I want to write this out, so that it clarifies to me why I have decided to run a half marathon 5 weeks after the worst marathon experience of my running life... so, here it goes...
I was not happy after the disaster at the Luxembourg marathon. It is not only a matter of time. I felt hurt and was not sure why... I was in a lot of pain for about a week, but probably my legs didn't suffer too much and I was also not happy with how my 4 months long preparation finished. So I have decided to test myself with a few sessions and see if i could get back in time for the Lisburn half marathon (20th of June), which meant recover, go back to training, and get faster from the long marathon running, in 5 weeks. Not a lot of time if you want to run your PB, but enough if you want to run a HM to get the race and speed feeling back in your brain and muscles.
Here is how it went. The first week after the marathon I only ran about 11 miles in total, very slowly. the second week I was travelling and I tested my legs with a tempo run (2 miles at 7', in a 5 miles run) and a few intervals (5X0.25 miles. + 1X0.4 mile. at 6' per mile with slow recovery (0.25 at 10'). this was in a 5 miles run as well.
The week finishing today was the 3rd week after the marathon. I ran about 44 miles with a couple of very good sessions (8miles with 4 tempo run at 7' per mile and intervals on the local track - 5X800 mt. at 3'06'' with 3/400 mt. slow recovery). I was ok after the intervals, and they were so precise that I felt in control. So I decided to sign up for the HM on the 20th of June.
This is only 16 days away now, so there is not much room for improvement (and today I ran almost 13 miles in 1h45', but I was not able to run more... so it could be difficult to run the HM as i want in 2 weeks).
My objective is to test my mind and body on the 7' per mile for as far as I can go (even if I can only do a 10k) and then finish the race as I can. This should help me with the real objective of this year: running 13.1 miles in less than 90' (hopefully in Belfast at the end of September)
I will keep you posted and let you know how it will go