A week in my shoes…Aug 9th

At last it’s August the 9th…and my parents land at the airport in a few hours. I can honestly not wait. I just need to get the car cleaned and then they’ll be here!! It’s like an ex-pat Christmas!

What’s more, I’m running my first trail half-marathon tomorrow. I’m actually quite nervous about it, but also really excited!  In terms of time goals, I don’t intend to race it at all, this is for fun. As such, I have utterly no clue how fast I’ll run it! It includes 2,190m of elevation gain – that’s crazy, isn’t it! An idea as to my finish time would be handy, as my parents will be at the finish line and I don’t want them to hang around unnecessarily, nor do I want my Mum to worry. She hates me running, due to my heart, and if I turned up 30 minutes later than I’d anticipated, it would cause her a lot of anxiety. I’m thinking anything between 2h30 and 3h is likely. We’ll see.

Huddart Trails

This is what the week’s running looked like.

Friday: 3 easy miles

Nothing exciting to report.

Sunday: 4 miles

Included 2 uphill miles, which constituted my entire hill training for Saturday’s race.

Monday: 6 tempo miles

I’m fed up with Nike Plus. They got the mile data VERY wrong, so my plan to run faster/slower miles kind of mucked up. The principle was the same though, I guess. 6.2 miles in 55 mins at 8.54 pace. I need to start getting out my comfort zone on these runs!

Wednesday: 9 easy miles

The first four miles or so were horrible – they felt slow and sluggish and I stressed inwardly about how much speed I’d lost lately. And then something clicked and I found my second wind and managed 9 miles in 1 hr 22 at 8.59 pace, which I was really happy with!

So I’m off to carb-load with my parents. Life does not get ANY better! Have a great weekend, everyone.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Nicola Johnson says:

    Say hello to the lovely D and C for me when they arrive!
    And if you’re taking bets on your finish time (bearing in mind your double sub 2 achievements recently), I predict… 2.17. Most importantly, enjoy! I’m now off to do a 3 miler before the excitement of painting a couple of walls (laura ashley raspberry, if you’re interested!).
    Good luck for your race! X

    1. Cathryn says:

      Have a look at the elevation profile…5 miles of steep uphill!!! There will be a LOT of walking, I’d be so surpprised if I went under 2.30! But you always guess well 😉

      Good luck with the painting, I love raspberry colour!

  2. Jen says:

    I think you meant 2190 feet, not meters?! 😉 That elevation profile looks like a doozy — but luckily it looks like you’ll get your biggest climb out of the way in the first half. I ran the Lake Chabot Trail Challenge last year in 2:50, with similar elevation gain (2000′)… but that included a lot of dispirited walking, so I bet if you can keep it together, you’ll be able to run it around 2:30. Someone told me once that for every 1000′ in elevation gain, add a mile’s worth of distance/time. So just pretend that you’re running 15 miles tomorrow instead of 13 (maybe that’s how Nicola figured it out, come to think of it…)

    Good luck at the race, and have a great time with your parents!!!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Golly I’m thick sometimes, thank you … Feet!!! Interesting thing about distance/height etc! I’m intrigued!!!

  3. Good luck! I am sure you will do great. The biggest thing is just to enjoy this different running experience, oh and tells us all about it too! 🙂

  4. Cathryn says:

    THANK YOU!!! Excited and a bit nervous!

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