From the start of this year I set a goal to run Cardiff at a 7 min mile average. It seemed sensible and achievable back then. 9 months to train and prep, what more could I need. Time ticked along, pbs came and went but that goal remained. I’ve always struggled at post 10 miles. Think I’m built more for speed than distance. Merthyr half I started at the goal pace and ticked along ok until a few little climbs blew me away. Swansea half I again gave it a shot, from about 9 I struggled. This wasn’t looking like a great target to aim for. Since then I’ve worked hard. Grasped the believe that to race 13.1 you have to be able to run 15. In fact I’ve managed a few training runs now at sub 8 for just over 15.
It’s seemed to get tougher the closer race day has come. Certainly a combination of pushing harder and feeling the pressure. The only person that’s pushing this goal is me. But that’s what running is about. Bettering yourself at every opportunity.
Today was the last proper part of the training, no music, just a run to park run about 8 mm. Parkrun at 7mm and run home at 8mm. I managed all 3 at faster pace. Without rally pushing it.
An easy week now with eating decent and doing all the recovery stuff I have known and all will be sorted for Sunday.
Funny to think in looking forward to this half being done so that I can relax and enjoy some ultra training. I know I will PB at Cardiff, I’ve worked hard for it to come. But let’s hope it’s 1:31:42 or less, as always nice to reach your goal. It will make sub 90 more realistic for next time too.
Ultras are really catching my eye, I think it’s the thought of 9mm it sounds soo relaxed and easy. A lot still to learn but can’t wait to start trying it on longer runs.