Jennifer Fontanez is a kindergarten teacher in South Jersey who is training for her first half marathon.
In less than a week I will be at the boardwalk, listening to the ocean, oh, and also running the Wild Half Marathon!
Last week was the first of two taper training weeks, which I definitely enjoyed. The schedule had much shorter training runs to give my body a much-needed break; the long run at the end of the week was only 6 miles. I have been keeping track of my general run time to make sure I am staying on pace and have seen a huge improvement. At the start of training, three miles felt like it took forever, and I was also running about a 10:50 mile for the 3-mile. At that pace for a short distance, it had me wondering how long it was going to take to run the half marathon. However, last week I ran my 4 mile and 5 mile runs at a 9:57 mile pace. That is a huge improvement and reminded me just how much training has prepared me for the big race.
There’s a few other things that I've been paying attention to other than the running (but admittedly still related!). I've been eating right and staying consistently hydrated. Also, while there’s plenty of great new things to check out at running expos, I have been heeding others' warning: Do not try anything new on race day!