I stopped running for a while because I injured my ankle. I stopped registering for runs as well. As a result I gained weight and became one size bigger. Hence after around 2 months of being lazy, I started doing my usual 6K, 12K 15K+ routine. Well, I didn’t really get to do it but I tried to do it.
I had no plans of doing the 32K run but when an angel heard me saying I wanted to do it, the angel granted my wish! So I was a bit rattled seeing my 32K race kit and some runs that I registered in which includes a marathon with a 5-hour cut-off.
Time to get back in shape! So I was running Saturday and Sunday this past two weekends as the 32K race is nearing. It was a panic training but I was clear with my expectations. It was going to be a race to finish not to get a good time.
So I set my target at 3 hours 30 minutes as I finished 32K 3:28 last year which was more than a month after my surgery. The plan was to maintain a 5’30”-6’/km pace with walk breaks whenever there is a water station. I stuck to my plan. But glancing at my Garmin, I was somewhere between 5′-5’30” mostly.
I was feeling great with my pace so I just continued pushing. I made a mental note to try and do a sub 2 21K and then maybe relax all the way to the finish line. I was just below 2 hours when I reached the 21K mark. I pushed a little bit more then I started doing run-walk intervals.
I know I can still push until I finish but I stopped myself and just enjoyed the last 10K of the route. I was thinking of walking the last 5K but I just can’t do it so I still did my run-walk thing. I finished 15 minutes faster than my target. It feels great to know that yes I still can do a sub 3 32K. Will try and break my PR next year 🙂