Garmin Coach Half Marathon – Week 20

Week 20 of my preparation for my first half marathon with Garmin Coach. Well, not really. A few weeks ago I made the decision to run the 10K distance instead of the half marathon. Even though this was a difficult and disappointing decision to make, I’ve accepted it and am really excited for my 10K race. 

My race is this Sunday, so this week was taper-time! I did two short runs, got my foot taped, received my bib and tried to mentally prepare myself to run 10K at a pace I’ve never run 10K in (got to have goals, right?). Race week is here! 

Goal Pace Repeats

Since Coach Greg doesn’t actually know that I have a race this Sunday, he is not giving me any taper workouts. And as Garmin Coach workouts are non-adjustable, I had to get a little creative. Coach Greg planned: 4 times 5 minutes at goal pace, followed by 3 minutes recovery. I planned: 2 times 8 minutes at goal pace followed by 3 minutes recovery. 

5 min goal pace, done at goal pace: 7:40 min/km
3 minute recovery, done at goal pace: 7:34 min/km

5 minute goal pace, skipped
3 minute recovery, walk/jog to recover

5 min goal pace, done at goal pace: 7:03 min/km
3 minute recovery, done at goal pace: 7:23 min/km

5 minute goal pace, skipped
3 minute recovery, walk/jog to recover

I intentionally started a bit slower, I actually want to run my 10K race at around 7:30 min/km. That seems like a very long time to hold that pace at the moment though. I’m counting on that race-day adrenaline everyone keeps talking about! I’ve only done one race so far, a small 5K race with about 50 people on the side of the road. The race I’m doing on Sunday is known for the cheering crowds, especially closer to the finish line. If the training or adrenaline doesn’t get me to the finish line, they will. 

Easy run

Today Coach Greg says a 5 minute warm-up, 20 minute run at easy pace, a 15 minute optional run and a 5 minute cooling down. This didn’t require much creativity, I simply skipped the optional part of the run. I was going slower as Coach Greg wanted me to, but I just wanted to keep the legs moving for 25-30 minutes. No need for anything else right now. I ran 3K at an average pace of 8:33 min/km.

Race day preparations

My race bib already arrived in the mail last week, I just need to pick up thingies to attach them to my shirt. I plan on doing that Sunday at the bag drop-off and changing area. I’m going there by bike, it’s about 7,5K cycling, parking is a nightmare on marathon day and buses make me nauseous. So, bike it is. I’ll be going really early. The 10K race doesn’t start until 15:30 and I plan to leave my house at around 13:00, leaving me enough time to arrange everything (and get my nerves up as high as possible). 

The podiatrist I’ve been working with has put some nice and subtle tape on my foot to avoid any problems with it. Mostly as a precaution. We may have figured out the initial cause of my foot problems. If our logic is true, I should be able to prevent future problems with specific strengthening exercises. We’ll see about that later. I’m prepping for a race. 

I’ve created the course route in Garmin Courses, mainly because it’ll provide the screen on the right (or below if you’re on mobile) with the remaining distance and estimated finish time shown. There are probably other and maybe better ways to manage this, but this is it for now. 

I’ve set up GPS tracking for the race. If you’re interested you can follow me through this link and see if I’ll make my goal. I’ll also be posting my results on my Instagram and Facebook on Sunday. It might take me a few days to write a race report, so make sure you’re following me there!

My Garmin is charged. My head phones are charged. I’m charged. I’m ready. I think. 

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