It has not been a great couple of weeks for me in my preparation for my half marathon in May. The week before last I was supposed to do three runs: intervals, a tempo run and a long run. I managed to do my intervals, but I missed my tempo run. My long run was a very slow 16K at around 1 hour 50 minutes, but I forgot to stop my watch at the end of the run, so I’m just estimating the final time. This is much slower than I was hoping to be, and now I’m not sure that I will be able to finish the half in under 2 hours, 10 minutes, let alone the two hours I was originally hoping for.
I did enjoy the long run though. And one really nice thing happened. I had passed a couple of slower runners, and soon after, one of my gel bottles fell off of my belt. I didn’t notice it had fallen, but one of the runners I had passed took the trouble to catch up to me to give it back. It was very kind. Runners are nice people.
I downloaded two Vinyl Café podcasts to listen to during my long run, and found that listening to a Dave and Morley story was a great way to pass the time while running. Those stories always make me laugh and cry, so if you saw a runner chuckling and tearing up, yeah, that was me.
This past week was really poor for me. I ran my intervals last Monday on my lunch hour, and they went really well. My tempo run would have taken too long to do at lunch, but I forgot to bring home my running shoes from the office, so I never did my tempo run this week either. I was planning to do my long run yesterday (Saturday) but I realized that my running gear is still at the office. It feels bad missing this many workouts, and it makes me so determined to get back on track next week. I wonder if I could squeeze in a fourth run next week instead of my usual three? This could be pretty hard on my tight shin though, so I may try to just forgive myself and move on.
Shoot, N and I are hacking and coughing and miserable today. I may not be back on track this week after all.