Sunday, April 2 – No workout. We had a great day at church and in the evening I enjoyed watching WrestleMania 33 with my oldest daughter. Yep, I enjoy watching wrestling!
Monday, April 3 – Celebrated both opening day and UNC playing for the National Championship tonight by running 5.3 miles at a 9:59 pace. I used 2:00/:30 intervals and forced myself to keep things at an easy pace. Considering I have my first half of the year on Saturday, there’s no reason to do anything stupid.
Tuesday, April 4 – After a late night of watching my Tar Heels bring home their 6th National Championship in basketball, I got out the door for a solid 4.8 at a 9:56 pace. Still forcing myself to go easy on the pace ahead of Saturday’s half marathon. I’m also running longer intervals during the week (2:00/:30) than I will use on Saturday (1:30/:30)
Wednesday, April 5 – Rest Day. I’ll admit, rest days are hard for me, but it’s a half marathon week, so I will not underestimate the importance of staying fresh ahead of the race.
Thursday, April 6 – IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!! Celebrated with 5.3 miles at a comfortable 9:58 pace. Today was the first day this week that slowing it down didn’t bother me. It was a nice, comfortable run. Feeling great about my half on Saturday! We celebrated my birthday at The Cheesecake Factory here in Virginia Beach. I think I ate too much. LOL!!
Friday, April 7 – One last slow run before my half tomorrow. I did 3.5 miles using my half marathon intervals (:90/:30), but really made sure to not over exert. I just wanted to stretch everything out a bit. Today’s run also put me over 400 miles for the year! Race day tomorrow!!
Saturday, April 8 – Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon. It was a chilly 39 degrees at race time today. I went out with a game plan and stuck to it. I ran mile 1, then settled into my :90/:30 intervals until I was at 12.6 miles. I then ran the final half mile in. Finished with a half marathon PR of 2:07:52 which smashed my previous PR (set at the Baltimore Half) of 2:27:19. Such a fantastic day to run. The Garmin had me at 13.16 miles at a 9:43 pace.
2017 RACE SCHEDULE
March 18 – Shamrock 8k (Va. Beach) 42:35 (PR)
April 8 – Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon (Chesapeake, VA) 2:07:52 (PR)
June 3 – Downhill at Dawn Half Marathon (Ridgecrest, NC)
October 28 – Anthem Wicked 10k (Va. Beach)
November 11 – Richmond Marathon (Richmond, VA)
WTD – 32.06
JANUARY – 141.60
FEBRUARY MTD – 111.50
MARCH MTD – 125.20
APRIL MTD – 36.56
YTD – 414.86
MILES TO GOAL OF 1,500 – 1,085.14
CURRENT WEIGHT – 238.2 (No Change)