To go along with my ILP of bettering my life in random ways. I have decided that I am going to run a second half marathon May 21st of this year. This is something that I have been going back and forth on for a while now. My first half marathon wasn’t the greatest experience, but I also wasn’t proud of the time that I got. I feel as if I have to prove to myself that I am capable of so much more than my 2 hour and 30 minute time I got the first go around.
My first half marathon I trained hard, but not as consistently as I wished I would have. Also, there were a couple of other factors that I feel made my time worse than what I had trained for. My half marathon was in Vegas, so we walked around all day before the race, stayed up late, and before the marathon we had to be there 3 hours early, so we stood around a lot. Some of these were factors that I could control, but some of them weren’t. So, this next marathon around I have decided to train harder so that I hopefully do not run into this same problem, and blow myself away.
This time around I have decided to use the Hal Higdon Intermediate 1 training program. This is the same program I used the last time, but I used the Novice 1 training program. I actually already am 3 weeks into my training. This week, I decided to make an entire calendar for my running partner and I based on the runs that we are supposed to do that day. I also color coded all of the runs based on if they were cross training days, regular running days, or paced run days. I feel that this will help keep me more accountable and more on track then when I trained last time.
Honestly, making and filling out what I’ve done so far for my training this week has sparked an entirely new motivation in me. You might notice my goal in big letters and the 2 hour and 10 minute goal! This is the goal time that I hope to achieve based on how I trained last season. I know that if I work hard then this is something that is totally achievable. You might wonder how I got this number, I used this website. This really helped me pick a goal that I thought was attainable. I think that a 9:55 min/per mile pace is something that I can keep up for 13.1 miles.
I am so excited to be starting this journey all over again. Through training and actually running a half marathon I’ve realized how mentally and physically tough I can be. I have turned many of my cant’s into can’s. That might sound cheesy, but when you cross that finish line after 13.1 miles of struggle and hard work, you feel such a sense of accomplishment and pride. I cannot wait until race day to kill this!
P.S. for those of you that are interested this is the half marathon I will be running in May. It is full of hills, so training on the monument path will become my best frenemy!