Monday, August 31, 2009
Refreshed and ready to run
I cut the end of my training week last week a little short mileage wise and am on my taper this week. The race is this coming Saturday! I'm getting really excited, especially for the race packet pickup/pasta dinner on Friday. I was starting to get burned out pretty bad, like I didn't even want to run, but the rest I have been getting lately and the awesome support you guys have been giving me have made me feel much better! I only ran 4 days last week, mostly easy runs aside from my 14 miler and short 6 mile tempo run, and took Saturday and Sunday off. I feel much better today and am giddy to get outside and run after work. I am running three miles today at a nice easy pace. Who wouldn't look forward to a little enjoyable run like that? After all these weeks of training, I feel like I have a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. You guys have reminded me that I have put in the hard work and am ready for the race, and that makes me feel really good! Maybe that is what taper week is all about, relaxing before the race and looking back at all the work you've done. I have let my diet slip up quite a bit the last few weeks. I haven't really gained any weight, but am stuck at 150 pounds. I'm ok with this right now. After my race Saturday, I will be able to sit down and reflect upon my training and what I want to change. I will be making a new training plan for my half marathon that is on November 1st. I vow to stick with cross training, and hopefully a structured diet. I am in a way baffled that I didn't lose much weight (3 pounds is all) during these 16 weeks, but in a way I'm not surprised. A lot of the time I cheated on eating nutritiously (daily) and I know I was consuming too many calories. My new plan will hopefully identify that, and I can come up with a diet I can stick to. My goal for the next training period is not going to be to run a fast half marathon, but to improve my basic health, and this starts with a solid nutritious foundation.