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Training: Week 12

I swear I am not trying to run fast.

But someway, somehow, I am mysteriously getting faster. I had been slowly noticing the progression over the last several weeks, but this week it was unmistakable.

ALL of my runs were PRs. Every. Single. One.

I kicked if off Monday by tackling my 3-miler in 32:09, beating my previous record of 33:11. I knew I could do it — during longer runs I have been hitting the pace. But for some reason it took nearly a month for me to have a good short run. FINALLY! That was a great way to start the week.

Tuesday, I finished my 5 miles in 53:26, beating my old best of 55:54. HELLO! Where was this speed coming from?
Yep, these legs are moving faster than ever!

Thursday, I had to take Kenlee for the 5 miles, and we finished in 52:50. WHAT?! I nearly peed my pants (or maybe I already did a little — I am a mother runner after all!).

Saturday I was feeling intimidated by my my first 10-mile run. Hitting the double digits was a whole new territory for me, and 10 miles just gave me a daunting feeling that none of my other runs had to this point.

Even though any finish would have technically been a PR, I was cruising along the Rivergreenway (we made up after the epic bike disaster from before). The long — but awesome — run took me 1:47:35. My average pace was 10:45/mile. When I started training in June, my average pace was just under 12:00/mile — and that was when my longest run was 3 miles!

My only goal for the half marathon is to finish, so I chose a training plan that focused on distance, not speed. At no point did I intend to get faster — I figured I would still be running 12 minute miles in October!

At this point, I'm going to chalk it all up to the overwhelming desire to be DONE. As the miles get longer, I am anxious for the training to be over and the race to get here. I want to take each session and check the box, cross it off the list or stick a smiley sticker on it (figuratively, though I think a sticker chart would've been a great idea).

I often catch myself thinking, "The faster you run, the faster it's done." It helps me keep my pace strong when I want to slow down. Obviously, it works!

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