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
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.