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.
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.