My planned half marathon on Sept. 3rd was downgraded to more of a training run due to an illness and missed training three weeks before the race. Still, I was somehow on edge all week in a taper-y way.
Sunday, August 27th: Rest day from running. I went to a professional track meet in the afternoon and had so much fun.
Monday, August 28th: 8 km easy + 1 hr. Pilates.
Tuesday, August 29th: 8 km total with 6x3min at interval pace. Felt sluggish on my warmup, but interval pace turned out to be not so bad.
Wednesday, August 30th: 8 km easy.
Thursday, August 31st: Supposed to be a mini-workout with 2×10 min. at threshold pace, but took a rest day instead because my son was home sick.
Friday, Sept. 1st: Kiddo feeling much better, but now I’m all anxious about getting his cold. 5km easy jog.
Saturday, Sept. 2nd: 6km easy jog, feeling sniffly.
Sunday, Sept. 3rd: Still sniffly, but my resting heart rate is not elevated and I’m otherwise fine. I got up before 6 to eat oatmeal and coffee up, and left for the race at 6:45. It was a beautiful day, sunny but cool, with a slight breeze and low humidity. The race was just the right size: 1200 runners, so not huge and over-crowded, but enough people that you were never running alone. I started out at the pace prescribed by my coach, which was faster than my usual easy pace but felt easy given the crowds and race-day energy. I didn’t pay much attention to my watch and just ran. Apparently I should have paid more attention, because I started running too fast and my hamstrings started cramping around km 15. I slowed down to a jog, but it didn’t get better. At km 16 I decided I had no desire to finish the last 5km at sad-crampy-pace. Km 16 was actually only 1 km from the finish line, so I took off my number and sad-jogged back for my first DNF in a long time. Embarrassing, maybe, but ultimately it was the right decision. Running with crampy hamstrings is not only painful and Not Fun, but can lead to longer term problems. This way, I recovered quickly, as from any other workout, and can get back to training. I have my eye on an October 10k and look forward to the next few weeks of training.