Well, I set a new standard for myself today, and I'm hoping I can improve on it in the 4 weeks I have until the Half Marathon. But before we get to that, let me re-cap the week.
Biked to work and back on Sunday. Rested by taking the bus on Monday.
I had the day off on Tuesday so I got some running in. 12.5km total, 5km of which I ran barefoot, mostly on the monkey trails in Assiniboine Park near the river. It was an incredibly windy day, so I got in some involuntary resistance training every time I ran south! I did learn that my moving average was way too slow. 7.3km/h sets me up for a 5 hour half marathon!!! Yikes! Granted, there was a good deal of time walking, and stopping to water the dog in there... Regardless, I needed to improve.
Well, I biked to work and back on Wednesday, which felt good. And then it was on to today's run...
Ok, so it was a landmark run for me. 22.6km total, which is about the distance of the half marathon itself. I ran through the trails and along Wellington Crescent all the way to the Maryland Bridge before meeting up with a friend of mine, Keith, who was traveling by bike. He then paced me all the way back along the same route, until we detoured through the Park and onto a swampy trail through Assiniboine Forrest. The entire run up until this point (about 15km) has been barefoot! My moving average over that period increased to just over 10km/h, which is a great improvement.
Over all, my moving average only improved a bit, to 8.5km/h, but that includes some walking... Granted, most of that walking, was done knee deep in swamp water through Assiniboine Forest! (What was I thinking!!)
So once we'd navigated the swamp (still barefoot) we jogged down Grant and over to my Parent's place for a pit stop and some more water. From there, we jogged to Quiznos, to pick up a hearty lunch, and then I walked/ran/walked back to my place from there. The last bit from my parent's place onwards was done in my VFFs, as I'd discovered some rather large blood blisters, and didn't want to risk opening them up in the parking lots on the way home.
The total trip took a dismal 3:51, but with a total moving time of 2:35. That's about 45-50 minutes slower than I want to be come race day, but when you consider the trails I was running, and walking through a swamp, I think I did OK! I'm going to have to start bringing a camera along and taking some pictures for the blog!
Until next time, happy barefootting!
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