Tuesday is long run day and this afternoon, only one soccer practice. Thankfully, I was able to get out for 13.1 miles and each week I feel stronger and stronger. Last week, I finished 10 miles knowing I could have gone 13-15. This week, I finished 13.1 miles knowing I could have gone 15-16.
The half marathon today took me 1:51 total. If I stay on pace for November 6th, I should be able to run the target of 3:40-3:45 that I am shooting for. Again, my time doesn't really matter, but a sub 4:00 would be good and I would like to shave a couple minutes off last year.
As I ran today, I tried to mentally go over the coming long runs. I know I wrote it out a couple weeks ago, but I like to keep my ideas organic and ever flowing so my schedule doesn't keep me to regimented. Based on a three week taper period for a marathon, I have 3 long runs left. Here they are:
Based on this schedule, even though I came into September seriously under trained, I will absolutely be ready. Also, as you can see, I have built in a step back on 10/11 as most training programs call for. This allows the body to catch up a little and regain some rest, keeping you safer from injury. I will discuss the taper in the coming weeks.