My Winter Half Marathon(s) Game Plan
Yesterday I mentioned that I’ve officially started my “I am Going to Get a Huge Half Marathon PR This Winter” training cycle. Whoooooo! Nothing like turning up the pressure!
I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve got one half marathon per month scheduled for the next few months which means I have plenty of opportunities to knock out a great race!
November – Fort Lauderdale Half
December – Palm Beaches Half
January – Miami Half (<— the targeted PR race)
February – Fort Lauderdale Half #2 (Maybe)
March – Miami Beach Half (Maybe) or Sarasota Half (Maybe)
I was originally targeting Palm Beaches as my big PR race, but after some additional consideration I decided to push it back to the Miami Half in January.
Why? I just want to give myself the proper time to really ramp up and feel confident going into the goal race.
When I ran my second half in February of this year it was only my second time EVER running 13+ miles.
I’ve logged just a few more 13+ mile runs since then : ).
Now that I feel comfortable with the distance, I’m ready to train for finishing in a specific time. This adds a whole new dimension to my running that I’m really excited about!
Over the last few months I’ve been insanely inspired by so many other running bloggers training to reach specific goal times and I’m excited to join that club.
I want to run 2:45 at some point (and then 2:30 and then 2:15 and then …), but I’ll be really happy to hit 2:59 (13:39/mile) during one of the races on my list above.
My fastest half ever is 3:04 which happened during a marathon training run not that long ago. My official half marathon PR is 3:24 from back in February.
It’s pretty exciting to see such a big difference from just eight months ago!
I may be slow, but I’m making progress! Some days it doesn’t feel like it, but it’s happening!
So, based on my training run, I need to find a way to shave off 5 minutes from my overall time. It seems doable on the right day with fresh legs.
I’m glad I’m signed up for multiple races though, I feel like that takes some of the pressure off to execute a perfect race on any specific day.
Last night was my training kick-off run. It was just an easy 3-miler to work my way back into training, so it was pretty uneventful.
It rained lightly during the first mile and that made me feel pretty badass for a few minutes!
Then it got really muggy and I felt considerably less badass and considerably more hot for the rest of the run. Oh well!
Temp was in the mid-80s! Boooooo, high 60’s please come back!
What is your proudest running accomplishment so far?