Alrighty! So, starting ½ marathon training is getting closer and closer (well, technically one day closer than yesterday, so I guess we don’t need to panic – but it is 19 weeks today until the race, and 21 days until training starts!), so I’ve decided to set some goals for how it’s going to go down.
Finish the 1/2. I don’t have a goal time; I just want to finish the race within the allowed time. The start is 9am, and the course cut off is 1pm. Even walking I should be able to finish within 4 hours, so as long as everything goes well, it should be fine.
Complete every run. I know it’s not realistic to imagine that for 4 months I’ll be able to follow a schedule perfectly without having to shuffle things around, but I want to complete every run. There are a total of 63 runs in the training plan and I want to attempt them all. For this, I’ve decided that cutting short a run here and there is ok, but I don’t want to be cutting my long runs short.
This is going to mean that I have to shuffle my life around a bit as I have some events on. The weekend I’m supposed to be running 14.4km, I have a big tournament (I’m coaching) that requires me to be in the water for 8-10hrs a day. That’s going to mean either running VERY early on the Saturday morning (like, 4am) or Friday morning. Or maybe Friday evening. I have no idea, but I’m not missing it.
No injuries. This means training smart. I have to keep cross training. Yoga will keep me stretchy, and pump will hopefully keep me strong. If I’m hurting, I need to deal with it right away rather than hope it gets better by itself. I need to foam roll, ice, and sleep.
Run with others. At least 5 of these 63 runs I want to run with a running buddy or group. I always run alone. People are always yapping about how running with other people is cool, so I want to try it. I think giving it at least 5 runs is a good way to see if I actually like it.
Run early. I’m not a morning person. At all. I love staying up late, and I hate getting up early. I want to run at least 5 runs in the morning. Who knows, maybe I’ll fall in love with it and become a morning runner!
Enter races. I want to enter at least 5 races along the way. They could just be one of the 5km races that are held around the city every week, or a longer 10km run somewhere, but I want to get at least a bit of experience running in more of a race setting.
I’ve already got myself lined up for a 10km in Levin in 10 weeks, and I’m thinking of doing Pencarrow (10km) too. Originally, I was going to run Pencarrow in May (13 weeks away), then train for the Auckland ½. Now I’m accidentlally running a ½ just 7 weeks after I was going to run that 10k. Oops.
I still want to run Pencarrow, but it’s 10k and my training program says run 12.8km on that day. Can I just do another 2.8k earlier or later? Does it all have to be in 1 go? These are all questions I don’t know the answer to, but I guess I should find out.
Have fun. I’m not doing this because I want to torture myself, I’m doing this because I want running to be fun. I want to be one of those people who seem to be able to run effortlessly – you know, the ones you secretly (or not so secretly) hate. I want to be able to exercise even when I’m on holiday just by taking a pair of shoes with me. I want to remember when I’m 19km into the ½ that I’m actually doing this because I want to – and the only way it’s going to be enjoyable is if I do the training and go into it prepared and fit.
Keep running. I don’t want this to be my one go at racing. I want to run another ½ marathon (Auckland) later this year, and I might even consider doing a full marathon in 2014, or if not, at least continue running 1/2s.