There comes a time in every training plan that you question whether you are doing enough to reach your own personal goals in your “A” race. Last week I questioned this and began to wander if I needed to add some extra suffering to the mix.
Saturday I had signed up for a local Half Marathon. My intentions in doing this was just to have a change in location for my weekly long run. Nothing more. As the event approached I began to question if I wanted to “race it.” In my mind I was already setting what my “race” goal would be. Thankfully I was grounded and ended up using this event for the purpose I had originally intended…. A Training Run.
Happy and feeling great at mile 13...all smiles.
As the event began I eased into a comfortable pace. We ran a short amount in downtown and then headed out for the rollers this course is known for.
Garmin time was at 25:31. I remember thinking that I might should slow my pace down. I felt great and the effort felt easy so I just continued on.
Garmin time was at 1:28. The rolling hills were manageable and I was still sticking to the plan. Although it was humid and starting to heat up I still felt comfortable.
Stomach cramps. As I approached the aid station I yelled out “paper towels” and had to begin laughing as I processed the ladies reaction to my request. She scrambled and found me some and I headed off scouting my spot. I will save you the details but I will say that all of my trail running has helped me prefect this skill. Ha!
As I headed down main street toward the finish I felt fantastic. I stuck to the right plan and can clearly see that I am right on track. The PLAN is WORKING!
My Garmin read: 1:56:26
- A sports bra is not the smartest place to store Gu’s. Can you say R-A-S-H!
- I took a total of 4 Gu’s in for the entire event (1 every 30 min. with lots of water)
- Sunday’s ride was amazing. Legs felt a bit tight but opened up at about 8 miles in. Great ride!
So this week I have a pretty hefty load of training. Next week is a recovery week so that only motivates me more to remain strong and focused.