March 11th is creeping up on me a bit faster than I would hope. Why is March 11th important? Well that is the day that I will try to hit my half marathon PR goal of 2:15. I will be trying to hit this goal at the Swamphouse Half Marathon. I have wanted to hit this time for a while. Mainly since running the 2010 Princess Half Marathon with Adam when we finished at 2:23.
All half marathons since that race have gone in the opposite direction which scares me even more about this goal. But there have also been battles with injuries, a lack of training and an overall dread of running around those races following the 2010 Princess. So why am I fixated again on this 2:15 goal?
Well I have found my love for running again, greatly increased my knowledge of running and how to properly train. I credit a lot of this to a friend of mine named, Jeff. He is probably one of my biggest supporters in my running journey and gave me the amazing gift of a subscription to Runner’s World when I needed it most. I also started searching the internet, stumbled on many blogs that re-energized me and gave me the final bit of motivation I needed. So back to the pavement I went with a whole new outlook on my running and that PR goal calling my name.
I have been focusing on having a more well-rounded training plan to finally understand all this talk about strength training, cross training, tempo runs, negative splits, etc that I had been reading. And I’m happy to say, I’m enjoying training soo much more than just spending time running. I have really started to like the cycle classes at the gym (and might finally have found a way to be comfortable on that stupid seat), found a love for high intensity intervals and finally had a fun mock 5K with negative splits. See…..
|1||1.00 mi||09:57||9:58 min/mi|
|2||1.00 mi||09:25||9:26 min/mi|
|3||1.00 mi||09:16||9:17 min/mi|
Nice and speedy for me.
This morning was also another big step in my process of trying to properly train (or at least pretend that I know what I’m doing). Since I started running in 2008, I never liked running with water or any type of fueling with me. I thought it was just fine to eat and drink before I went out and again when I got home. During races, I would take full advantage of all the water stops and other choices on the courses, but it still never stuck with me to actually train with these things. (Yes, I read it countless times and understand the idea behind it but I’m a stubborn and thought I was fine…) I am proud to say that this morning, I turned over that new leaf, let go of my stubbornness and took FUEL WITH ME! Yep, I am still in shock myself. I grabbed the backpack to hold Bert, the camera, cell phone, a grape Gatorade and a Triple Berry Gu. Off I went with a goal of 9 miles for the morning.
The legs definitely felt heavy from last night’s Body Pump workout and took a while to warm up. I stopped to get a little stretching in after mile 2 and the legs felt better after that. My first fueling break came after 4 miles and I decided I would take fueling breaks for each 2 miles after that. I hit the mile 8 break and felt great so I powered through the last mile and then enjoyed the last of my Gatorade during my cool down walk.
I am super super happy with my 9 miles this morning. I maintained a steady pace (which is always a challenge for me) and that pace just happened to be GOAL PACE!!!! My total time for this morning’s run was 1:30:57. Wooohooo. Next week is going to be a big test as I have 11 miles on the schedule. If I can maintain goal pace for 11 miles, I will feel fully confident that I will achieve that PR.
My weekend has come to a close. Time to head into the work week with a few exciting events thrown in. Working overnight and helping a friend move into a new apartment await me tomorrow.