It’s time to talk about GOALS!
All of last week I spent testing out different training paces to see what I thought would be a challenging but realistic goal for the Miami Half Marathon.
Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to be in shape to PR. That’s more of a Fall 2017 goal, although next fall I plan to SMASH my current PR out of the water.
Looking Back on Summer Training
Most of my summer was spent focused on running a marathon in 5:59 (or 13:41/mi pace). I was following the Hansons plan which has a very specific outline for which weeks you do speed workouts and how long your tempos are as you progress with the plan.
The longest tempo I did at marathon pace was only five miles long back in August, so I don’t feel like I’m in the right place to run a half marathon at that pace… and even if I did that would only result in 2:59 which is slower than my current PR as it is.
Setting Reasonable Expectations
Instead of setting myself up with unrealistic goals, I want to set a goal that I know is within reach as long as I work for it.
Based on my training runs last week I feel like 14:10 – 14:15 is a pace that’s challenging but also doable for a half marathon. It’s honestly not something I could hold for even 8 or 10 miles right now, but I know I can get there with focus over the next few weeks.
So, with that being said, here are my Miami Half Marathon goals:
A. 3:05 (14:10/mi)
B. 3:10 (14:30/mi)
C. Run hard and end with a feeling of pride/accomplishment.
If I can hit my A or B goal I’ll feel good about this season and the progress I’ve made.
Turing Frustrations into Positives
My current half marathon PR is 2:57 (set in Jan ’15), so it’s a bit frustrating to be aiming for times that are significantly slower than that. However, I’m just being honest with myself and where my training and body are at currently.
Initially I did let frustration sink in, but I realized there’s really no point in dwelling on it. I can’t do anything about my situation now except strive for as much improvement in the half as I can make this season. The Miami Half and the A1A Half in February will help me set the stage for Fall 2017.
Curiosity Killed the Cat
I hate this saying, but it’s something I’m keeping in the forefront of my mind because a part of me feels like on race day I could pull off a new half marathon PR.
Currently the coldest weather I’ve had the chance to train in is about 74*F. On race day it’s possible it will be in the 50s (as it has been for the last two years). If it’s nice and chilly that may help me run much faster than I’m doing in training runs.
I’d love to pull off an unexpected PR, but I need to be smart about this race. I dropped to the half because I wanted to have a race strategy that I could feel excited about executing – and for me that race strategy is really turning the race into a progression run. I earned my current half marathon PR by executing a perfect progression run and I am hopeful to do the same this coming January.
If I get too curious about running fast(er) in cool weather during the first couple of miles I could pay for it the rest of the race, so I will need to be smart about that.
During the first part of the race I will remind myself that “curiosity killed the cat.” And then I’ll be sad that this saying exists.
Pace Run Question
I’m using the Hal Higdon Intermediate 1 plan to train for Miami. Since this is my first time using a HH plan, I have a few questions that I’m hoping you guys can answer! 🙂
When it comes to following a HH plan, how do you handle race pace runs?
Hal doesn’t specifically mention any warm up or cool down information on his site (that I can see), so I’m guessing he means run the prescribed number of miles @ race pace and then add on whatever warm up and cool down you want? Or does he mean to include the warm up and cool down within the total miles prescribed that day?
If you’ve followed a HH plan before please comment below with what you did! Thank you :).
When is your next goal race?
What’s your favorite distance to race?