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.
For about 10 years I’ve been running on and off again and about 5 years ago I decided I needed a goal and it needed to be a half marathon. So far, it hasn’t happened yet. Some badly timed injuries, loss of motivation and probably the lack of a vision on how to get where I want to be has prevented me from reaching my goal. Last year I could’ve probably been able to finish, but as I was increasing my mileage I was slowing down more and more leading to me not wanting to start at all. By the time I was able to run 12km I was at a pace of 9:00 min/km. If I were to run a half marathon at that pace, it would take me about 3 hours and 15 minutes. Which means I’d arrive about 15 minutes after they close the finish line.
I tried interval training, I tried slowing down during some trainings, I tried increasing my trainings, but overall nothing was working and I noticed I started skipping workouts. I needed a different plan. Or just a plan. (Edit: I made a plan for 2019!)
I’ve been using the Garmin Vivoactive 3 (check out my review) for tracking my runs since December 2017 and a while ago I noticed it added Garmin Coach which included a 5K training plan. I did some research and found minimal information, mostly complaining about the limits about the plan. I was intrigued and the plan fitted my needs so I started the plan and on April 13, 2019 I ran my first race ever and beat my fastest 5K time by 7 minutes. I loved the plan and was super excited when Garmin announced they added a 10K and half marathon plan as I am finally executing my plan to run a half marathon. October 13, 2019, Eindhoven.