On to the next Challenge

It has been a spring and summer full of races for me.   I ran seven 5Ks, a 4 miler, a 5 miler, and two 10Ks as part of two different race series.  I also ran a 5 mile and 10 mile race.  My season is winding down with one more 5K  next month to finish the Seacoast Race Series (and get another jacket for completing it).

Now the real work begins as I train for the Seacoast Half Marathon!  I started gearing up my distance with a 6.5 mile run this weekend.  It felt great.  The weather was cool (59 degrees) and we ran along the beach for a large part of the run.  However there was a strong headwind and afterwards I was beat.  I spent most of the rest of the day on the couch!

 

Each time I run a half marathon I say, “My preparation should have included more weight training”,  and so I am putting it down in writing and setting a goal to get my sorry self to the gym a minimum of two times a week from now until the race in early November (and hopefully beyond).

No excuses.  I am going to start today with a workout at lunchtime.

Half Marathon Training going Strong

With my half marathon coming up in 5 weeks, I’ve been stepping up my training.

I believe that Portsmouth, NH must be one of the more beautiful places to run.  We have the historic downtown, the riverfront, Newcastle Island, and the ocean.  Today we ran the first part of the half marathon course for a total of 9 miles.

We started at Portsmouth High School and ran out to the ocean.  We ran on the road along Wallis Sands beach  and Odiorne Point and back up quite a large hill toward town and the high school.  It was a beautiful course and the weather was perfect — sunny and high 40’s-low 50’s.

 

I’m on track with my weekly long runs — today was 9 miles, but I’m not quite there with my weekly mileage.  I wanted to get in a total of 23 miles this week, and I ended up with 19.  This is simply due to the fact that I only run two days during the week and then a long run on the weekends.  I should really get 5 miles in on a third day.

But, I am doing well, running strong, and giving myself plenty of recovery time (maybe too much!).