The first run in Week 3 of half marathon training is in the books! I finally decided between the two halves I have been debating- the winner is the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon on Nov 17! I am very excited to be running this race- it will be my debut half marathon. My goal is simply to have fun and to finish.
This is the view I was working with tonight. It felt muggy throughout the water portions (definitely warmer than our previous run on this trail). I did not take RT in the stroller- I never take him at night in the stroller by myself. Only if E comes along, do I run with the stroller at night. It’s not worth the risk to me- if (God forbid) something were to happen, I want at least one of us to be able to run off with the baby.
3 easy miles! I decided to make the first mile a bit of speedwork. I was pretty gassed by the time mile 3 hit, but all in all I kept a good pace. I decided to be generous with myself and quote a 13 min mile time for the half. As long as I keep hitting numbers like these in my cycle, I think I’ll be well below my time estimate come race day!
Now obviously, I did stop to take photos. That’s why you will notice my total time for the run is longer than my mile splits. I’ve also found myself turning into quite the trail runner. You’ll notice in the photo below, there is a small path off to the side of the pavement. That’s where 2.5 out of the 3 miles happened. And I kind of love it. I’m sensing a potential trail race in my future… (An Ultra? Maybe? Too soon?)
I really can’t emphasize the beauty of this trail enough. It made me emotional tonight. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been scared out of my mind to register for the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon. What if I decided running wasn’t for me, after all? What if I sustained an injury? What if my training was ineffective, and it was all for naught? Getting myself outdoors and in nature made me realize real quick, the insignificance of those thoughts. I needed to get out of my own way. And I did. Tears may have been shed, but I’ll never tell.
For the comments section:
Will any of you be joining me for the Biofreeze Berkeley Half?
Are you generous with your mile times when registering for a race? Or do you give yourself a pace to work up to?
Until next time! – K