I came back from my run and I had let my cat onto the screened porch. Came home and there was a new, black, eeewwwweeeie friend in my kitchen. Again...not amused. Hopefully it will stay behind my state of the art trap until Kyle gets home.
Today I began my half-marathon training officially. I had been upping my mileage slowly, however because I actually have a goal for this race I decided to put a little more focus into my training. I am running the Clearwater Half Marathon in January and I really, really, really, really want to finish with a "1" in front of my time.
According to the Clearwater Half's website it is, "the most challenging half marathon in Florida with 4 bridge climbs." Oh joy.
But I knew that. I ran the race in 2008 in 2:14 and at one point I remember running up a windy bridge and not moving.
|Pre "lived" in 2008|
After doing some research and having one awful training run where I decided to try to increase my mileage, in the sun, at my race pace...I have a training plan. It's modeled loosely after Marathon Madman's blog. You can read his plan here.
I say "loosely" because I am only doing 2 runs a week. Yes, that's bad, but I have a crooked spine and neck and that is what I know my body can give me. I'm also stubborn and won't give up my butt-whooping's with Kyle in the gym.
Each week I'm doing one long run and one either tempo or interval run. This week it's 6 x 1:50 400's and 7-10 miles with an over 10min pace.
|After the Holiday Halfathon 2010|
I did a 1 mile warm-up at a 10 minute pace. Then I did 6 400's and I basically went as fast as I could. The workout was supposed to be done on a treadmill, but I was already home. So I just figured "as fast as I could go" would do. After each 400, I walked for 1:50. That was great to get my energy back up.
On Saturday morning I'll do my long run and I need everyone to collectively tweet, facebook, and call me to make sure I do it! I'm notorious for not wanting to get out of bed...bad, bad runner!
This will be my 5th half marathon and the only one I've ever planned out my training for. Let's do this!
How do you plan out your race training?
Love and inclines,
Carissa & Kyle