Friday I got in a good 50 minute workout at the gym. This was the first time I have ever been to the gym and did not cardio. This was mainly because most of the machines were full so I concentrated strictly on strength training. I feel like I got in a good workout. I didn't sweat any less that is for sure!
Today I woke up, had a bananna and two pieces of toast and headed out for my 11 miler. It was around 35 degrees with the wind blowing ESE at 12 miles per hour. I made it though! It was good resistance training going into the wind so if it is windy in Huntington Beach (although I hope it is not!) at least I can say that I have trained it in. I finished 11 miles in 1 hr and 56minutes. At this rate, assuming nothing goes wrong between now and race day, I feel like finishing the half marathon in 2 hours is definately doable for me. I always shave quite a few minutes off my training time in my races b/c my adrenaline is pumping and I am well rested.
I really feel a lot more prepared for this half than my previous one I ran. So, the peak of my training is complete and I plan on continuing with my strength training and running for next week. My long run for next weekend I will keep at 8 miles to adjust to my tapering for the half. I cannot believe that in about 2 weeks I will be in California running on the famous Huntington Beach!
My blog will follow my running journey up to and through my 1st Marathon... Chicago 2010! You will read about my inspirations, PRs (hopefully!), and of course my struggles. So feel free to share your stories as well!