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Half Marathon Training Week Fifteen (9/18/2010) 8 mile Long Run

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Ya, I can run faster but I choose to ~TRAIN TO RACE NOT RACE TO TRAIN~

Today's stats:

early morning
62 degrees
75% humidity
wind NE 5 mph

Long Run 12 miles
12:28 AP

Long run 8 miles
12:20 AP (2/:30 intervals)
797 calories burned
144 av bpm HR

1) 12:25 (140)
2) 12:31 (143)
3) 12:19 (142)
4) 12:08 (146)
5) 12:06 (144)
6) 12:20 (144)
7) 12:10 (150)
8) 11:50 (155)

Today's long run was scheduled for 12 miles and I was advised to pare that down to 8 miles for a better taper and I did not argue one iota. When I use Smart Coach for Princess I am going to make that adjustment right away on the schedule.

This was the last long run for my HM training this go around and I am very relieved that it is done. I felt very strong with even pacing. It was as though my body knew exactly what speed to run and set the ruise control. I truly enjoyed my run today and I am feeling very very confident going into Week 16 of training. A week from tomorrow is showtime and I am ready and I am excited.

I also ran without my handheld and added another bottle to my Amphipod belt. It is my plan NOT to run with my handheld as I found carrying it for very long runs is very tiring on my arms. Also, with carrying it my arm swing is not as effective. It works for shorter runs, but for long ones...for get it. I felt very strange without my Nathan QuikDraw but I felt lighter. I had my Amphipod exactly how I will have it for my HM and even though there is alot on the belt, I cannot feel it as it is distributed evenly around my waist.

For the final week I have little easy runs to keep the legs limber but nothing that will eat into my glycogen stores nor tire my legs. I am ready as I have trained hard, consistently and smartly. BRING IT!!

Until next time...


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  • SHORTY20
    Congratulations, you did great!
    3851 days ago
    Wow, what an inspiring story. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Indeed, your mother was watching over you.
    You really do ROCK!
    3851 days ago
    Yeah, I don't carry water very often on runs, but it always makes me feel lopsided, and my arm ends up stiff, regardless of how often I swap hands. I'm a little behind the curve on the carrying stuff front. I just picked up a little runners pack last week to carry my cell phone.

    Guess I run nekked most of the time.
    3860 days ago
    good luck on resting during your taper and on a great race!
    3860 days ago
    good choice scaling it back...I just told a friend to do the same thing. Did you get to run in the rain too? I will be looking for you next week!
    3860 days ago
    Way to go Laurie!!! Are you getting nervous for next week?? I sure am!!
    3860 days ago
  • FT4EVR
    Can't believe the big race is a week and a day away! You said it best....Bring it! You are sooo ready for it!

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    3861 days ago
    So exciting this is your last long run!! It's coming up so fast! Great run! Keep loose! emoticon
    3861 days ago
    Great job!! You ROCK :). It was nice to know that we were virtual partners, kept me going at some point during the run! Glad you paired it down to 8 miles -- SmartCoach doesn't really have much of a taper and I've always wondered why it neglects one of the most important part about training.

    I always wear my Camelbak [35oz] on longer runs and I work it during my HM on 9/5/10. I enjoy having water at my disposal because I take a small sip at each walk break so that I stay hydrated throughout [during my first HM, it looked like there would be water stops at every 1-1.5 mile mark but they were more like ever 2-2.5 miles which is just too long for me to go without at least a sip of water here and there. I definitely wouldn't carry my handheld either though -- my arms get tired and to be honest, I just like to have my hands free during a race. More comfortable that way :).
    3861 days ago
    Wonderful job; wonderful plan; wonderful YOU!!!

    So proud of you and right by your side all the way to finish! Count on it!!!

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    3861 days ago
    Another thing to remember as you empty your bottles - the belt will feel lopsided - if you must rotate bottles forward backward and side to side.

    Great run
    3861 days ago
    Looks like a great run! Glad you are feeling better.

    For what it's worth, I did not carry water in either of my races. Looking over the race maps, I could see that there were very frequent water stops, so I decided to rely on them. Which meant I was much lighter and unencumbered while running and still got plenty of hydration. Since I run/walk anyway, walking through the water stops didn't bother me at all.
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    3861 days ago
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