I am supposed to be writing a request to our Telco provider to have them conduct some work for us, so obviously this is an opportune moment to update my blog.
It’s been a while since I’ve run a goal half marathon so I’d forgotten what it was like to taper, but it’s all come back to me………
Double, triple and quadruple review training program leading up to the race, not that anything can be changed but as some sort of reassurance that the work has been done, then in a fit of almost pathological obsession check against lead up to the race in which I ran my PB to satisfy myself that heaps more work has been done this time around.
Spend 2 hours researching half marathon tapers on the internet, again, not that anything can be changed at this late stage but reassuring to know that I have made the right decisions (as long as I stick to websites that espouse the approach I have taken).
Settle on my goal time and work out 5km splits.
Check the Melways and figure out where I am going to park, and then work out at least 2 back up options in case every other participant decides to park in the same place.
Though there is one significant difference, it is a freak out free zone; I am excited and looking forward to race.
Friday it was cold and wet, thank goodness for my Friday arvo running buddy, we were both sooky about the conditions but glad by the time that we finished that we had got the run in.
I ran 11km at Lysterfield on Saturday morning, it was freaking cold but sunny, then the day turned to a big pile of poo, cold, wet and horrible, so I was mighty glad I’d got the run in early.
Sunday, well, I opted out! It’s been a while since I’ve missed a Sunday run and I spent the day doing all the stuff that I am usually too exhausted to do by the time Sunday rolls around, the house is cleaner than it has been in ages.
Training last night was 400s (ish, it’s a track around a footy oval, not precisely 400), 3 reps of 3 by 400 with 130 metre float and full lap between reps. Waverley Park was at its artic best, with a nice wind blowing up directly from Antarctica to keep up company.
I decided to ease off the pace a little, just get a bit of turnover happening but not full tilt. This meant that I could do the floats at a quicker pace for a good tempo session; in the end I finished the 9 reps only about 25 seconds slower overall than I normally would.
Tomorrow is rest and massage, I’ll train again on Thursday but tempo again, not all out, then finally an easy 6km on Friday with just some strides on Saturday.
Am ready to go, can I race now?!
Nostalgia, The Fauves just came on the radio, ahhh, little Gen X trip down memory lane, memories of sweaty smoky pubs and smelling of stale beer, ears ringing for a day afterwards and lost voices, I saw them and Regurgitator play one night in St Kilda one night many moons ago, back when I could still do that on a work night and not be a drooling zombie the next day.