Today was my first run since last Sundays 20km’s and let me just say, it was tough! First of all, taking a week off is never a good idea when training for a half marathon, but its really not a good idea 3 weeks from race day!
Up to this point, I have been doing all if my long runs with my sister Cathy. The company has been great and I haven’t missed a run, but, with race day coming, I need to see if I can run as fast as I need to to reach my sub 2 hour goal.
Today’s run plan was to do my 12km run at race pace. Since I will be doing 10 & 1’s, I need to be running an average pace of 5:38 km to finish in under 2 hours.
Today’s goal was to run 12km in 1:07:44. What I actually did was run 12km in 1:09:48.
Here’s how it broke down per km
1 – 5:30
3 – 5:28
5 – 5:37
6 – 6:10
7 – 5:46
8 – 5:25
9 – 5:52
10 – 6:19
11 – 5:54
12 – 5:42
Overall I was off my goal pace 2 minutes. My average pace was 5:49/km…not horrible, but not what I was hoping for either 😦
I am disappointed, but not discouraged.
I am still hoping for a sub 2 hour finish, and still believe it is possible.
I definitely need to get my runs in this week – tempo run tomorrow and speed work on Wednesday. I will be away this weekend so I think I will try to get my 8km race pace ‘long run’ in on Friday before I go. My goal is to complete the 8km in 45:09. So, for the next 13 days I am going to make myself a priority! I need to make sure I drink lots of water, get enough sleep and eat well.
Do you have any tips for success as race day (quickly) approaches?