Jeeze it's hard to work a full, five-day work week after having 2 short weeks in a row. Lucky for me, I am taking a 1/2 day on Friday. Wooohooo!
I was undecided about the 2-a-day thing this week. On one hand, I figured since I was running the 1/2 that I could go ahead with the 2-a-days. (If I was running the full, I would be tapering and just following the Houston Fit schedule.) On the other hand, I thought that since I have been having so many little aches and pains, that I should take it easy this week. No sense in making things worse and possibly not running at all on Sunday. The final decision - compromise...I will complete one workout each day. Monday, Tuesday & Thursday will be the scheduled Houston Fit runs. Wednesday and Friday will be my core workout days. I will take it easy on Saturday and stay off my feet. Oh, and I will ice my shins every night as I watch TV.
Yes, this runner girl is planning to get lots of crap TV in over the next 2 weeks after the kiddo is in bed and the hubby is at work. I don't get to watch much TV when school is in session, so my plan is to OD over the next 2 weeks...Apprentice, Grey's, ER, Heroes re-runs, Grease, and heck, I may even stoop to an all new low and watch some "My Super Sweet Sixteen" or that new dance reality show on MTV. I know, I know...it sounds super lazy, but I will still get in some good running and plenty of quality time with the hubby and kiddo.
I am also debating about running with the fuel belt on Sunday. I've always worn it when I've run a full marathon, mainly because I could hydrate during my scheduled walk breaks. It worked well for me, because I didn't have to take an extra walk break during my 5-minute run. However, the 1/2 is a completely different creature. And, I haven't run an official 1/2 marathon since 2002. That was back when I had no clue what a fuel belt was and it was the longest distance I had ever run. Hell, I was still wearing cotton socks and shirts and I thought gu was some weird green stuff my nephews liked to play with. I think it will just depend on the weather. If it's warm and muggy, I may carry my amphipod bottle so I can hydrate whenever I want. If it's cool, I will probably just go with the race water stations.
One thing I don't have to debate is when to celebrate by upcoming birthday. It's not until next Thursday, but since I am running the 1/2 on Sunday and earning approximately 13 GLORIOUS WW ACTIVITY POINTS, I am going to use that day to celebrate! Yea me! :-) No sense letting those extra points go to waste. You see, those activity points have to be consumed on the same day you earned them. Since I seriously doubt that I will be running another 13.1 miles on Thursday, I think that it's a great plan. Pappasito's here I come...get out the maragaritas!
As I am typing this, the weather forecast is on and I am trying my hardest to ignore it. Unfortunately, I can't! Frank says a temp of 50 with 50% chance of rain...go away Frank, go away! :-)
Conditions - treadmill
Total run time - 35 minutes EASY
Total distance - 2.91 miles
Pace - 12.01
Total points consumed - 26 (too many IMO)
Activity points earned - 3
Flex point used - 3 (total of 10 used for the week)