And I’m back! 🙂
It’s officially the beginning of Week Sixteen of my marathon training plan and now it’s all about getting back on track. After all the rearranging I did with the running days and distances in preparation of the half marathon I ran three days ago. (Feels kinda awesome to casually say that. ;))
I followed my HM up with two days of rest, friends, sunshine, barbecue meat and more booze than I care to admit. It was two days of Estonia’s most popular national holiday, so everybody was in a party mood.
Now, as the aftereffects of a two day bonfire party were finally dissipating today, I started thinking about what I learned from my half marathon.
A) I nailed my nutrition and hydration. Next time, I still want to try relying only on stations though, because I’m starting to think my belly can handle all sorts of things pretty well.
B) Just because you’ve been running in the same size and model of shoe (and socks!) for several pairs, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider going up a size for long runs. Before my marathon, I’ll try to run in a pair of the same shoe in a bigger size. (I have so many blisters…)
C) Most importantly. Strength training. I haven’t done any. And I very much felt the lack in the final stages of the HM as my form was slipping. This makes me anxious about the full marathon I’m running in ten weeks.
Which is why I have a gym date tomorrow. 🙂 I’m hoping if I put some money down I’ll be able to make it a two times a week thing (bye bye rest days!) and maybe, just maybe ten weeks will be enough to be of some help. I’m also realising that if I want to keep running long distances, I’ll have to keep it up.
Coming back from the HM, I decided to make today’s run a 75% of the Plan thing.
So, 8 km it was.
It’s still hotter than normal, with thunder and rain making guest appearances. Today, I headed out straight after a bout of thunder, so I immediately got my feet wet in the puddles (which my blisters didn’t like) but other than that, it was a surprisingly easy run!
I went easy, because I expected my feet and legs to still feel off, but nothing ached or hurt. 🙂 I did the 8k at an easy pace with every km a bit faster than the previous one and at the end I definitely felt like I could have kept going.
I followed my run up with a 4km walk, since it was just so darn beautiful outside.
And I got to snap pictures of one of my favourite paved running routes.
With a lovely view of the city centre and the (somewhat pungent) aroma of the sea. 😉
While running, I’m so much in my own head and everything goes by so fast that I sometimes forget how lovely my stomping grounds are. Walking let’s me enjoy it.
I definitely feel like summer. 🙂
Btw, how bad of an idea would it be to get back to distance building already this weekend? I’m thinking 24km on Saturday…