It's been a tough week. I'm trying to push my awful Hottest Half time out of my mind. I'm just really ready for it to cool down. Every single run is challenging and I don't remember it feeling like this when I trained for Rock n Roll last winter/spring. I was only running 2-3 days a week then. I'm running 4-5 now. I should be in better shape! So, temperatures please drop. Paces please drop. Perceived exertion please drop. OK? Good.
All that being said, I'm not getting in all the cross training I would like to do. If something has to get dropped from the schedule, it's going to be a Core class or yoga or strength training. I'm working 2 days this week, which sounds like nothing, but they're (at least) 12 hour days, depending on whether we actually get out on time. That makes a 5:30am run sound not very enticing, but I'm doing my best to get it done. Some regular early morning running buddies make it better. Without them, I can promise you I would not be getting out of bed 2 hours before I have to. All I can do is my best, right?
I also have to remind myself that my next half (September 25) is not my "A" race. Of course it would be nice to PR, but I have lots of other opportunities this fall to PR and get my sub-2... including a nice little DOUBLE HALF MARATHON on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. My tentative plan is to race the half marathon hard on NYE and take it easy on NYD. I've already registered. The race is local and lots of friends will be there. The race bling is really cool- you earn what looks like half of a medal for your race on each day, and for completing races on both days you get a plate that allows you to insert both medals for the full big medal. It should be a really great weekend! Only 3 more half marathons between now and then.