EEEEK! I’m less than a week away from the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon!

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The signs are up!

Week #11 of training was part of my “taper time.” And because the Taper Crazies get you when the mileage is down, there is a LOT of time for reflection (and apparently, meal planning, as I’ve been pinning and prepping up a storm for the week). To be honest, after I finished the Heartland Half Marathon, I felt like all the stress of running a PR race for Des Moines lift. Then I realized this week THAT I NOW HAVE TO BEAT THAT TIME. I know it still won’t be a 2-hour half, and my work is not done yet, but I am positively EXCITED to put all the good things that I’ve learned this training cycle to WORK. And it will be work.

Is this also where I tell you that I’ve signed up for another half marathon in November? In addition to the trail half that I’m doing in December? Because yay, RUNNING SEASON IS HERE!

MONDAY
Had a wonderful 60-minute sports massage β€” they had this amazing upgrade that included an IcyHot rub-down and hot towels wrapped around my legs. OMG, it felt so nice. And I made sure that I was on the schedule for October 17, too. :)

Otherwise, for the day after a half marathon, I was a little stiff in the morning (after sitting for a few hours), but it passed by the end of the day.

TUESDAY
Rest Day – and Drake & Future concert at night (keeping me up until after 1 am 😩)

WEDNESDAY
Having 4 hours of sleep the previous night and somehow surviving my workday, I swapped my tempo run to Thursday and completed my easy run Wednesday night.

Easy run: 2.66 miles in 30 min
Splits: 11:11 / 11:16 / 11:20

THURSDAY
Tempo run β€” in between an easy one mile warm-up and cool-down β€” and these speedy miles were fun. My last speed workout of this training cycle, and I was really pumped.

Splits: 11:42 / 9:25 / 8:54 / 8:12 / 11:41

FRIDAY
Rest (forgot to foam roll, whomp)

SATURDAY
Woof, dead tired legs for my Saturday afternoon run β€” an easy 3 miles, ending with some Strides. The immediate post-run recovery felt really hard, and I was really out of breath for a while.

Splits: 10:51 / 11:11 / 11:18

Strides (20 sec sprint x 20 sec recovery)
8:03 / 9:36
7:51 / 9:30
7:42 / 8:58
8:05 / 8:12

SUNDAY
My plan called for 6 miles at an increasing pace after 3 miles. I started later than I intended, and I got through 5.13 miles before I ran out of time before our morning plans. It was another rough start on the legs, but by the end I kept wanting to sprint. Man, I feel SO READY for this race!

Splits: 10:24 / 10:45 / 10:39 / 10:09 / 9:10
Total time: 52:06

WEEKLY RUNS: 4
WEEKLY MILES: 15.8
TOTAL TRAINING MILES: 197.36

Wow, the realization that I’ll have over 200 miles in this training cycle just blows my mind. And I got the laundry to prove it!

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So. Much. Laundry.

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