So the Boilermaker 15k is coming up in two weeks, and I'm getting excited, it will be my third time running it. I did an 8 mile run on Monday, 7 on Wed and 3 yesterday. Have a 9 miler planned for tomorrow, so I think I'm in good shape. Still have my lingering fear of hills, I've got to get some more in but I'm really afraid of re-injuring my hamstring. I'm dreading the mile long hill at mile 6, but I think if I just take it slow I'll be okay.
After this 15K, I feel good about going for a half marathon, thinking of the Rochester Half this September. The only thing is, I'm not too sure how to go about training for it. I'll probably stick to three runs during the week, then a long one on the weekend. When I run in the afternoon, I have enough energy from lunch to power me through. If it's a morning run, I usually have coffee and something small to get me moving, including water and Powerade Zero. I think I need to dive into using Gu or Powerbars as I start pulling the longer training runs. Not sure how these affect your stomach, I hate getting side stitches, and usually do a good job of avoiding them. Plus do you suck them down in the middle of the workout, or before? A friend of mine has one of those belts that hold small bottles of water, so I think I'm going to invest in one of those as well. I'm really excited to have a new goal, and I think I can see a marathon somewhere in the hazy future. Baby steps.