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Garmin Coach Half Marathon – Week 12

Week 12 of my Garmin Coach half marathon plan is finished! I’m still doing only three runs a week, but I had a lot of fun with my speed repeats and I was able to extend my long run a bit. All good progress!

Training 40 – Tired run

This is going to sound a little stupid, but I was too tired to do my tired run and since I’m still doing only three workouts per week, I decided to skip this workout. I haven’t been sleeping well and work has been really busy. I just wanted to sleep in. So no run on Tuesday this week, I’ll be running on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. 

Training 41 – Easy run

When I woke up my phone said it was about 10°C outside and foggy. It’s been a while since I ran at these temperatures, but for me this is perfect running weather. No sun and not too warm. As soon as I got outside I saw the red/orange glow of the sunrise and I knew I’d be treated to some awesome views. I was not disappointed. 

There is an open field within the woods that are perfect for watching the sunrise and it’s a 5 minute run away from my home. The low hanging fog and the upcoming sun made for some breathtaking views. I couldn’t stop looking around and taking pictures, I must have paused my watch at least 10 times. This is why I love my morning runs. Well, it’s one of the reasons anyway. 

Training 42 – Speed repeats

Coach Amy’s has a short speed repeat session planned for me: 1,61K warm-up and cooling down and 10 times 30 seconds at a fast pace (6:57 – 7:16 min/km). Last week I promised myself that I would try a little harder to run these intervals at the intended pace. That didn’t work out as planned. But, I was able to run the intervals at the below speeds without needing to walk my recovery’s in between. I’m calling that progress. By the time I reached the 10th interval I had a little extra to give so I decided to go for an all out sprint. Fun!
 
My speed repeats: 7:14, 6:11, 6:22, 6:31, 6:16, 5:47, 6:09, 5:49, 6:07, 4:39 min/km

 

Training 43 – Run

Today there is a 9,65K run with a 2 minute warm-up and cooling down planned for me, but I’ve decided to go off schedule a little bit. The last time I had a long run that was over 10K was about a month ago and I figured it was time. I had been shortening my long runs since then to let my foot recover and it seems the training plan has adapted for that. Since I felt ready for an increase in distance again I picked a route of about 12K. 

It has been raining a lot the last days and today was no different. I checked the weather before I left, but it would be hours before the rain would stop. So, I got my rain jacket, my visor to keep the rain out of my eyes and off I went. In the pouring rain. I usually enjoy running in the rain, but this was a little much. 

I started out a bit too fast leaving me with not enough energy to finish strong and the rain also really bugged me today. After 1,5K I realized how quiet it was and that my headphones were still on the charger at home. Great, this was going to be a long, long run. At around 8K I became aware of the sopping that was happening in my shoes and I started to wonder what my feet would look like when I could finally free them from my shoes and socks. The interesting things that go through your mind when you’re alone with your thoughts. My feet survived by the way. 

I finished my run of 12,1K at an average pace of 8:52 min/km. Good enough for me today. 

Summary
I’m really glad I decided to extend my long a little bit to give me the feeling I’m training for a half marathon again. With only 8 weeks to go the distance still needs to increase quite a bit and if Coach Amy is not going to make it happen, I will. To be clear, I’m blaming me and my constant changes to the plan for the lack of increase as it’s a bit hard for Garmin Coach to keep up with me. But, there’s still time! And look at that little confidence bar, it’s definitely in purple now!

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