Does everyone get this excited or is it just me? :)! I am super excited to be officially training for my next 1/2 marathon!!! T-5 weeks and counting! I am doing one in the fall, but I wanted to try to find one more this spring/summer. I really wanted to run THIS RACE, but it just seemed a little pricey to me. Everything else about it seemed great..it is close, good timing, just looks fun. So I did what any smart runner would do…I asked for it as an early birthday present! (races make awesome gifts)! :)…thanks Mel! So Zooma it is and I am excited!
I spent a little bit of time yesterday looking up some tempo and speed run ideas and tried to get a better idea of what my pacing should be.
I am going to try making a few adjustments to some of my speed work and see what happens. First I am going to do more of my longer speed/ tempo intervals on the road and not on the track. (I started that today).
Second I am going to try changing my recovery from walking to active jog recovery (I did not do that today).
Lastly I really want to work on fast finishes….this is just REALLY hard for me!
Those are just a couple of things I am going to try implementing and see how it goes.
I went ahead and jumped right in today with tempo interval speed work.
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For my tempo intervals I did 3 miles, 3 minute recovery, 2 miles, 2 minute recovery, 1 mile, 1 minute recovery. I was aiming for goal marathon pace (6:51). I did these on the road and my splits were: 6:40, 6:47, 6:35…6:40, 6:44…6:45…(6:42 average).
I walked my recovery this time. I also did 1.5 mile warm up and cool down. Overall….I was really happy with this. I almost chickened out and did it on the track just because that is easier for me and I know more what to expect…but I am glad I didn’t!
Now I just want to find a trail to do some of my longer runs on :).
I am looking forward to a great weekend….We are having friends over for dinner tomorrow and church on Sunday…. should be a great weekend!!!! I just heard that Shalane is in DC at the Nike woman’s half and we are so close…I was almost tempted to go…but I’m not.
Are you training for anything?
Do you do your long runs on trails or roads?
Any fun weekend plans…..who’s racing?