Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Half Marathon Training: Week 13

Total Miles This Week: 34.75
Total Miles Overall: 321.25 Miles

Workouts Completed:
Tuesday: 5.75 Miles (5 miles slow- 10:00 avg pace, with faster intervals for last 0.75 miles- 8:58 avg pace)
Friday: 9 Miles (10:06 avg pace)
Saturday: 6 Miles (10:08 avg pace)
Sunday: 14 Miles (8 miles steady-10:20 avg pace, 4 miles fast- 9:42 avg pace, 2 miles steady- 10:40 avg pace)

This week was PEAK WEEK! Aka- the hardest week of training with the most mileage. After Sundays run I started tapering to get my legs ready for my Oct 18th race! The hardest part of training is over!!!

I was really worried about mastering this week, however. On Tuesday I started to come down with a bad cold- sneezing, sore throat, swollen glands- the worst!! My general remedy to ward off colds is Oil of Oregano. I take 4 drops in a glass of orange juice every morning from the moment I start feeling "off". It works like a charm! Generally I am REALLY tired and worn out for a couple days and then I am back to 100%. I did my Tuesday run as the cold hadn't really sunk it's teeth in yet, and then I basically slept Wed/Thurs. On Friday I felt about 95% so I got out there and thankfully I completed all my runs so I am still on track with training!

My main rule for running while sick is to listen to your body and see if I need to rest vs just sniffling but otherwise fine. Also, I wouldn't run if the issue was below the neck- don't mess with lungs or stomach! So on Tuesday and Friday I felt fine, just had a bit of a runny nose, so out the door I went! I also packed some tissues in my running belt, but never needed them. Running seems to be a great way to clear the sinuses!

I am now getting super excited for race day to get here! I have done everything possible to prepare and I am READY!

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