This week went very well. I ended up doing three training runs during the week (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday). Thursday was completely a social run. I could have run faster, but I chose not to since I had 19 miles on the schedule for Saturday (and Coach Chris said to not run fast on any extra runs).
My Monday run was a group run. We had three of us and we did an easy 3 miler.
Tuesday run was more challenging because we did a run that had portions that I had never done before. We had a great view and it was awesome (just like the rest of my runs). This was a group run as well. See a theme here? This run was 5 miles, but it felt really good. Afterwards I accepted the ice bucket challenge. I did this because I was challenged by one of my friends that I ran with both on Monday and Tuesday. I knew this would happen eventually... but it was because I opened my big mouth. This truly felt good after a somewhat challenging and hilly 5 mile run.
Thursday we did 4 miles. This was again a social run and nothing out of the ordinary needs reported. Felt awesome and I kept it a social run even though I know I was capable of running with some of my friends that were a little faster, but I kept my word. I said I would not run fast on my extra social run so I didn't :-).
Today, Saturday was a fantastic 19 miler run. I ran the first about 7 miles by myself. Then I met up with my running buddy to run the other 11-12 miles. This was fantastic because it helped me have the support when I needed it. Notable things about this run: we saw several deer at three different times (pays to get out there early!)
So how do I feel? I'm writing this blog about 3 hours after I finished and I am feeling strong. I did get an ice bath which helped my legs a lot. Overall, I'm very pleased with how things went. My running buddy asked me what I thought about my goal for a sub 2 hour half marathon. I believe I said something to the effect that I am fully confident that I will get a new personal record of faster than 2:15 minutes. I'm uncertain about getting faster than 2 hours, but I know that if everything lines up (weather and how things going race morning). What I do know is that the confidence that going almost a 10K beyond the race distance really helps me realize that I am strong enough to do this.
Next week I have repeats (14x800). Then the following week is Bird in Hand Half Marathon. I'm super excited that my training has gone so well. I will keep you posted.