So, as I mentioned yesterday, I am feeling pretty underprepared for the half marathon. I really slacked off on training towards the end, and didn’t make time for the long runs like I should have. I also skimped on a good amount of the speed training, and didn’t get nearly as many miles overall as I would have liked to.
I am trying not to be too hard on myself because I realize I take training more seriously and have higher expectations for myself than many people going into the race. I have heard from several people who have run 6 or 8 miles as their longest run before the big day, and I know speed training isn’t an essential part of training to be able to finish the race.
That said, I am definitely a bit disappointed that I didn’t stick with my training plan as much as I would have liked. My plan was to go up to 12 miles for training, and I only ended up doing 10 miles as my longest run. I wanted to do speed work every week for 12 weeks, and I ended up doing 9 out of 12 weeks.
Despite all the negatives, there have been some positives to training, which is what I am trying to focus on:
I’ve done a much better job at doing hilly runs during training this time around. During my first two halfs, I barely did any hilly runs since I mostly ran on the treadmill. This time around, I only did my speed work on the treadmill and did my runs outside every other time. I picked hilly routes most of the time for the shorter runs and am proud of this part of training.
While I did miss about 3 weeks in a row of speed work (tempo/interval training), I was very consistent about it during the first 2/3 of training, and I did do the hardest speedwork run this past Friday – 5 miles of intervals. I alternated between 5.5 mph (for recovery) and 7.0 mph (for speed), and while definitely difficult, I felt great afterwards and wasn’t sore one bit. I think this goes to show that I am definitely getting faster than I was, and that I have a good running base that will carry me through the half. Here’s what I looked like post 5 miles of intervals:
Cute, I know.
3.) Cross Training
I tend to be a very all or nothing person, and during training for the first two half marathons, I really only ran 3-4 times a week and did nothing else. While I would have liked to cross train more than I did, I definitely made an attempt to do something other than running about once a week. I also consistently strength trained 1-2 times a week for most weeks during training, and I feel like I am in good, well rounded shape at the moment, which I like.
Since I am not as prepared as I wanted to be, I am readjusting my goals for the race.
My original goal was to PR and finish faster than 2:10:43 (my current PR, and a pace of 9:59). There is still a chance that I may PR, but I am not going to stress about it and instead and going to focus on going at a pace that feels good, conquering the hills one by one, and running the whole time except during water stops. I want to enjoy the race, finish strong, and appreciate my body for what it can do, rather than get caught up in exactly how fast I am going and letting my pace take away from the overall race experience.