I am running the run to the beat half-marathon in less than two weeks. Urg. I do not feel prepared for it AT ALL!
My training started quite well. I was doing three runs a week: long, fast and interval plus some strength training. On the 30/7, I happily ran 9 K at a 5’48min/K average pace. It felt good, I felt strong, and confident that with more training I could run a sub 2h 1/2 marathon.
And then….I went on holiday. Of course I packed my trainers, but of course I did not run, I was not on point with my diet and partied something that very rarely happens. It felt soooooo good to escape from the PhD, that I gave up on my training. Problem is that I came back ill. I tried to suck it up and went on an 8K run on a rainy morning. Bad idea. It made my cold worse.
I’ve almost shifted my cold now (Liani, you might disagree considering that you hear me coughing all the time hehe) and I started running again. Last Sunday’s 10K was at an average pace of 6’39″/K…considerably slower. Once again, urgh.
SO, the plan now is to apply what I will call my 2% approach. There is no point in me running crazy amounts and risk to injure myself before the race, especially that I am suppose to taper this week. So instead, I am going to try to improve, by a minimum of 2% some other aspects of my training:
- Sleep more/better
- Better recovery i.e. longer stretching post run or cold bath (did this on sunday and it helps)
- Keep diet on point, no alcohol and increase protein intake- started by eating Quorn
- Do some core work daily
- Focus on good form while running
- Get good socks- I am looking at you stupid blister
- Make myself an awesome running playlist for race day
I strongly believe that all these little things will add up to at least make race day less painful!
And to finish, a little mantra that I should print out in A0 format and put up on my walls:
What are your last minutes race preparation tips?