Yep, in January I set a goal to run not ONE but TWO half marathons this year, so I registered for one in the Spring, The Toronto Women’s Half Marathon, and another in the fall, The ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The fall race is THIS Sunday!
I’m really hoping that all of the training that I’ve done the past two months will get me through the race – it’s been really tough tying to find the time to get my training in as my husband has only been home 1 weekend in the past 6 weeks – I’ve had to run quite a bit pushing the double jogging stroller, including one 15.3k run!
This past week was a bit of a bust. On Sunday I pulled my quad muscle while doing a very lame attempt at a sprint from home to first base in my softball game, so I had to rest my leg… It was really hard for me mentally to rest, especially since my hubby was in Barcelona, Spain. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â While he’s away I need that running time more than anything because it helps me be that much more patient with the kiddos. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Thankfully healthy eating helped me get through – even though admittedly I did do some emotional eating.
On Friday my leg was finally well enough to run, except I had all of the kids home with me. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I tied to convince 4 yo Brooke to ride in the double jogger with her baby sister Amber, but she insisted on riding her bike (a bike with the training wheels still on). 6 yo Sierra also rode alongside me, and although we were REALLY slow, they made me super duper proud:
WE RAN/BIKED 5K TOGETHER!!
Yeah! My 4 yo rode her bike 5 kilometers (3 miles for you non-metric folk). Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I’m so proud of her!
Then on Saturday I managed to sneak out with the baby in the jogging stroller to run 10k. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I was hoping to get out again on Sunday, but I honestly didn’t feel like running, so I enjoyed our family time instead.
This week is taper/carbo-load week as my body prepares for the half marathon on Sunday. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â With that in mind my goal is to run 5k easy and slow on Tuesday and Thursday, then rest until the BIG RACE on Sunday!
How do you prepare for a race? Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â What training, if any, do you do during taper week?
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