The big question this morning was how would I go in the half marathon? After yesterday’s brick session (60km cycle & 4km run) in less than desirable weather would I have the energy to run 21.1km today? Hmmm, I was about to find out.
My warm up run before the event (which was really just to keep warm as it was freezing cold) seemed to indicate that I would run okay but I really wasn’t sure for how long. My longest long run for a while has been about 17km and has been run at a modest 5.20min/km pace. My goal today was to finish the event! In fact I was beginning to think that maybe I would’ve been better starting in the first group at 8am, for runners doing more than 2 hours.
I wore my long-sleeved top over my singlet for the first 10km because it was so cold. A lot of people took off at the start and I felt like I was ambling along at a very conservative pace but not to worry, I was doing a training run. At least that’s what I told myself! But as the kilometres ticked over I knew my pace was getting faster but I still felt strong. And slowly I was starting to overtake a few people who took off at the start. My long-sleeved top came off at the 11km mark and was tied around my waist…….and proceeded to drive me crazy for the remainder of the event. I really hate things around my waist!
Not once did I look at my Garmin during the run but ran according to how I felt. I kept expecting to hit the wall at some stage but it never happened. I felt strong right up until I crossed the finish line. I stopped my Garmin at 1hr 43.42min – really happy with that. It’s a couple of minutes slower than I would normally run it but then I don’t usually cycle 60km and run 4km the day before a half marathon either!
Tomorrow: the plan was to do a swim session in the morning and an intervals session on the treadmill after work. But you know what, I am scheduling in an unplanned but much appreciated rest day after a big weekend. Sometimes you just gotta go with what your body wants……and it wants a rest!
“You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt