Initially when I decided to run the Inverness Half Marathon I decided that I wouldn’t change my training plan for the week as my ultra races are more important than tapering down for a Half Marathon.
Now that it is a few days away I think I will change things a bit but not much. So I stayed with my fartlek run tonight, run an easy run tomorrow and will do a tempo run on Wednesday aiming at race pace for 7miles.
But Thursday/Friday I’ll do a couple of very easy runs and I’ll proabably not go as far as I’d planned.
I’m quite interested to see what I can do a half marathon in these days. I didn’t run any last year and in 2009 I only did the Heaven & Hell Half Marathon which has a very, very 2mile steep uphill after 7miles.
When I was in my mid-twenties the half marathon was my favourite distance and I regularly ran them in around 1hr 20mins.
My personal best occurred in October 1984 when I ran the Charnwood Half Marathon in 1hr 16mins 22secs. I remember the race well. It was a two lap course and I’d done a marathon in the summer and knew I was running strongly. I set off steady and pushed the second lap catching a few runners to finish 3rd and win a small cup!
Interestingly my age graded percentage for that race is 77.50% and to equal that percentage as a 51 yr old on Sunday I’d need to finish in 1hr 27mins 00secs. Can’t see that happening!
Here is a list of all my half marathons …..
Anyway on to tonight. It was my first Fartlek session for a two weeks as my long run had taken priority. The session Derek gave us added up to 32mins so I was hopeful of going over 5miles!
10.32miles in 1hr 18mins 57secs