Posted by: isshino | April 28, 2008

1 week left for the half marathon

Well, it’s almost time for my half marathon. I’ve been training for a long time for this and I think that I’m ready for it! On last week I took it easier than I had been doing. I ran 5k on Tuesday because I was still recovering from the 10k race from last Sunday. I went for a 2 hour ride on my bike on Wednesday, which was a lot of fun!

I got invited to the beach for the weekend with a group of friends, so I moved my long run for the week from Sunday to Thursday night. I ran 10 miles (16k) on two and a half hours, I was at a slow pace, but enjoying my run because it was raining!! it doesn’t rain much around here, so I don’t get the chance to run when it’s raining. I have to say that It is an amazing feeling to run under the rain, I felt like I was fighting the elements! it makes me feel stronger when it gets harder to keep going, it gets colder, I’m soaked, my clothes get heavier, there’s noone else running but me, but it doesn’t matter, I just keep on running, no matter what… and being able to do that feels great!

On Friday I went for a short bike ride before leaving for the beach with my friends, It wasn’t a long ride because I was still tired from Thursday’s run. On Saturday I swam on open waters for the first time since I started my swimming lessons and well… it’s a lot harder than swimming in a pool, there are no lanes for me to follow, and the currents and waves makes it even harder to swim in a straight line! But I managed to swim around 300 meters, which I think its ok since I’m just starting swimming. On Sunday I managed to wake up at 8 am before everyone else, I saw that as a signal for me to run, so I put on my running shoes on (yup, I took them to the beach with me!) and went for a 12k run on the beach!!

Now it’s time to rest for the half marathon. I think this is going to be a hard week for me. I am so used to working out everyday and just thinking that I wont do much this week is driving me crazy already! I will probably run 5k tomorrow and 3k on Thursday, but that doesn’t seem like much, and to top that I am going to be eating more carbs than usually to have more energy for the big day… So until Sunday I’m going to be accumulating a lot of energy that I wont be using, and if you add the anxiety from the race… well, it doesn’t looks like it’s going to be a fun week, at least not until Sunday.


  1. Good luck with the week–you’re almost there!! And awesome ambition on the swimming. I’ve never been all that great at swimming. Enjoy your downtime this week and get your mind ready for that half!

  2. You are going to do great. I think it is ok to go on a few light runs in the days leading up to the race…a 5K or something like you mentioned should be fine. Then again, I am not the one that has been training for the half so you probably know your body better than I do!

    Keep us posted.

  3. Don’t let the anxiety get to you. What will be will be. Stay loose and think about your strengths.

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