I wish there were an actual recipe for progress.
Training for a half marathon was a great idea before I knew I would be traveling twice in March (although those are quick trips) and twice in April, which are longer trips. One is almost a whole week.
I have played with the training spreadsheet and rearranged some of the workouts so that I still get all the right ones each week, but maybe not in the same order...and no back-to-back rest days. I know it will be fine. I have to keep reminding myself that taking on 13.1 miles at a point in my life where I couldn't even run 2 miles is pretty remarkable. And I am not doing this just for me. This is the reminder I need that the goal is to finish. And if I love it, I can do the next one for speed.
That all being said, two weeks ago I ran 4 miles in 52 minutes. On Saturday I ran with Lisa and got in 4 miles in 49 minutes. That's progress. Great progress. And while each run is a mile farther than the last long run, none is more difficult than the one before it. That means that I am getting stronger. I actually feel like it might be possible.
I will be in MP on April 20. On Thursday the 21st I am scheduled to run 4.5 miles, but will make it a nice even 5 if it makes sense. So, a 2.5 mile out and back. Any suggestions on the route?