I can’t really believe it, but it’s already RACE WEEK!
Last Wednesday, I ran my final long run of 12 miles, so this week it’s all about the taper. I felt great after the 12 mile run with minimal soreness the days following, which was definitely a change from prior training runs. Overall, I feel a bit weird about this race. I can’t really explain it, but I almost feel as though running a half marathon has lost it’s luster since I have completed a full. Now, I’m not saying that I don’t need to train to run a half or that it’s easy to get in the mileage…but it definitely feels different.
Here is a look at my final weeks of training.
WEEK 7 RECAP
I completed this run just after my hot yoga session, which was probably a bad idea. I was honestly doing it mostly so that Bernie could get some exercise in, but I quickly realized that next time I complete a hot yoga session a walk afterwards would be just fine!
It’s amazing how 6 miles feels like such a short distance after completing higher mileage. Just like usual, Bernie did wonderful and stayed right by my side.
WEEK 8 RECAP
The weather was seriously PERFECT this day. I brought along a little treat for Bernie to eat half way and I ate half a larabar at mile 6 as well. My stomach and energy levels were great! After the run, I did a bit of stretching and walking and was not sore the days after the run. This was surprising to me, since I don’t do a TON of running when I’m not training, but I’m definitely not complaining about it 🙂
This was just a casual, easy jog with Bernie and his littermate/brother. We ran to the dog park and then ran/walked home. Honestly, it was just what I needed after that 12 miler!
This week, I have a few shorter runs planned for Wednesday (today) and Thursday. Friday, I will probably do a tabata class and then Saturday I will focus on stretching and walking (and sleeping!). I’m getting excited for the actual race!
Questions about running with a dog?!
I feel like I’ve learned a TON about running with a dog through this experience and I would be happy to answer any questions you guys may have!! Feel free to leave them in the comments below, e-mail me (trebleinthekitchen at gmail dot com), or send me something on one of my social channels.
I hope you all have a fantastic and active week!