My training program is ramping down to the big day and this past Saturday’s run was only 6 miles. Just a few short months ago I would never have imagined myself saying “only 6 miles” but here I am six days from my first Half Marathon and 6 miles doesn’t seem like that big of a deal anymore :-)
Saturday’s recap: We decided to run our usual route which included one BIG hill but it also included 1/2 mile over the bridge in Lake Wylie. We met up at 8am and off we went; I decided to do a 9/1 split to see if that would give me a better average pace. It wasn’t very long before we realized the weather wasn’t as nice as we first thought…that dang humidity was back, ugh! The route takes us up the big hill in mile 2 and as you can see by my pace I had to walk more than half of it. The rest of the run was pretty uneventful except at the end of mile 6 we hit the big hill again, only this time down hill. I think I may have let gravity take over a little too much because my right knee started bothering me when I hit the bottom. It was a short walk back to our meeting place and my knee was still bothering me. Thankfully K had her roller and I used it on my outer thigh and hip which seemed to relieve the pain.
I immediately iced my knee when I got home and kept doing that on & off the rest of the day. I’ve decided to do my two short runs this week on Tues/Thurs since the HM is on Sunday, that will also give my knee a little more rest.
My average pace was a little faster with the 9/1 split however it was half the distance from last weekend so I’m not sure if it would have the same impact overall – I’ll have to give it some more thought before I decide what to do on race day.
We’re heading to Myrtle Beach Thursday afternoon and I’m so nervous that I’m going to forget something that I need for the run…I’ve made a list of everything I take, use, eat – so I think I’m good…there’s that dang OCD again :-s