I ran my third half-marathon (and second one of 2015) back in April. I had such high expectations for this half – remember back in January when I was still on my running high after Disney and I decided that I wanted to run another half? I decided on the Run like a Diva race because it was close enough to home and it was a flat course. Perfect.
Except that there was 12 weeks between Disney and the Diva race.
Twelve weeks is the perfect amount of time to train for a half. It was exactly what I had already done for Disney – I decided to mix things up for Divas and add some speed work into the training. I set myself a lofty goal of trying to finish close to the 2 hour mark (which meant increasing my pace by 1 and a half minutes per mile).
My training started off pretty good – at least for the first month, then I went home to Ireland and despite packing my running gear and my best intentions I barely ran at all while I was there. That was it…..a turning point when I just stopped feeling up for running. I kept up the running, but I was only managing to get in about half the number of miles I was meant to and I stopped all attempts at speed work, or to be honest even trying to do any sort of decent pace.
New goal of Divas…..just finish and enjoy the experience!
Divas was the hardest of the three halves I’ve run and that was completely down to the pathetic training I had done. If I was to go back and change anything I would have signed up for a race much closer to Disney rather than 12 weeks away – apparently even though 12 weeks is the perfect amount of time to train, 24 weeks of training back to back just made running lose all of its appeal to me.
Anyway the race itself was great fun though! I ran in a sea of pink and kept a steady pace for most of the race. I walked through all the water stops (it was a very hot day), but by mile 10 I was struggling and I started walking for 0.1 miles and then running for 0.4 miles which worked until mile 12. I ended up walking most of mile 12 because every time I tried to run my legs felt like jelly. Right before the finish straight I stopped off and collected by pink feather boa and tiara and then pelted it for the finish line. I crossed the finish line at 2 hour 28 minutes and I was a little disappointed that it was nearly 15 minutes slower than my first race but better than not trying at all right!
All in all it was a very good race, especially considering the shocking lack of training. I spent the rest of the day resting at the beach and soaking up the sunshine. I’ll definitely run another half but for now I’ll wait a while, take a decent break from running and then start again in the autumn.