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?