow warm-up (10 min miles for a mile or 2) and then try for 9 min mile paces after the first mile or 2. It is my dream to run a half in under 2 hours, but this is my first so I will just see how it goes. Races are usually really crowded in the beginning so it will workout nicely to go slow in the beginning. At my 5 mile SJ Giants race last year, my first mile was 11 mins. I had to dodge so many walkers and strollers and little ones running around. I finished in 44 mins, so I must have picked up the pace for the other 4 miles. My goal was 47 mins and I remember my excitement when I looked at my watch and realized I was going to beat my goal. I really didn’t imagine I would! Maybe I’ll surprise myself at my half marathon!
I took a few weeks off running when my ankle was sore, and I’m so glad I did. I have been running consistently again for the past two weeks. I really had to do a reset. I was getting a little concerned about building miles but I knew that I would be better off taking time off. If any of you have battled injuries you know that running through things never helps them heal. I took some time off running and worked on strength training and running is a lot easier now. My cardio endurance/energy are my best strengths, strange considering I have pretty bad asthma. But I always feel like my lungs can go forever. It’s always been my muscles that needed more help.
The last time I went to PT I bought a new band, “Perform Better!” I got a blue one. It is much harder than green, and I wanted to challenge myself. It’s been fun using it at home and really helps you use your glutes when do kettle bell squats and lateral walking. The first few times I used it felt pretty difficult, but now it feels natural, well more natural. Maybe I’m ready for the black one now?! I highly recommend using these bands. They help you engage your glutes as you do squats and push into the band.
When I started running again, I high-tailed it to dirt hills to run. I didn’t record my miles and I know I didn’t run that many, but running uphill was fun! Running uphill always reminds me to use good form. After I could tell my ankle was strong again, I started running on the trail again.
I got a new pair of Nike Pegasus in black. I hope that I will be wearing these for my half, but they are so comfortable I find myself wearing them everywhere! This must explain why I wear out my running shoes so fast. I often times wear them even when I’m just baking cookies or grabbing a burrito. But hey you can’t beat the comfort, and I would rather walk than drive.
After having knee issues for years, I know that wearing comfortable shoes makes a difference. I don’t want to run for an hour in comfort and then walk around all day all over town in sandals. My knees and feet are much happier in running shoes.
Another thing I have done in preparation for the half is yoga. Incorporating yoga back into my life has made a big difference. Yesterday I went to a gentle yoga class and ran on the treadmill after. It really helped. I felt very limber while limber and for the rest of the day. I also woke up today feeling great, not stiff at all!
Today I went to the gym and jumped onto a step, single-legged squats on a bosu ball, one plank, (it felt like plenty!) and ran 3 miles on the treadmill. I am going to try to attend two yoga classes a week.
Does yoga help your running?
Have you ever had to take time off while getting ready for a race?