A month from now I will be running (or will just have run!) my first half marathon in five years. In fact, it will have been almost exactly five years to the day since I ran the 2012 RNR USA Half Marathon. It seems too early to have completed all of my long training runs, but that’s what the NYC Half Training Plan I put together tells me.
As you can see, I’ve stayed pretty true to my plan. Even the adjustments I made were sort of planned for, since when I made the plan I knew I might alter the long runs scheduled around my business trip.
United NYC Half Long Runs
I have been doing most of my long runs on the Mount Vernon Trail, which is a paved multi-use path that parallels the Potomac River from Mount Vernon to Roosevelt Island. It’s actually part of the National Park Service and I agree that it is a national treasure. I’ve been starting at Belle Haven Marina and running south for the views — and the hills.
Even though I’ve been doing the same out-and-back route for my 12-milers, the scenery never gets old.
I’ve been really pleased with how well my 12 milers have gone. I’ve been running with a woman in my MRTT group who is training for a marathon–I join her for the middle section of her long runs. Not only does that make the miles seem to go by faster, since she runs at a faster pace than I would, I am completing the long runs faster than I might on my own–but not uncomfortably s0.
And the hills? The hills are short but steep enough to challenge my legs without wearing them out.
I’m also pleased with how well my body has tolerated the long runs. While my legs are definitely tired afterwards, I haven’t been exhausted, and I’ve been able to keep up with my other weekend activities.
Are you counting down to a spring race yet?