That sure seems like a really long time in training/prep for the 1/2 IM.
I've only been awake for a few hours but day 1 is going great :-)
I did my 25 minute EZ run that was on the schedule. I ran 2.52 miles with an average pace of 9:55m/m.
That darn two minute warm up killed my pace.
I actually ran 23 minutes at 9:40m/m, but that was probably a little too fast for me for my EZ runs right now, but I wanted to finish with better than 10m/m. I'm not sure what I have against 10m/m these days, but I'm determined to break out of my rut of the last couple of years and start running faster again. And by fast...I don't mean really fast, but...oh never mind.
So you guys know I've been running in Nike Frees since ending physical therapy on my ankles/shins. The main reason for choosing the frees is because they are the only shoe I could find that didn't hurt my achilles. Other more supportive running shoes have such a high/stiff achilles support that it just kills me. However, I am worried about wanting more cushion and Coach suggested I try heal supports with the frees to see if it would help with my tight shins. I finally got around to trying them out today...
...and my shins felt great, but now my left achilles is kind of barking at me. They also didn't seem to help my left butt cheek, but maybe with time. I'll see how the next couple of runs go. I've only been running on my very cushiony treadmill (other than the race last week) and I'm just a wee bit worried about how my shins are going to react once I start doing group runs on the road.
In honor of the first day of training, I decided to try to eat a little healthier and being inspired by Racing Dawn and Miles, Muscles & Mommyhood and their Paleo endeavors, I slurped down a Protein Smoothie for breakfast that included lots of berries and spinach...
I like my smoothies served in a bowl. Then I pour some coconut oil on top and it hardens into a little paleo candy shell.