Weekly Training Log:
Monday, April 28th: Rest
Tuesday, April 29th: 5 miles running, Barre fitness class
Wednesday, April 30th: 7 miles running, 2 fitness classes (Bootcamp and Muscle Works)
Thursday, May 1st: Barre fitness class
Friday, May 2nd: 5.1 miles running
Saturday, May 3rd: 4 miles running
Sunday, May 4th: 16 miles running
Total: 37.1 miles running
I had one day off to rest from the half marathon, and then I was full speed ahead with training for my marathon coming up on June 21st! I was tired on Monday, but not really sore, so it was fairly easy to start running again after DC.
All my training runs went pretty well during the week, and I had my longest run ever on Sunday – 16 miles! I was nervous to say the least, because I have never run that far, and I woke up extra early on Sunday to head out to the trail. I picked a new trail to go on because the park I usually go to is not big enough for the kind of length. So I chose to check out Grant’s Trail in St. Louis County. The trail is 8 miles long, so it was perfect for me for this run! I parked at the start of the trail, ran the 8 miles, then looped back around to finish up the 16 miles. I was tired during the run, but it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be! This week, my long run is 18 miles, but I definitely have more confidence now that I have a 16 mile run under my belt.
My biggest problem during the run (besides getting a blister on my toe, UGH!) was staying hydrated. I run with a 21-ounce water bottle, and while that is sufficient for 13.1 miles, I definitely need something else for my upcoming long runs as I ran out of water pretty quickly on this run (I drank more than usual because it was really hot out as well). I am thinking of getting a hydration backpack from Camelbak, so if anyone has any experience using one, please let me know if you like it!