After 10 weeks of training, I finally ran the Gabs 1/2 Marathon on the 10th March 2019. This was my third Half but the first of the five Half Marathons I have planned this year. I have done this event twice before, in 2017 and in 2018, but both times I did 10 km.
Week 10: It’s Time to Party!
Monday, 4th March: Easy Run, 5.2 km, 37:29 | Pilates Class, 1 hr. I had the day off work so it was lovely to run in the morning. I set off at 06:32 – the air was fresh and although short-lived, the cloudy sky made for a pleasantly cool start to the day. As it was race week, I was very happy to keep things nice and easy.
Later on that day, I joined the 16:30 pilates class and we used the roller and the pilates ring for an intense workout. Two workouts in one day was definitely a win!
Tuesday, 5th March: Rest Day.
Wednesday, 6th March: Easy Run, 5.01 km, 36:58. We went to the Agricultural Grounds with the kids and it was baking hot, even at 6 pm. I was really pleased that I had scheduled an Easy 5 km. But “easy” it was not. I was on the “struggle bus” from beginning to end and the heat had a lot to do with it. I never quite found my flow, but the kms got done.
Thursday, 7th February: Pilates Class, 1 hr. Another great pilates class using the pilates ring. There were many beginners in class and the coach focused a lot on basic movements. For those of us with a bit more experience, it was great to be reminded of some of those movements. Although it doesn’t always feel like I’m improving (particularly when I’m struggling with a teaser) it was a good to see how far I’ve actually come with my core strength, flexibility and balance. A brilliant, “feel good” class.
Friday, 8th March: Easy Run, 5.06 km, 38:02. This run was the confidence booster I needed before Race Day. It was cloudy by the time I set off and I deliberately kept my pace super easy even when my body wanted to go a bit faster. My legs felt good and strong.
Saturday, 9th March: Rest Day. We collected our race packs and decided to pull my daughter Kaia out of the 5 km race. She had missed two days of school because of a bad cough and although she was feeling a lot better, we felt an hour of running would not be a good idea for her. I spent most of the day just feeling incredibly nervous – a lot more than usual and I had to keep reminding myself that I would finish the distance and I needed to stop obsessing about a potential PB, but rather on how much fun I would have.
Sunday, 10th March: Gabs Half Marathon, 2:37:42. Finally, the day was here! Considering how stressed I was on Saturday, I was very calm before the race. I don’t want to give too much away but I ran a solid race for about 15/16 km and then it was mind over matter to get to the end. My husband took this photo as I was heading towards the Finish Line. Can you just see the look of relief on my face?!
Summary: A very solid week to end this 10-week training cycle. A brand new Half Marathon PB. A shiny new medal for my stash.
[Weekly Mileage: 36.96 km |Gabs 1/2 Training Cycle: 268.68 km | 2019 Mileage: 268.68 km | Gym Classes: 2]