Race day is almost here! I’ve been preparing for my first half marathon with Garmin Coach for the last year and met a few bumps on the road, but I have done the training and my body and mind are ready for this challenge! I have followed the half marathon training plan with the guidance of Coach Greg for 15 weeks. I will be running that half marathon very soon.
The question is only, when? The race I planned for, trained for and have registered for is this Sunday: Groet uit Schoorl Run. What I did not plan or train for is a little storm called Ciara. She’s due to arrive somewhere this Sunday and has promised to bring lots of rain and wind gusts of up to 140 km/h. Two weeks ago I wrote that my mom would be coming to watch me “if the weather isn’t too bad”. Unfortunately I think this qualifies as too bad weather. Let’s wait and see what the organization will say, but I’m pretty sure I know what my mom will say.
Goal pace run
Today I’ve scheduled the goal pace run I should’ve done on Sunday. I was determined to run it on Monday morning and that helped me to finally get out of bed for my morning run on a Monday for the first time in weeks. I checked out this week’s schedule before I rescheduled this run and the plan for this week would’ve been two easy runs and one tempo run on Wednesday morning. I debated shortly between doing the tempo run or the goal pace run, but since I’m a newbie that still gets a little confused about goal paces I decided to do the goal pace run. I deleted the tempo run and replaced it with the easy run that was originally planned for today.
The plan said to do a warming up of 15 minutes, 15 minutes at goal pace, 5 optional minutes at goal pace and a 15 minute cooling down. With 10°C it’s warm a February morning at 6:30 in the morning, so I get to run in capri’s and a T-shirt. After about 5 minutes I’m warm enough to start the goal pace part and since I’m a little short on time I cut my warming up short. I start too fast, but quickly find my goal pace at 7:30 min/km and have no trouble keeping it up. I ran the first 15 minutes at an average pace of 7:29 min/km and speed up a little for the optional 5 minutes and run it at 7:13 min/km. This feels good and gives a little confidence boost for race day. Maybe I can keep this pace up for 21K?
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