Week 15 was a pretty big week. I had some shorter training runs, and my third half marathon. Good times.
Sunday – rest
We spent the day with family, watching football. As autumn Sundays should be spent.
Monday – 3.1 miles
Still hot. Still sluggish. What can you do?
Tuesday – rest
I got my hair done. It’s been three months. It was time.
Wednesday – rest
I spent the morning at some school meetings, and then we met up with my parents for an early dinner before batting practice for little man. We had been getting a lot of rain, so practices have been few and far between. Little man’s division is sling pitch this year, which is definitely a change for the kiddos. He’s been doing ok with the machine, so we’ll see how it goes on game day.
Thursday – rest
Technically, this was a rest day, but I don’t think I stopped going all day. We had parent-conferences (which went great!), I had lunch at school with little man, I ran some errands and then I had to go back to school to help with an event. Whew.
Friday – 2 miles
Since I would be running a total of 17.1 miles on Saturday, I did an easy two miles, just to get my legs going.
Then it was off to pick up my packet and get dinner at our favorite Italian place. I packed my race bag, made sure my Garmin and iPod were charging and got myself in bed super early.
Saturday – 17.1 miles
I had a 4:30 wake up call so I could get ready and meet my girlfriend, who was kind enough to offer to drive. The race start was delayed because of a sudden, torrential downpour, which was tough. I will post more in my recap, but needless to say, I completed the race, despite the muddy pit at the finish line…
Got home to shower and change and meet up with little man and the rest of the family for lunch after his team won the first baseball game of the season (and after he got a baby tooth knocked out from a ball to the face!!!!), and then, when Mr PugRunner took little man to get a new glove (his is apparently way too small), I stumbled outside to complete four more miles.
It was more of a slow, forward shuffle than a run. But the miles got logged, one way or the other, and then I was ready to kick back and relax with a fire on our back patio.
The week felt pretty good. I also really enjoyed knowing that I was able to get in the 17 miles, even if it was broken up. I’m not sure if I’m over my fear of any distance over 13 miles, but it’s a start.
I’m also a little nervous about my Garmin. It’s just over a year old, and has been working great for my purposes, but it feels like the battery is draining quickly. Which leads to panic because…. is it going to last for the entirety of my marathon? Has anyone run a (long) marathon with a Garmin Forerunner 10 and has it held up? Or should I start researching other options?
This week, I am taking it easy, with three low-mileage runs. I do have to complete a distance of 6.2 to earn my Pugicorn virtual medal (squee!), but other than that, I can take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy myself.
How was your week in training?
Do you recommend looking into a new running watch?
Do you ever split up your long runs or knock out all the miles at once?