Random pictures of one of the most relaxing weekends I had in quite a while: I went for the first run in my new kicks for shorter, speedier workouts (I had been watching these since my Nike 10K in May but was not willing to spend 160 € for them; now I got them for 80 € - yay, bargain!) and it felt like heaven. Originally I had intended to go to the pool on Saturday but it was so overcrowded that I spontaneously met up with a friend and jumped into the river instead. This will be repeated for sure! Today I will be back to that part of the river but in a boat this time. Oh, and I made a new friend: Mr. Caterpillar.
Some pictures from last weekend … There were a triathlon relay (I did the running part), a birthday party, being a cheer crowd on the second day of the triathlon and the World Cup finale when the cup was finally made ours again after 24 years with a party until 3 am and a work day starting at 8 am the next morning. Thankfully, my agenda is blissfully empty this weekend so I can make the most out of the beautiful weather we shall have and try to get rid of the sleep deficit I have been carrying around for the past few days.
Me watching soccer … Go, Germany! 5:0!!!!
My weekend in pictures - okay, the medal is from a company run Thursday night to be precise (6 km) but the rest pretty much tells this weekend’s story: food and football! Oh, and running! I kicked off a training plan to hopefully get me to a sub-60-min 10K.
Since the longest distance I will be running this year in a race will be the 10 miles of the Great South Run I figured that now would be a good time to actually learn how to go faster.
Third official half marathon today and by far not my best … The weather gods were not on our side and I was severely undertrained. I mainly went for short runs the last weeks and had only 6 runs > 10 km in the last 12 weeks, the longest one being 16 km. Way too few compared to what I did before my other half marathons. This said I decided to treat this more as a training run with a few spectators, water stations and a medal at the end. So I tried out various (pre-)race tactics I have always wanted to try but didn’t want to do before a “real” race:
- rice instead of pasta for carbloading (pretty good idea - I felt less hungry during the race than I usually did)
- hydrating more during the race instead of before (no toilet break for me this time - huge win)
- wearing my phone in an arm case instead of a belt around my hips (bad idea since it chafed which started on the last 2 km - no wonder it didn’t happen in training so far considering my long runs)
- trying to run a negative split - simply didn’t happen since I couldn’t pace myself down enough during the first half
So what will I do differently now in training?
- taking my long runs more seriously again
- hills, hills, hills! There were some steeper passages and I want to get better at those!
- practice running negative splits
Mini public viewing (my boyfriend, a friend and myself) of the World Cup at home - the German edition … Black sepia pasta with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese, followed by mascarpone cream topped with Oreos, strawberry puree and shortbread.
Strawberry madness from front to back: strawberries, strawbanilla donut and strawberry milk. #food #strawberry #yummy
Still alive … Just enjoying life to the max at the moment!
Break!!! At the races - doing quite well for the first time one race class higher. #coffee #dragonboating #race
Meet the newest addition to my arsenal of running gear - a FlipBelt. I was tired of various other system I have tried out to carry around my phone, keys, money, train ticket and gels during my long runs. Everything I have tried out so far was either not meant to be worn with my body shape (regardless which size I tried those things kept riding up and down my body) or had some sharper edges that produced some not-so-nice chafing when I was running for longer than 90 minutes. At the marathon expo in May I came across the FlipBelt system and simply gave it a try. And I’m a huge fan so far - I will still have to try it on runs > 2 hours but until that threshold everything keeps neatly tucked in place without any wobbling, chafing or whatever.