Two weeks from today is the Women’s Half Marathon in St. Pete! I’m very excited. There have been so many races the last few weeks and my Facebook and Twitter feed are full of people getting medals. I am so ready to earn my next medal!
Week 12 went well. I was right on track and did my weekday runs on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I had great times for each. I did not do cross training yesterday, hubby and I had errands to run and my niece’s birthday party. Yesterday, I realized that I would not be able to do my 12 miles on my regular route over to Clearwater Beach because of the TriRock Triathlon. So, I had to do some thinking and planning online to figure out the best route that would not have me doing a bunch of loops. I wanted as much of an out and back route as possible. I decided on Bayshore Blvd. in South Tampa. It’s a 4.5 mile mile stretch of sidewalk, so we ran beyond it past the Tampa Bay Times Forum, and through Channelside. It’s quite a long run, but it made me excited for Gasparilla coming up in February. But, I did miss my bridges this morning….
Since we were going to Tampa for my 12 miles, we got up 15 minutes earlier. Hubby is such a champ to get up early and ride his bike along with me. He didn’t even mind this crazy time I set my alarm for….
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 3 miles
Wednesday – 5 miles
Thursday – 3 miles
Friday – Rest
Saturday – Rest (skipped cross training – bad!)
Sunday – 12 miles
That was a hard 12 miles. I was feeling so confident after last week’s great 11 miles and the easy miles I had during the week. This morning, I had some foot pain around mile 8 and it lasted through the end. I’m just going to chalk this one off as a character-building run. A reminder that not every run will be a good one. Now that I’ve looked at my split times and compared to last week, I realize even with my foot pain and numerous walk breaks, I was only about 6 minutes slower than last week. Really not bad at all. Finishing today’s run at 02:21:11 and being just one mile shy of the half marathon distance is a very good indicator that I probably can meet my goal of an 02:30 finish time. I hope, I hope, I hope!
One thing about running a different route is new scenery. I snapped a few great pics on my phone this morning…
Total miles for Week 12 is 23.04! Week 13 will be less since next Sunday will only be 8-9 miles. I’m giving my foot some TLC today and even now since I’ve been home, soaked in an Epsom salt bath, and napped, it’s feeling better. Tomorrow is a rest day before I hit the pavement again. With just two weeks to go, I have to continue to be smart and do my best to avoid injury.
How do you quiet that inner voice after a long run that didn’t go as you had hoped?