How about another HMTU?

It's been awhile since I've posted a real half marathon training update. I'm now less than a month away from my first half marathon!!! YIKES!

Training is getting harder and this week was kind of mixed up because of spring break and running groups. Being on spring break allowed me the option to either go to gym classes that I can't usually go to or to running group that's usually hard to make it to because of class. I would have loved to fit it all in, but I had another obstacle:

allergies!!!

I've been battling some awesome allergies this week. And by awesome I mean dreadful, awful, horrific, sick-nasty, you name it. My head has been all stuffy, I can't breathe out of my nose and I sound like a man when I talk. It's been fantastic, let me tell you.

On Tuesday I went to my old favorite Crosstrain class that I usually have to miss because of school. So that was nice. Then on Wednesday I could have gone to Turbokick, but I went to running group instead since I didn't have class. I thought these lovely allergies were going to be awful on the run, but actually I probably felt the best I did all day while I was running.

The weather was perfect for a run, and Erica and I tackled my favorite hill in Cherokee Park that I affectionately like to call the Hellacious Hill. And by favorite hill I really mean least favorite hill of all time. It's seriously killer and always slows me down tremendously, but at least we didn't stop! I'm going to have to consult Gertie the Garmin and see just how much elevation it actually is. I wonder if I even want to know.

I also finally ate some Sports Beans before this run. They didn't upset my tummy or anything like that, so I guess that's good. Maybe that's why I felt so good during this run even though I have the head cold from hades? I actually almost felt guilty eating them because they tasted just like regular jelly beans.

Oh yeah... my speed work this week? EVIL. I decided that 10 quarter mile repeats are in the dictionary next to the word evil. O.M.G. I thought I was going to die. I always feel so good about myself after my speed work though... even if they are slower than Josh's warm up runs. Oh well. I still feel good about myself. Probably because I'm just ecstatic that my legs are still attached to my body.

Thoughts this week:
  • 10 quarter mile repeats = evil
  • hooray for running up hellacious hill without stopping!
  • allergies blow!!
  • I hope I can breathe for my long run this weekend {tomorrow}
  • 8 days until the 10 miler....29 until the mini!!!!! GULP

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."
- Steve Prefontaine