HALF MARATHON 2021 TRAINING STARTS. St. Valentine’s Day is Sunday! The true holiday or preceding Saturday may be the actual date some of you will be running the first of the two ‘SAINT’S DAYS’ races, the 5K. Virtual or personal, custom-designed competitions will allow a range of days.
Regardless of race day, congratulations on completing training up to this point!
Check out the article by Pete Magill about Tune-Up races that was discussed in the original blog post on the topic. The referenced expert, Paul Aufdemberge, explains the way to approach this race. ”Since it’s not a goal race, you should feel like you ran fairly evenly all the way through. You should feel like you could have run faster. You don’t want to charge out and die”. The purpose of a goal race is to build confidence.
If you don’t complete a 5K, stick with the plan as it builds up mileage and get in a long slow 6-mile run or brisk 5-mile walk on Saturday.
Stretch and roll afterwards and look forward to the next goal in your plan, the 10K that will be scheduled on or near the March 17 St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Hopefully if you have been paying attention to building strength, improving balance, and increasing speed in the last half of your long runs/walks, you will notice fresher legs, and achieve a strong finish.
RUN & MOVE HAPPY!
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