Week 2 of half marathon training wasn’t all that different from last week, so I’m just going to talk about the highlights rather than going through my runs day by day.
I ended my run early on Thursday because my arch started hurting. In the fall I ended up having to take a few weeks off right before my half marathon for what I thought was plantar fasciitis. This felt the same so I didn’t want to take any chances.
I did a lot of stretching and icing in the following days and decided that if I felt pain during my run on Saturday I would just try to power through it. I know that it’s important to listen to your body, but I was doing some research online and read that sometimes plantar fasciitis can sometimes go away mid run once you’ve warmed up.
I started my run on Saturday off with a five minute warmup walk just to be safe. I felt fine most of the time except for a brief moment about halfway through. I kept running and the pain went away.
Even though I was trying to take it easy, I still ended up with a nice pace. I even broke into the single digits during my final sprint!
I looked down at my watch and saw I was running at 10:02 minutes/mile so I pushed myself even harder to get under 10 minutes/mile.
Even though that’s a slow pace for a lot of runners, it felt like sprinting to me. I don’t mean any offense to faster runners, but I don’t understand how people can run that fast, or faster.
I was super proud of myself in that moment, of course, but I don’t think I would be able to appreciate running if I was going that fast all the time. Running is my escape from the world so taking it slow and enjoying my surroundings is an important part of that.
I sometimes feel bad that I’m not as fast as other runners, but this is one of the positives of being a slow runner for me.
Another exciting thing about Saturday’s run was that earlier in the week I had bought a thermal neck warmer for running in cold weather and Saturday was my first run trying it out.
I had been holding off on buying one for so long because I’m a knitter so I was having a hard time justifying buying a scarf when I already have so many. Obviously this didn’t make any sense because there was no way I was going to wear my nice handmade scarves on runs and get them all sweaty.
It actually ended up being warm that day, so I definitely didn’t need the neck warmer. It was in the 40s and I was way overdressed for that weather.
But maybe if I accumulate enough winter gear running outside in the cold won’t be as terrible?
On Sunday I had my first long run of four miles. I haven’t run longer than 3 miles at once since October so it was definitely great to get in some longer distances. I’m glad to be building back up to where I was before.
I had a really good first two miles (both under 14 minutes/mile), but slowed down a bit during the final two miles.
I did some stretching and some exercises with dumbells after my run and I feel great.
Running outside on the weekend is spoiling me. I am dreading having to go back to the treadmill this week, especially since I have to do a 4 mile run on Wednesday.
So that was my week. I hope everyone else had the chance to get out and run or do something they love!