I have reached the end of my first three months in preparation for the Half Ironman. Over the past few months I have increased my endurance and built my base. I see where I still need to work over the next several months. I’ve missed some key days due to travel. Fall is always a busy travel time for me and now things slow down until summer. I should do much better in the coming months.
This morning I completed another half marathon and, as usual, learned several things. My right leg has been bothering me again but, even so, I started strong. I had a really good 7 miles. My times were pretty consistent and I was feeling pretty good. At mile 8 I simply lost it though. I started a walk/run, still thinking that I could meet the goal I had set for myself but it didn’t happen. I am not sure if I could have just kept going if I had not walked at mile 8. I could never really get going again at the same pace though One good thing was that my toes did not hurt until mile 7. That’s 2 more miles than usual. I did finish, however.
One of the things I learned, or realized, was that I was not well hydrated. I began to really feel this around mile 9. I’ve had some problems on and off with this but more often when I cycle than when I run. After the race I was thinking about it and realized that when I am off for a couple of days that I don’t tend to drink as much water as I do when I am working. I do fine on the weekends but give me a break and I drink coffee. It is something I need to pay attention to more.
The next few days are recovery. I have time to rest and regroup before we begin the next round. I will try to write some more about training over the past few months. Right now I am going to watch football and enjoy the rest of the day at the beach.