Tuesday, June 9, 2015

It's That Time Again...

Since last September, I knew I would be returning to Akron to take on the half marathon. I ran the first two legs of the marathon relay and really enjoyed the course. Since I had done just about nine miles of it, I had decided I would make this my goal race for the year.

The past couple months have been prepping. The first thing I had to do was figure out a training plan. My half marathon PR is from my very first half in Philadelphia in 2012. It has been two year, six months and 16 days since my half marathon PR (but who's counting) and clearly I am missing something. I have been REALLY close recently to breaking my PR, but that 1:51 mark is haunting me. 

Luckily Mark, a Twitter friend of mine, said he would help me. He wrote me an awesome training plan that would take me completely out of my comfort zone. It includes everything, even strength training. So, I got myself some kettle bells and a DVD and I am going for it. The training plan is 16 week and a little over 500 miles. 

Next thing I had to do was build a base. I wanted to have a few solid races at different distances. From April to now I have had two very good half marathons (1:53 each), an okay 10K (54:05) and a pretty good 5K (23:48). I cut a lot of awful things out of my diet, mainly soda. I will admit, after long runs I do enjoy some Mountain Dew, but only a little bit and not  a whole bottle. 

The final thing I had to figure out was what I want my goal pace to be. While at the Pittsburgh Marathon expo, I stopped at the pace team stand. I didn't need a pace band for that event, but I did need one for Akron. I grabbed two of them, a 1:47 and a 1:50. I could take the easy way out and just get the PR, but I want to crush it. It has been tormenting me for over two years. I need to prove to myself that I can do it! 

For the past month, this has been sitting on my dresser. 

It is a constant reminder of what I want. I want to PR. I want to train differently. I am ready to leave it all out there and push myself to the limits. It is not going to be easy, no one ever said it would be. I am ready.

I am really going to be putting myself out there. This is uncharted territory and I'm nervous/scared/excited all at the same time! I am going to be completely honest with you guys, as always. I'm going to need a ton of support along the way!

Do you have a goal fall race planned? Where and what distance?


  1. YAY STEFF!!! I know it's scary to put your goals out there, but you absolutely can do it. I'll be here to support you along the way, and I can't wait for you to crush the race!! You go girl :)

  2. Akron is my goal race too! Well, I don't know how much of a goal goal it will be because I'm still not running far, but it's definitely the one I'm preparing for!

  3. I ran Akron a few years ago. Loved it! No fall race planned yet for me.

  4. I would love to see your training plan if you're willing to share it! I always like seeing different plans. I'm planning to do the Philly Half this November as one of my goal fall races.

  5. You're going to do GREAT, Steff! I'm excited to follow along in your journey; I know you will put your heart and soul into this and it'll be worth it. My "fall" race will be the same marathon I ran last year, in December; I can't wait!