Taper Week & The Race Plan

Find out how my final taper week for Alloa Half Marathon has gone, plus my goal and the race plan I'm hoping will help me achieve it!Well, this has rolled around pretty damn fast! This time on Sunday I’ll be dragging myself out of bed for my standard pre-race breakfast of toast, peanut butter & banana, before heading off to Alloa Half Marathon & attempting to stick to my race plan.

But first, let’s back up and look at how my taper week has gone:

Monday: Personal Training
Lots of mobility work and upper body stuff in this session to keep my legs nice & fresh!

Tuesday: Intervals
4x400m at 6:40 pace

Wednesday: personal training
Another relatively light session focusing mainly on mobility work & getting my legs & hips loosened up!

Thursday: Tempo
3 miles at 8:30 pace
Ugh, this felt way harder than it should have! I’m trying to remind myself that on race day I’ll be properly rested, fuelled and pumped full of adrenaline. Hopefully that combo will do the job!

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Aaand now it’s Friday! The plan is to rest today, then do a bit of walking and stretching tomorrow.

The Race Plan

I’ve been debating what my goal time should be for this race for ages. One of my running goals for the year is to run a sub 1:45 half marathon and I think I might be almost there. Having said that, I don’t want to go out too hard and end up running a slower race than I’m capable of.

To throw another spanner in the works, it’s forecast to be a super windy day (40mph gusts, help!).

If we ignore the wind (forecasts are often wrong, right!?), my plan is as follows: Aim for sub 1:47 – which I reckon is realistic – with a backup goal of sub 1:50. I’ve ran 1:50 pace for 12 miles in training so, frankly, I’ll be pretty pissed off if I can’t manage this!

If the stars align and I’m feeling super strong then I might push on and attempt sub 1:45, but I’m not holding out much hope!

So, the plan is to start off around 8:10 – 8:15 minute miles (and definitely not dipping into 7- territory in the first few miles!). I’m hoping to ignore my watch a bit more and run on feel but whether I’ll stick to that plan once I get going is another story…

Whatever my time, I’ll be celebrating with cake since Sunday also happens to be my birthday!

P.S. If you fancy reading about my training for this race, you can find all the posts here: Alloa Half Marathon


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