This week I’m running my furthest distance ever and there is a goal pace and easy run on my schedule.
My new half marathon race will be done on March 8: Vestingloop Gorinchem. Hopefully there will be no storms or other setbacks to come in between!
Goal pace run
The warming up goes well, after 10 minutes I’m warm enough to start slowly building up towards that goal pace part. By the time it starts I am already running at goal pace, but it my watch is telling me that my heart rate is a little higher as it should be. Towards the end of the first goal pace part I am struggling to keep my pace and decide to skip the optional part of today’s run. I take a short walk break and then continue for a 5 minute cooling down.
Though I feel recovered from being sick, my body is not yet ready to be pushed too far. That’s okay, I still have 2,5 weeks until my new half marathon race is scheduled.
I actually ran the 15 goal pace minutes a little too fast at 7:23 min/km.
Long easy run
I just ran 18,5K at an average pace of 8:31 min/km! Not bad at all given the conditions of my route. With just two weeks to go until my half marathon, my confidence in finishing this thing has never been higher!
Unfortunately today’s sprain was not a mini-sprain. The ankle is blueish, swollen and walking is a little painful. As I’m writing this I have visited my physical therapist who examined it and put some tape on it so I could remain mobile for the next days without fear of doing more damage. I will be returning for a follow-up next Monday and until then there will be no running for me. I really hope this doesn’t jeopardize my half marathon which is supposed to happen in less than 1,5 weeks. I know the most important part of training is done, so my main focus now is getting this ankle to heal fast enough. Fingers crossed!