Oh yes, I know I've asked before. I'll probably keep asking all the way up to the race! You're okay with that, right? You get to see all the pretty red X's for runs I've done already. It's exciting!
So here's the thing...
I'm terr-i-fied. Let me clarify...I'm terrified of long runs. I ran 8 miles, my longest run, this summer, and then I was out for nearly two months with an injury for pushing it. I am so worried that I'll get injured as I up the miles again. Anything 8 and above just makes me shudder.
Anyway. I changed things a little because where you see the "7" on the blue, was going to be a 5K race but I decided I didn't really want to do that race. It's pretty expensive and the one review from last year didn't look promising. So, I had to start upping my miles and I decided that a half a mile each week might work? I know Galloway (I don't do run/walk, but have looked at his training programs) bounces around each week, only doing long runs every 2 weeks, but I'm worried that might actually be harder on my body than just upping it a half a mile each week.
I did make it a little shorter twice, once before I do 9 and 10 mile runs and then again before I do 11 and 12 mile runs. Help! Is this ok? I marked off the .5 on my 12 mile run because I'm positive I do not want to run 13 in training, I want the first time I run 13 to be the half, and again, want to make sure I don't get injured...AGAIN. How does my taper look? Is 7 too long or too short a week out from the race?
I know those of you reading this are not doctors, but I guess I just need your training experience, especially those of you that are prone to injury. I've already cut my weekly runs to 3x a week vs. the 4x a week I was doing over the summer when I got injured. I think that has helped and it gives me more time to recover.
EDITED: Ok, here is what I came up with modified. It's more like Galloway with every other week going up. It seems like a little less mileage than I thought it should be, but I can always add in an extra 3-4 mile run on those weeks if I feel like I'm not getting enough training. I'm thinking this will help me from getting injured.
I don't know, maybe I'm just paranoid because I've been injured so many times on this journey. I know it's not going to help me to worry about it so much, I need to be positive about it. Worrying won't change whether I get injured or not.
Suggestions? Words of wisdom?