My first half marathon is in 2 weeks and 1 day!! Today was my last longish run until then, and I needed it to smack my face with a dose of reality.
Ran 8 miles, 1:17:08, 9:38 pace
- 9:59 (warm-up)
- 10:10 (I hate mile 4, always have)
- 9:24 (took a gel)
- 9:24 (started to rain- rained the whole last mile)
I really wanted to run my first half in under 2 hours (need 9:09 pace), but based on today’s run I don’t know that I’ll make it. This run wasn’t particularly hard, so I’m hoping adrenaline will kick in on race day and MAYBE I could do it?
Any runners out there who increased their speed/pace quite a bit on race day?? Give me some motivation please 🙂
Today’s run I was actually playing with speed work (or at least trying). I found an article in Runner’s World and they gave a tip for runners who want to run a half in 2 hours.
- 10 min warm-up
- 18 min at race pace
- 3 min jog
- Repeat for at least 3x (not the 10 min warm-up)
- 10 min cool down
I actually didn’t do the 10 min cool down because it was raining and I wanted to get home. I also have no idea if I stayed at race pace during those 18 min increments because my watch tracks by mile…but I’m hoping I was close.
TIP for running if you know it might rain: bring a Ziploc bag with you.
I thought about doing this last night, and then tried to talk myself out of not bringing my phone. I told Kyle and he wanted me to bring my phone for emergencies and also brought up the Ziploc bag idea. When the super smart boyfriend brings up a good point, you gotta do it…
I just put one in my shorts pocket and glad I did! FYI it’s not easy to take a phone out of an arm band and quickly shove it into a bag while trying to keep your same pace and NOT drop your phone- or at least it’s not easy for clumsy people…
Any tips for my last 2 weeks before my half? I’ve been doing a lot of research but I love to hear from you guys 🙂