Half Marathon Training Update {week 4}

believe in the run

Oh, hello. I know we are almost done with week 5, and I haven't even posted about week 4! So here you go..

I got this shirt last weekend and I love it. I love what it says... "Nobody has ever regretted it" .... which is so true! I don't know anybody who runs who regrets ever starting to run. Even though sometimes running is not fun. Sometimes you get uncomfortable during runs. Sometimes you even get hurt. Sometimes you start out running and you dread it. But after a run, even a not-so-great run, you always feel better than when you started. I don't know anybody who has ever finished a run and regretted going on it, even if they didn't initially want to run that day.

On the back the shirt says, "Believe in the run."

Which I do. Now.

When I first started running I really didn't think I could do it. I thought running was for athletes or crazy people, and I didn't consider myself either one of those things :) But I stuck with it and I've learned a lot about myself. I've learned that I can do something I feel is "unachievable" if I work at it. I've learned that I can do a lot more than I ever thought I could. So now I not only believe in "the run" but I also believe in myself and that's one reason I love running.

ANYWAY... enough about my new shirt. Who knew a shirt could have such a deeper meaning??? :o)

My speed run for week 4 was 3 miles at a 9:15 pace with a minute and a half rest in between each. I don't remember exactly how I felt afterwards now but I do remember it was pretty dang challenging.

My tempo run was 5 miles at a 10:15 pace. This was definitely a challenging run! Geez I think my coach is beginning to think I can run fast.. what is he thinking?!

My long run was 10 MILES at an 11:05 pace... I don't know why or how but I did it! It helped that Forrest Gump was playing in the cardio theater... yes, I did this run on a treadmill. I know, I can't believe it either. Run, Forrest, RUN! It was the first time the half marathon actually felt achievable to me. :)

Speaking of the treadmill, we all know about my hatred of the treadmill right? Well, I think the treadmill and I have finally become friends. CRAZY, I KNOW! Ok, maybe we are just acquaintances. But I thought it was weird when I was going to do my speed run and I briefly thought about doing it outside, but opted for the treadmill instead. But then I was reading an article in my womens' running newsletter that talked about all the plus sides to running on the treadmill. Things like consistent split times since the treadmill goes at a consistent pace, less laundry due to not having to layer in the winter, you don't have to worry about running in the cold, rain, or while it's still light outside...etc... and I thought, "Hmm, the treadmill really isn't so bad after all." I guess I've kinda gotten used to it. BUT that's not to say I can't wait for it to get warmer so I can run outside. Hurry up, spring!

Anyway... this post has gotten really long and slightly off-topic so I will quit rambling and head to class...