Half Marathon #4 is in two weeks – Long Beach. Yesterday, my running buddy and I set out on our last long run for the training cycle. The weather has been hot and the days are busy, so we decided to head out extra early.
K arrived at my house at 6:10AM. We drove to the beach and set out for 12 miles all at the beach. It’s basically 6 miles from the start of the bike path all the way up to the Manhattan Beach Pier. The last two 12 milers I’ve tackled have been the same route – good luck so far, right?
The run was uneventful, but full of amazing sights. Some breathtaking clouds this early Sunday morning.
Then, look at the view 6 miles up the road – the fog had come in. At least it made for some nice cool weather.
When we finished, we stood in the cool water for a few minutes to soothe our feet.
With the traditional dip in the ocean completed, we are ready for Long Beach.
Our plan for the race is to run together and continue the 3:1 run walk that we’ve been doing on our long runs. K doesn’t like it when I freak her out with my competitiveness, but I think we can break 3 hours and she doesn’t believe me.
I’m using Long Beach as a training run and a fun run to do with my friend. 3 weeks after Long Beach is the LA Rock n Roll Half. I’m running that one alone and am setting some goals. Which brings me to my big questions.
I don’t think I need to do any substantial long runs on the two weekends between the two races. However, I want to work on my speed.
Question #1: does the timing make sense to get in two tempo runs both weekends? Do speed workouts that close to a race help? or is it too late?
Question #2: When I ran 10 miles alone and at a straight running pace, my ITB screamed at me from mile 8 on. But, I’m not sure I can hit my goal pace at the 3:1. Should I work on some short runs at the 3:1 to get to the average pace I’m shooting for? I usually run my midweek runs all running and then do the 3:1 with my friend on our long runs.
Question #3: I’m thinking that both weekends I’ll run 7-9 miles with a few at goal pace. That should be enough to keep me ready for the 13.1 right? Maybe 9 the first and 7 the second? I’m thinking I’ve put in enough long slow mileage at this point to be okay with two weekends of no double digits?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on how to prepare for the 2nd race. Thanks!
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