Woo boy, I’m almost there. My half marathon is about two weeks away and I’m feeling the butterflies.
I ran my longest training run – 12 miles – today, and my legs are achy and tired. But I’ll continue to stretch and foam roll and hope to be fine on race day. Here‘s a post I wrote over on Dispatch.com about the importance of stretching, by the way. Next week is taper week, so I’ll run two three-to-four milers and an eight-miler. Then it’s race week!
My trainer took my body fat measurements before I started training. He took them again last week and I’ve already seen some changes. While I haven’t lost any weight (I actually gained one pound), I’ve lost fat in several areas, including my quads, which have been my most stubborn area. My total body fat percentage has gone down more than 1 percent during my training period. He’ll take them post-half, as well. The fat loss may not necessarily be due to the added running , but my best guess says it is. The good thing is I haven’t lost any muscle, which is a very real concern when adding steady state cardio. I haven’t changed my lifting program during my training, except for a missed day or two for various reasons.
So far, here’s what I’ve noticed or discovered:
1) I feel good, for the most part, on my long runs. I had one bad one, but the rest have been comfortable and steady as I learn pacing.
2) I’ve picked up speed on my short runs.
3) I struggle in windy conditions and do better in the rain.
4) I’m more vigilant about foam rolling and dynamic stretching before and after runs than I was pre-training.
5) I actually enjoy this and plan to continue with long runs after the race.
6) Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” makes me, well, happy during my runs. If you see a woman running in the Grandview/Upper Arlington/Campus area while singing and dancing with hands in the air, that’s me listening to “Happy”. Best song on my running playlist.
How is your training going? What changes have you noticed?