The Bucks County Half Marathon is coming up in two weeks and for some odd reason I am feeling more nervous about it than when I prepared for Disney’s Princess Half, I don’t know why. Lately I’ve been working on increasing speed and I’m quite pleased with the progress I’m making. When I started training for the Princess Half, I started running at a 12-12:30 minute per mile pace, which felt comfortable for me. Not only did I find myself maintaining that pace during the race but at times I ran an 11:30 minute per mile pace and felt really good, therefore I decided to continue running at that pace (once back home). I use a training program such as Jeff Galloway’s to help me reach my goals, but most importantly I listen to my body. If I can take it faster and feel I can do it safely, I will, and vice versa.
This past weekend I was doing some work in my house – pulling the carpet out and refinishing the hardwood floors. That’s some heavy work there! Moving the furniture alone was enough. I didn’t eat very well this weekend, lots of doughnuts from this little bakery close to my house, which I swear makes the best doughnuts EVER!!
I didn’t run this past weekend. Mentally and physically exhausted from work and physically exhausted from house work, I was done. Yesterday I decided to run a 5K on the treadmill and it happened to be one of my best runs.
I received this image on an email from RunKeeper and I had to chuckle. I’m getting faster 🙂
I started to warm up at a 4.0 MPH pace for a minute, then continued at a 5.0 MPH or a 12-minute mile pace for a mile and continued the rest of the run juggling between 6.0 and 6.3 MPH. Not much of an increase from 6.0 to 6.3 but I wanted to challenge my body and see if I can do it. The feeling you get after running is simply amazing. I’m waiting for the weather to get nicer so that I can take it outside. It snowed/rained yesterday, just a plain ol’ sucky day to run outdoors.
I treated myself to a haircut yesterday. Told my hairdresser to cut off my split ends and I think a good 2” got cut off. My first reaction was, “I think I’m going to cry!” followed by “It’ll grow back, it’s just hair.”
Don’t mind the no-makeup face! I haven’t properly slept in days….
Readers: Did you workout this past weekend?