This is my last full week of training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon! Seems like just yesterday I put my training plan up on the refrigerator to get started with week 1. Next week will be my taper week and race day is on the 14th! The countdown is on!!!
This will be my 3rd half marathon and I am happy to say that I feel like I am heading into this half marathon mentally and physically stronger than my last two. Having a little experience under my belt is certainly a plus when training for this or any distance. With that being said, I recognize that the Nike half is going to be a tough hilly course unlike any that I have experienced before. And I say, bring it on!
Since my training is winding down, I thought I would take this time to celebrate some of my accomplishments!
1. My first 10 mile training run – Going into both of my previous half marathons my longest run was 9 miles. For Rock n’ Roll Las Vegas that was due to runners knee and for the Rock CF half that was because I was actually training for the half relay and not the full half marathon. I’m pretty excited to be able to approach the Nike half with a 10 miler already in the bag.
2. I am more in tune with my body – I’ve learned to listen to my body more by giving myself an extra rest day as needed or scale back on my training if I am feeling worn down. It has done me a ton of good and I still feel ready to take on the half despite not following my training plan to a T.
3. A strong support system – Mr. Sarcastic has not once complained about my running or training or the amount of time I put into either one. Not even once. It’s nice to have that kind of support, especially since I recognize how much time my training does take up. I’ve also have several people who have helped me by watching Little B when needed so I can get my training in. And of course, Little B is my BIGGEST cheerleader. My two days of cross-training are done at home when he is with me and it simply does not phase him. Exercise is just a part of our lives and he is accustomed to it. My training would not have been as smooth sailing without the great support system that I have!
Speaking of Mr. Sarcastic this will be his first experience at a race! I would love to get a bunch of spectator tips for him so I can not only pass them along to him but also share them on my blog later this week. I’m looking for all sorts of tips. From how to best support the runner you are at the race to watch, to what to do to pass the time during the race, etc. etc. Leave your tips in the comments below and if you have a blog, leave me your url so I can give you credit for the tip!