My Big Half-Marathon Goal

First off, I want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who wished me well after my big announcement on Tuesday. This new job is a great opportunity and I’m really excited to see where my life leads me. Taking a risk is always terrifying and those feelings of self-doubt can creep in, but if you’re feeling stuck in an area of your life, it’s vital that you take the time for self-reflection to recognize what you can do to change that. For me, I felt stuck in my current position and knew that I had to take the risk to put myself out there and find something new. I definitely have a blog post in my mind on the subject of risk-taking and taking advantage of opportunities. More to come soon.

Besides job hunting, I’ve also been running a lot these last few months! I’m currently training for the Boston Run to Remember half marathon over Memorial Day weekend. Since I ran throughout the winter, picking up my mileage for training was not a problem. I knew I could run the race without very much training in terms of handling the distance. But this time around, I really want to PR in the half. Right now, my half PR is 1:56, which I set at the Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon & Festival after running 2 races the day before. Needless to say, I ran a tough race on tired legs. I’m really curious what I can do on a much flatter course, on rested legs, with a bit more training.

My goal? I’m hoping to get 1:50 or somewhere around there. I’ll be very happy with 1:51 or 1:52. To do that, I’ve been trying some new things:

  • Hill Club. I’ve mentioned Hill Club at Heartbreak Hill Run Company before, and it’s been so great in terms of getting me speedy! The workouts are all on fabled Heartbreak Hill (and we know how good hill workouts are for increasing endurance and speed) and include lots of tempo work and hill repeats which I can tell has made me stronger. My tempo speed feels easier and I feel overall stronger.
  • Afterburn + strength work. I’ve continued to do strength training throughout training, specifically HIIT and strength+endurance training. It’s kept imbalances at bay and I trained all winter and this spring with pretty much zero strains or weird pains. So far, injuries have stayed far away, which I know has a lot to do with strength training on top of my running.

I’m still running 4 days a week, taking 1-2 rest days a week, and trying to go to yoga once a week. That process sure as hell isn’t broken, so I’m not going to mess with it. I’ve also had some pretty good inspiration lately thanks to the Boston Marathon. I wish I could train as hard and run as strong as Shalane.

Shalane Flanagan Boston Marathon 2015

Honestly, trying to balance running and training with work and the job hunt has been hard, which is why the blog took a back seat for a while. Something had to give. I’m trying to force myself out the door in the morning on days where running 5 miles before 7am is just a lot easier on my sanity and my schedule. We’ll see how much that sticks, but I’m going to have to try with this new job. More to come, I’m sure. But there it is — my big goal for the next half. Cue the panic! ;)

 

Readers: Training for any races? How was your winter training?

Anyone else get chills when they watch big marathons? Talk about inspirational!