EEEEEP! We have 32 days to get our arses into top condition to run a sub 2hour half marathon on 10 August. I. Am. Excited.
To put things into perspective, my first (and only) half time was 2:11. And that was completed with bare minimum training that consisted of a few laps around the block (5km) and a long run each week. Nothing really meaningful, no gym work, no speed work. Just some 5km runs once or twice a week. So, while I’m nervous about the sub 2 hour time, I’ll be honest and say I’ll be pretty pissed if I can’t do it considering how much training I’ve done this time around. I mean, I will have worked hard for 9 whole weeks! C’mon! I’m clocking PBs left right and centre. Surely I can do this. Plus, in case the Rogue Runners who have agreed to pace me are unaware, I’m slightly terrified I won’t be able to keep up ok… I am going to need a lot of help, there may be tears/tantrums on the way, and please please please don’t leave me behind. That is all.
Last night was 1km sprint interval night. We seemed to have rustled up a nice little posse of people who enjoy trying to hurt themselves sprinting 1km. It was me, Sam, Renee, Natalie, Simon (yes he actually made it) and Speedy I-look-great-with-a-beard Tate.
Taking a break… “I don’t need a full 5 minutes” that is a lie
Doing intervals in a group is really motivating. Also slightly terrifying for pedestrians as 6 runners in a row come at them at full speed! At one point Renee was behind me and I she said “Don’t let me catch you!” when I was slowing around the 700m mark… I dug a little bit deeper and made it to the end without slowing down. I’m not going to lie. I fucking hate sprinting 1000m. It is balls. I applauded myself for clocking up a 1km PB at 4:28 but then at the end of the night I realised my average for the 5 intervals was 4:40 – 3 seconds slower on average than last week. Not sure how I feel about it. I’ll take the PB I guess. Also, I loved having so many people there, and I’d thought maybe, just maybe, I wouldn’t be the slowest runner for once. I am always the slowest runner in a group. I thought maybe I would be quicker than someone. Alas, it was not to be. Didi is still that friend you take out with you because she makes you feel better about yourself as a runner. FML. I’ll get there one day. Maybe one day I’ll be a better runner than someone. Does it matter? All those memes on the internet go on about only competing with yourself yada yada but for fuck sake could I just be faster than one person I run with? Please?
Anyway, at least I could say I was rocking some nice new gear last night. I’d snagged some gorgeous running tops on sale from Jaggad. They are super comfy and I look profesh now.
Alsooooooo, super exciting news, THESE FINALLY ARRIVED!!!!!
Errrmagherrrrrd I squealed like a girl opening the box at work. Seriously. I didn’t know a pair of runners could have that effect on a person!
This week is “take a break from the gym” week. And one week out of the next 4 will be “take a break from running” week. Might do that the week after I manage an 18km long run. Will have to talk to physio Steve about correct timing. I know taking a break is necessary, but I dunno how it fits in when I only have 4 weeks of training left. Are you meant to taper before a half marathon? I know you do this before a full marathon…. must investigate. Must also investigate fuel while running. I wonder what I should take and when?
Coming up this week:
Thursday night: 5min pace 5km. Last week we managed 4km. Can we get a 25min 5km PB? Who knows. I just hope that I can run at least 4km, I hate to think my training isn’t moving me forward. Seriously, I try so hard. I run intervals so hard that I actually start to whimper at about 800m…. I’m so hardcore my body doesn’t know wtf is happening and it wants to cry. So come on mother fucker… gimme that PB.
Sunday morning: We need a 16km long run. There’s the 14km Swan River Run on in the morning so we are gatecrashing the course for free. I don’t even feel bad considering the entry fee was $50! Fucking hell! So there’ll be a nice course set up for us, roads closed and everything. Sweet.