My knee is feeling much better after a few days rest. Yay! I was actually able to complete my 10mile long run this afternoon.
What went well:
The run/walk thing is working pretty well for me. I think this will allow me to complete the half marathon mostly pain & injury free. I'm especially pleased at how my knee is feeling after the run.
Nutrition plan is working okay. I carried three 8oz bottles filled with Accelerade, one 8 oz bottle filled with water, and a cell phone on my hydration belt. I carried two gels in my pockets. I took one gel at mile 5. Never took the other. I drank everything; it seemed like just enough. I think carrying the same on the half marathon, plus taking advantage of aid stations will be a good plan for me.
I decided to run in my new navy and orange running skirt. It was awesome. I definately want weather that allows me to run in that on race day. I'm also toying with the idea of wearing it for one of my sprint triathlons this year, the only downside is lack of padding for the bike.
What didn't go so well:
I'm not sure how to feel about my average pace of 12:56 min/mi. today. Here's the dilema. I'm actually supposed to be targetting 50-90seconds slower than my target race pace. I need to run just under 11:30 on race day, so 12:56 for my long easy run is just inside the window. Technically, it was a good pace for a training run. However, I'm honestly not sure that I *can* go much faster than that on race day. Once again, my splits show me slowing down by about 15-20 seconds per mile over the course of the 10 mile run. No negative or even splits for me, and it's not for lack of trying. So I couldn't speed it up for the last few miles today, why should I believe I can speed it up on race day for the whole thing?!?!
10 mile run accomplished. Run/walk interval working out nicely. Nutrition on track. Running skirts rock.
Confidence of hitting goal time, not so high at the moment. But we have a few weeks to work on that, right?!?