Wondering what all these letters are? Check out my first letter, second letter and third letter to myself for more details. Every week, I shall be writing a letter to the future half-marathoner of 26 March 2017, sending out good vibes, keeping her training in check and overall pushing her from today until race day. Hope you enjoy it!
Dear 26 March Self,
Today’s my fourth letter to you. In 3 weeks, you’ll be tip toeing to the start line of your first half-marathon. No No! You’re not going to freak out yet. This week was the last week of high mileage before taper time. I think you did alright. Remember, how horrible your legs felt last week. But, that changed this week drastically and you’ll know why, in just a bit. So, here’s what you accomplished this week:
Since you did your long run of 11 miles on Sunday, today definitely called for taking it light. It was going to be a recovery run of 30 minutes. Not too bad. But, your legs were feeling like crap the whole of last week. So, you decided to give running a pass and instead, you made a date with your foam roller. Boy are you going to thank me for the rest of the week.
Hill repeats!!! Physically, you felt so great. 6x hills and usually by the 6th, you feel like a dead possum. But, today, you felt great. Now you realize why I push you so much to foam roll at least once a week. 30 minutes can make such a huge difference.
Mandatory rest day – you really take them seriously, don’t you?
It called for a 4 mile run, with 2 miles at tempo speed. But since, you are so terrible at pacing, you ended up doing 3 miles at exactly half-marathon pace and called it a day. You felt great and it was not forced. So, no regrets!
3.05 miles @15:44.mile in 46:44
Rest day – physically. Mentally, my thoughts were running around everywhere just thinking of the longest run I had to get in the next day. Also, you were featured on ‘Healthy Living Blogs‘. Talking about running is almost like running right?
I am just going to say one thing. You did it. The longest run of your lifetime….yet!
12 miles @16:02/mile in 3:12:58
Splits –> 16:12, 16:03, 15:53, 16:23, 15:52, 15:39, 16:14, 15:47, 17:10, 16:13, 15:32, 15:28
Last long run of this training cycle and first 12-miler of this life - DONE! Always a blessing to run by this beauty for hours, ending in cupcakes to celebrate @charmcityrun baltimore's 5-year anniversary!! Everyday is a celebration to be alive and to be able to run. Taper time officially begins. Accepting only carbs and good vibes please!!! . . . #firsthalfmarathon #13point1 #phillyloverun #3weekstogo #baltimore #charmcity #charmcityrun #runnow #fearlater #yougotthis #nuunambassador #sweatpinkambassador #iamempowered #teamnuun #bmorelove #mdinfocus #asseenonmyrun #maryland #locatebaltimore #visitbaltimore #naptimestartsnow
Simple recovery run for 30 minutes to wrap up the week.
Overall you’re very pleased with this week. You did everything you had to do. Greattt job on speeding up the last two miles of your long run. That mental tenacity is going to pay off on race day. Remember: it’s all mental. You hydrated well. Remember how great you felt after foam rolling. Do that often please, pretty please. No regrets on race day. You’re almost there. So it’s the same advice. Take each day as it comes. Be smart and cautious!! No stupid things until then. Condition your mind to be positive. Love each day of the last few days of training. 20 weeks culminates soon. Taper time has officially begun (shut up…. you’re not stuffing your face with carbs… everything in moderation).
Your T-3 weeks self
PS: Show yourself who is the boss!