Friday, April 21, 2017

Half Marathon Training pt.3

My first half-marathon is next week Sunday! One more week until I run two rounds in Central Park together with thousands of other women at the Shape Women's Half Marathon. I'm excited and nervous at the same time, but I've been training a lot the last three weeks since my second update. The Westside Highway is still my favorite place to run, but I changed it up with a run in Central Park. Keep reading if you want to know how I'm preparing for my first ever half marathon!
Half Marathon Training pt.3

Week 4 training
I start off my training week with an early 6K morning run before my friends' birthday breakfast. I don't love running in the morning but it's a beautiful day and my pace is good (because I'm in a hurry). My next run is on Sunday, I've been walking all day and had the biggest brunch ever so I go later at night when things have cooled down a little. 16K is my furthest run ever but it goes surprisingly well and I'm really enjoying it. I finish in one hour 17 minutes and 17 seconds. Not bad!


Half Marathon Training pt.3

Week 5 training
Because I feel like my legs need to recover from the long Sunday run, I only run again the following Wednesday. I run 5K but my legs are still sore from Sunday so it's not the most enjoyable run. On Sunday I enter a race very last-minute which is 10K through Central Park. I wake up at 6 AM, start at 9 AM and finish 47 minutes and 44 seconds later. It was actually much harder than I thought because Central Park has a lot of little hills. It's a good reality check and I know what to expect now during the half-marathon. 


Half Marathon Training pt.3

Week 6 training
On Monday I go for a quick 4K recovery run. On Friday I try to go for kind of an interval run so I run 8K in 36 minutes and 32 seconds. On Sunday it's time for, again, my longest run ever: 18 kilometers. It's 30 degrees that day so I decide to go at sunset around 7 PM, but it's still around 26 degrees then. Hot! This was definitely my hardest run mentally and I had to take a few breaks. I end up with a pace just under 5 minutes per km, so I hope this run was enough to prepare me for the 21 kilometers next Sunday. 

Half Marathon Training pt.3

I've got a couple more runs left before the half-marathon. I didn't really stick to the 3-run-per-week schedule because I felt like my legs needed time to recover and I didn't want to get injured. I've also continued to box once or twice a week and do strength and core workouts at the gym. I think this prepares my body the best! For the half-marathon, I'm aiming for a time below 1 hour and 45 minutes. Let's see next week how it goes ;)

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