Well, today I officially began my half-marathon training. As a runner! I pretty much made up my own training plan, basing it off of the one I used for my last half. But that one had me jumping by 2 miles every increase, and I was not comfortable with that. I worked it out and I have just enough weeks to increase by half a mile each week to get me to 12.5 miles, plus two taper weeks before the actual race.
I added up the mileage for my long runs. 166 miles.
I'm down 3.5 miles today. =)
I worried a little bit about it today... I have had a total slacker week. I really hadn't done anything physical since Tuesday. But it was a great run, I didn't struggle mentally, and my pace was awesome! 13:32! That's taking into account the quarter-mile warm up and cool down walking, so I was super stoked. My second mile was 12:24! My 5k pace was 14:30ish... so a definite improvement.
I'd love to do my half in 3 hours. I'd need to keep a pace similar to today's to do it. That will be my goal, but I'll be happy just to finish it running the entire thing.
I think as the summer heats up, that I might have to get up early in the morning to run. Today wasn't bad, and my route was shady 80% of the time, but I'm sure I'm in for some torture in the upcoming weeks.