This was my 10th week of half-marathon training.
Sunday – Rest day.
Monday – Biked 11 miles. Took it easy for pace and enjoyed what is probably one of the last warm outdoor biking opportunities we’ll have for the year.
After going back to my local running store today to dig a little deeper into my shoe options, we came to the conclusion that there literally are ZERO shoes out there that will work for my feet that are a neutral and come in a 2E width. My feet are happy in my Brooks Adrenalines even though they’re stability shoes. I just figured maybe it was part of my recurring ITB issues being in the ‘wrong’ type of shoe. But we determined it’s probably just a strength issue I have to work on (which really isn’t news to me). However, they were super helpful in providing a great series of exercises to do a couple times a week. So, I’ll be working that Myrtl routine into the mix now. Hopefully that’ll help me out!
Wednesday – 10 min. going through the Myrtl routine for hip/glute strengthening + 20 minutes of lower body weights and squats + 20 minutes of yoga + 30 minute walk with my dog.
I *finally* got up in forearm stand! Wohooo!! Lots more improvements to be made, but I am so pumped I finally have the strength to hold myself up in that position.
Thursday – Unplanned rest day. Sometimes you just need some extra rest. No lie, my hamstrings feel like shredded brisket today. To make matters more humorous, I tried to foam roll my legs and then realized my arms are just about as bad haha! Poor planning on my part doing inversions + leg curls and extensions on the same day and the day before I was supposed to run, but at least I had fun yesterday! 😉 On the plus side, I got caught up with household chores!
Friday – Rest day. Still sore, but feeling a little better. 10-12 min. of going through the Myrtle routine and a whole lot of rest.
Saturday – Ran 12 miles. Chilly & windy morning run!
This was a challenging run. I thought the temperatures would bother me more since this is the coldest it’s been yet this season. It really wasn’t too bad though. With all the layers I had on, I was actually pretty comfortable. I took off my gloves toward the end for a little while. I wore my Nike Thermal Tech running gloves, TekGear fleece jacket, my new Mizuno Breathe Thermo Seamless Half-zip (courtesy of the gift card I won through Gazelle Sports), and long sleeve wicking shirt underneath it all. I always wear more layers than my mom, and probably most people haha! I’m the girl that’s cold all the time ;).
I was pretty exhausted when I finished and decided I’d just lay in the grass for a minute haha! Considering the wind, few hills I did, and my sore hamstrings, I’m a-ok with this one. I stopped back at my car at mile 6 for my Honey Stinger energy gel + some Nuun to wash it down.That ends week 10. Three weeks until race day! As far as weekend long runs go, I’m planning a 13.1 mile run next weekend, then my “taper” run of 8, then it’ll be RACE DAY!! 🙂