Monday, September 20, 2010

Half-Marathon Training: 10 weeeks to go

This week of "training" was much better than last week. Both my short runs during the week last week were 25 minutes and I set new mile time records for myself. In recent records, anyway. The weather is much nicer at 6am (lately, around 60 degrees) which helps me tremendously. My long run was postponed until Sunday because the Husband had his 5k that's he's been training for on Sat. He did great! The weather was beautiful and we were there at the finish line to cheer him on!
My long run this week was 7 miles. Not a record distance for me, yet, I've run that distance twice before. But I got up at the crack of dawn and got done before it got too hot. It went really well, or as well as running that long can be. My pace was right up there with the best times I've had for long distances and wasn't on my death bed when I was done. I actually felt pretty good! It's runs like that that make me think I can actually do a Half-Marathon. The only down side is, my knees have been killing me since a few hours after I got back. Not exactly sure why. Hopefully, next weekend I'll be going to a "running" store and getting some new shoes. They can run with you and analyze your stride and run and help you pick out a pair of shoes that are the best for you. I'm prepping myself to have to spend more on shoes than I normally do at Academy, but I know it will be worth it. The ones I have now are ok, when I picked them out last year for running I had no idea just how much I'd be running. "They" say your running shoes are good for 300-500 miles. After this past week, I have 283 on mine. I noticed this after my 10k last week....
mmmmm....that can't be good. I've never worn a pair of shoes out like this in my life! I'm hoping when I get new shoes it will fix all the problems I'm having and my knee issues won't be just because I have old lady joints. I also should probably be doing cross training or some kind of strength training on my off days, but I just don't have time...and I'm lazy.

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