If you have been reading along, you'll know that I'm only three weeks out from my half marathon! Each weekend I've been making longer and longer runs to help train for my eventual 13.1 miles in central park. I've run 10K races in the past and never really trained for them. BF and I ran a Spartan Super last year that wound up being 11 miles, we trained one day for that race and ate crossant sandwiches the morning of the race. I decided that neither of these tactics would be a good idea for my upcoming half marathon, I wanted to do it right.
Instead, I mapped my run online, trying to find the right route from my parents house that would give me an 8 mile loop. It also had to avoid running up the highway overpass near their house. I decided upon a route that was just longer than 8 miles and crossed only one 4-lane highway. It was also on a series of roads that I grew up driving down. I'm very familiar with the roads of my hometown and I know exactly when each road intersects. This proved an amazing bonus when running.
After running 8.47 miles in 82 minutes and burning almost nine hundred calories, I had no qualms with eating a big slice of cake for dads birthday that night.