Race Day T + 1 and I am feeling the pain! My hips, quads and knees are so sore that it is very difficult to walk! I realise now the benefits of training; my body would be more used to the long runs, I would have increased my pace and also felt a little less sore. However, I made the best of a bad situation and considering I have never EVER run 13.1 miles in my life, I am VERY proud to have completed my first half marathon in the time that I did! 2:27:43!
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The week before the race was solely dedicated to tapering (although I think the whole 5 weeks could be classified as tapering!). I wanted to feel prepared for this race, as it’s very much mind over matter. I love a list, so I created a simple Survival Guide for preparing and running a half marathon which I posted late last week.
My schedule for the week was supposed to look like this:
- Monday: 5 mile run
- Tuesday: cross training
- Wednesday: rest
- Thursday: weight training
- Friday: stretch
- Saturday: 2 mile run
- Sunday: RACE DAY
My actual week of training looked like this:
|Monday: FRAME Camp|
- Monday: 2km hill sprints / 15 mins weight training (FRAME Camp)
- Tuesday: NTC (teaching)
- Wednesday: rest
- Thursday: NTC (teaching)
- Friday: rest
- Saturday: NTC (teaching)
- Sunday: RACE DAY (This has a blog post of it’s own!)
I have learnt a lot from this RTTB journey. I don’t think I have “caught the running bug” just yet but I won’t be giving up here! Realistically I need to go back to a 10k distance and conquer it as that was the farthest I had ever run (only twice) before yesterday. I enjoyed the half marathon, and I will most definitely do it again but with more training under my belt!
Elle 🙂 x