My Scottish Half Strategy

I figured with a couple of days to go until the Scottish half, it’d be a good idea to look at the route and elevation, and the weather and see what my plans for the run will be.

Having been on holiday, I had a bit of a break in my training, but I did a good 10 mile run before I went away, 3 runs when I was away (including a 7 miler) and 3 runs since I’ve been back (including an easy 9 miler). 10 runs in the last 4 weeks, with a beak in the middle.

I’ve felt comfortable when running in the last week, and it seems I don’t seem to have lost much fitness. We did walk a lot, and I got back to it this week ok.

The 9 miler when I got back was nice and easy, just under 9 minute miles, Wednesday’s 5k was pushing the pace a bit just higher than 8 min miles, and today felt good at 8:37 min miles.

And my avg heart rate felt good today too – 153, max 167.

For the half on Sunday, I think I’ll aim for my HR around 150-160 for the first 8-10 miles, then let it so whatever it needs to do for the last 3-5 miles.

Seeing the route, I think I’ll split the run down into 4 chunks – 3 x 4 miles, then 1.1 for the last one. The pace from my effort might translate at between 8-9 minute miles I’d expect. And my last half race was 8:24 min miles (around 1:50 ish) bit I don’t mind what the time end up as.

(I don’t want to push it too much though, hence the conservative heart rate plan.)

The weather looks like it could be a bit rainy, but not much wind. I’m sure it’ll be fine. 10 or 11’C is probably good temps for running too. Think I’ll wear my shorts, tshirt, body warmer and arms.

One thing I didn’t check before I signed up was the elevation, and I was quite pleasantly surprised today when I checked it:

https://www.scottishhalfmarathon.com/events/scottish-half/

It’s described as fast and flat, but all I can see is downhill here (lol). Weeeeeeeeeeee!

Looking forward to it. 🙂

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