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Road to my first half marathon – Week 14

It’s taper time!! Week 14 of my training plan with Garmin Coach for my first half marathon and that means the training load is dialing down and I’m getting ready for race day. I have just easy runs and goal pace runs planned for this week. 

Easy run

I felt tired and wanted to skip this run (again…!). My aquapower buddy is finally available again, so this justified my decision as well, I’ll be getting a workout in today anyway. I really need to figure out a better workout schedule. Running on Monday morning doesn’t work, because it’s Monday and I’m either tired from Sunday’s long run or from not going to bed on time. Running on Tuesday morning doesn’t work when I do aquapower on Monday evening, because I won’t be sleeping before 23:00 and that means I’m not getting enough sleep. Not running for two days in a row makes it more difficult to fit in four runs a week and still get enough recovery in between. Maybe I should move my Sunday long run to Saturday? I don’t know yet. 

Today’s workout was also not aquapower. A few months ago there we up to 35 people joining the aquapower class and there is actually not enough room in the pool for that. To fix that they started selling 30 tickets per class on a first come, first serve basis. Today we were too late. Confused, annoyed and determined to get a workout in we decided to do pool laps in one of the other pools. After 40 minutes of 50 meter laps alternating between front crawl and breaststroke I was so bored. No change of scenery, barely change of activity and all these people are in my way! Any tips on how I make this more bearable? Leave a comment below!

Goal pace run

My Wednesday morning run is usually a speed workout, today Coach Greg planned a goal pace run for me. A 15 minute warming up, 20 minutes at goal pace, 10 optional minutes at goal pace and 15 minutes cooling down. I’m really happy the training plan has so many goal pace runs towards the end of the plan, because finding my goal pace is usually an issue for me and I feel this is becoming easier as the plan progresses. I ran the first 20 minutes at an average pace of 7:26 min/km and the next 10 minutes at 7:17 min/km. Still a bit faster as my goal pace, but it felt very good.

Easy run

This run was more of a therapy run as a training run. Most runners know that running can be a very good way to process things. I had a rough day at work the day before and knew I’d have an even rougher day coming up. I considered doing the run right after work, but the pounding head ache made sure that didn’t happen. I considered skipping the run and go to work early, but eventually decided to use this run to clear my head. I kept the run short and even though my pace was pretty consistent, my heart rate was all over the place. I ran 28 minutes at an average pace of 8:21 min/km. I knew when I finished my run that my Garmin would be ruthless and yes, it’s calling me unproductive. My head was cleared though, productive enough for me today.

Goal pace run

Today’s plan: a 15 minute warming up, 15 minutes at goal pace, 5 optional minutes at goal pace and a 15 minute cooling down. On Friday afternoon I left for a short weekend getaway to the Eifel in Germany. I packed my running clothes, shoes and some accessoires. I prepared the boyfriend that I would need an hour on Sunday morning for my run and on Sunday morning I set my alarm for 7:15. My alarm went off, I got up, put on my running clothes and searched for my running shoes. Not in the apartment. Maybe in the car? Nope. No running shoes means no run. Not this close to my goal race. I promised myself I’d do this run on Monday morning and did some strength exercises instead. I was really looking forward to running on the hilly countryside of Germany, but unfortunately that wasn’t happening today. 
Summary
Only one week to go until race day and I’m just really excited. I’m excited to see how I’ll do, if I’ll enjoy it and if I’ll ever want to do it again. But, race day isn’t here yet and I have another week of tapering to go.

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