I registered for the Griffith Park Half Marathon as the first race in my Thirty in my Thirties goal because I volunteered at the Griffith Park Trail Marathon and saw first hand how fun and supportive the race, race director, and runners were at this event. I have been wanting to race (ok, run at all) all summer and I picked this race to get me back into the swing of things now that I am slowly building up mileage again.
I just realized that last week I actually did week two of my training plan, even though this week starting today was supposed to be week 1. It's pretty embarrassing to admit I can't read a calendar. The training plan wasn't for the half marathon. And while I probably should have used a training plan, it's way too late now. It's trails and there's elevation so I will be hiking the uphills anyway. I am more than confident I can go the distance, and I don't even want to think about speed. It's for the experience first and foremost... and serves as a bit of a warm-up for my Thirty in my Thirties.
I have two goals for this race, though. The first is the stretch goal, and that's to finish in 2.5 hours. The second goal is my safety goal- to run it in a sports bra. Yep, I know I know, WTF kind of goal is that? Well, I have never been confident enough to go run in a sports bra. I did it once actually, on the beach, where like other women are wearing way less. And a guy ran backwards talking to me and my sister for like idk, a quarter of a mile until we finally asked him to get lost. I am just not comfortable with eyes on me (whatever the reason) and I just feel like a girl running around without a shirt on draws attention. But at a race, where that's much less likely to happen I think I would feel comfortable. Now just to work on the confidence, and the abs.
So hopefully it's warm enough to warrant such an outfit choice, otherwise I have a third goal to finish without hurting my foot.
Now to the numbers...
Monday: Rest (check)
Tuesday: Woke up at 6am and did fartleks for a little over 5 miles; I pushed pretty hard and it felt amazing, my overall pace including mile warm up, mile cool down: 9:10
Wednesday: Rested my foot and took a walk
Thursday: 6.5 mile pace run - my current "comfortably-hard pace" is 9:50, this would probably be my current marathon pace
Friday: easy 5 miles
Saturday: 60-minute bike ride (aerobic only)
Sunday: 10 miles easy
Oh, yeah, you read that right. I finally got in my first ten-mile run since February. Pace: 12:07. Don't even care. I wasn't tired, I wasn't sore, and my foot didn't hurt the next day. I am loving taking it slow and getting back into it at a level I can tolerate. It makes it so much more enjoyable.