Base Building Week 2 and a Half Marathon
Last week was about putting one foot in front of the other, being smart about it, and getting miles in. My husband and I ended up going to Baltimore and racing (I ran the 13.1, he did the 5k). I didn’t have expectations for the race, which ended up being a good thing due to a messy morning.
Training though, last week was good.
|Monday:||Easy 45 minutes|
|Tuesday:||Easy 45 minutes|
|Wednesday:||Easy 60 minutes|
|Friday:||Easy 45 minutes|
|Saturday:||Race 13.1 (1:30.58)/1 mile cool down|
|Sunday:||Easy 45 minutes|
It was a lot of easy and boring running. Most people know, but I don’t use a GPS watch for most of my runs. I normally just run 45 minutes and guestimate I run about 9-10 min miles for my pace. Over the last few years, I’ve found that it works for me. I’ve never been to one really push an easy run, but by not using a GPS watch I’m not married to any pace and just going by effort.
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I planned to do a speed workout today but after reflecting I realized I would be going from 0 speed workouts a week to 2. . Being greedy and doing too much too soon has led me to the majority of my injuries. So instead, I opted for an easy run and continued to build a base.
On Wednesday, I planned to do a workout. Around that time, my husband and I had also contemplated going down to Baltimore to run the races. When thinking about it, I realized while I could probably do a speed workout, it wasn’t smart to go from no speed to a speed workout and a long race. It would be the time I would get injured. So I ran easy.
Race 13.1 (1:30.58)
The race 13.1 race was a good speed workout in Baltimore. I’m thankful, it was just that and nothing. From start to finish, it was one of the most disorganized races I’ve ever done (and I don’t use that lightly). Would I choose this race for a goal race? No.
During the race, the half marathoners crossed paths with the 5 and 10kers early into the race. This meant, people such as myself were running and weaving around walkers. It was impossible to run any tangents, and I found myself weaving, trying not to hit anyone, and missing water stops because there were so many people. Another danger, factor was the race also runs around the harbor. Due to race the night before, the boards were slick. Plus running around that many turns on a crowded course, it was very easy to just fall into the harbor and you never got any rhythm or momentum. I watched someone slip and fall (they were ok), as well as 2 runners collide when the 10k/half were together. The race was dangerous. Anyway, I don’t regret doing it and my husband and I had an enjoyable time in Baltimore.
Regarding my effort, I ran the first 11 miles well below 7 min miles (around 6:50). Then, my body seemed to lock up around mile 11, and I ran the last 2 miles in 7:22 (over 30 seconds slower than every other mile). I’m happy with my overall effort for where I am running wise. I seem to be hovering at a 1:28-1:31 half marathon block right now and I hope the next one will be faster.
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Went into the race with no expectations and finished The 13.1 in 1:30.58. . The course included running between a packed 10k from miles 2-5, slippery boards along the harbor, and many turns. In all happy with my effort and the fact that I didn’t collide with anyone because there were some close calls. 😵
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Questions for you:
What is the most dangerous race you’ve done?
Are you training for anything?