I am a runner. I am a morning runner. I am not a fast runner. Dare I say slow runner? I’ve always kept this one sentence in my mind that I once read somewhere: No matter how slow you are, you are still lapping everyone on the couch. Or in my case, everyone who is still laying in their comfy bed as I usually leave for my morning run between 6:00 – 6:30 in the morning. This blog is meant to describe my road as a runner and how I try to improve myself.
When I started this blog in the beginning of 2019 I had already been running on and off for about 10 years. Somewhere along the road I had decided that I needed a goal and it needed to be a half marathon. Some badly timed injuries, loss of motivation and probably the lack of a vision on how to get where I wanted to be prevented me from reaching that goal. I was running regularly, tried interval training, tried slowing down, etc., but nothing was giving me the results I was looking for and I noticed I was starting to skip workouts. My motivation was slipping away. I needed a plan.
That’s when I discovered Garmin Coach. Garmin Coach is an adaptive training plan for 5K, 10K and half marathon distances that lives inside your Garmin watch. It plans workouts based on your goal and performance within the plan and sends them directly to your watch. Easy setup, structured training plan, perfect.
I got excited and made a plan for my running goals of 2019. I would start running races, starting with my very first 5K in April 2019, then a 10K in May and a half marathon in October. It started great, I ran my 5K as planned, within my time goal. The 10K in May didn’t happen and even though I did start my half marathon training in June, it didn’t exactly lead to a half marathon. So, what now? I still really wanted to run that half marathon, so I made a new plan. My half marathon will be done in February of 2020.