Jack Daniels Training Plan user Antoni Baltar of Barcelona, Spain set his second half marathon PR in just two weeks! After adjusting his training to accomodate a sore left calf, Antoni surprised us by running 1:25:57, 1 minute and 10 seconds faster than his previous best. He’s now right on track to reach his goal of breaking 3 hours in the Barcelona Marathon next month.
Antoni gave us a glimpse into his mental state during the race along with a nice lesson from his father-in-law in how the injury actually may have helped him PR…
10 km: 40:32 ( it would have been one of my best 10km historic times, by the way). I started very explosive, 3:54 the first km, and had to “put on the brake” 15 km: 1:01:05 . “Well, if I have to abandon after this, it has been a nice and valid test. But let’s try to finish. Now both calves hurt, so yo have no excuse ;-)” 20 km: 1:21:40 “hey, not only I am breaking my PR. I can finish under 1:26!” Finish Line: 1:25:57 J
My father in law, elite middle and short distance runner in his youth, told me after the race: “Your calf has been the key. You say you have been thinking ALL THE TIME in your calf trouble, being concerned about it. This way you have freed your mind of any other worry or pressure”