The need for a plan

As I may have mentioned once or twice on here, I am running a half marathon on Sunday. It will be the furthest I’ve run in 10 months, and only the second race I’ve completed since the London Marathon 2012.

Oh and I feel rather unprepared for it.

My training hasn’t been very consistant, and yesterday I worked out the underlying reason why; I never really had a PLAN.

I am not the tidiest of people but I do like to be organised. I like to organise events, holidays, dinner parties etc months in advance, much to the annoyance of my boyfriend. But for some reason, when it came to this half marathon, I ran when I felt like it, and ran whatever distance I felt like. I completed a couple of speed sessions, and after seeing the course elevation, a few hill workouts, but other than that, I sort of winged it.

And now I am feeling nervous. I know that I will be able to cross the finish line, but whether I will get a time that I am proud of is a completely different matter.

I felt confident after my 10 mile run last week, especially after looking at my sub 10min mile splits. I just hope the race excitment pushes me to run well. I’d love a sub 2.10 half and a PR. I know however, that with the trainnig that I’ve done for it, I don’t deserve a PR. Regardless of the result on Sunday, I know that I need to train smarter for races in the future. I care more about my times than I did last year, and I want to work hard to see improvements.

My next race where I am aiming for a PR is a 10K at the end of May. In the next couple of days, I am going to create an all-round training plan that will hopefully leave me feeling prepared for the race and primed for a PR.

And whatever happens at the Eastbourne Half, I want to run the full course.

Do you follow a specific training plan or just run as and when you feel like it?

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  1. March 3, 2013 / 7:16 pm

    I find a training plan online, write my own training plan, adjust that training plan, end up ignoring most of that training plan and running how I feel on my running days! I think when planning my next PB race I definitely need to properly and realistically plan out and stick to a plan too!
    Hope your race went well. 🙂

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