Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Desperately Wanting

I don't think I can say this enough, but this training has really been emotional for me. I have never trained like this before, ever. Even when I set my half marathon PR (1:42) I never trained for the paces I hit during that race. When I decided I wanted to go for another sub-1:50, I knew I wanted to train a little faster to ensure I could do it.



I found the plan that I knew would push me. It would force me to do more paced workouts, run on tired legs and really make me work for it. I am on track for January to be my highest mileage month EVER, and I feel amazing. 

Everything should be great. I should be so confident in these final weeks of training. Too bad I'm not. There is one singular reason for this, HMP workouts.

HMP stands for half marathon pace. This is the pace I want to average for my race. I am completely realistic that I will not run a straight pace for 13.1 miles. I do not have that kind of focus, but I can average it, I think. I have been training at an 8:00/mile pace which is a 1:45 half marathon. This is three minutes slower than my current PR, but again, I have never trained for this to be my race pace. When I set my PR I was training at an 8:15/mile pace. Perfect weather and a great course were two major factors. You can check out my PR half recap here.



I have been training for this race for eight weeks. Eight weeks. I have been able to nail paced workouts from 5k, 10k, even marathon paces with ease. I know what they feel like. I know what the leg turnover should feel like, but there is something about this 8:00 pace that I cannot get a feel for. I have been trying to do some paced miles on the treadmill to feel it out, but it hasn't helped. I'm either too fast or too slow. I can ease in to a 7:40 or 8:10 with no problems. What is so hard about 8:00?!

I only have three more HMP workouts left. I'm scared. I desperately want to know what this pace feels like. I know I am getting there, but I am running out of time. I am hoping a week away from goal paced miles will help ease my mind. It has to, there is no other option.

I'm linking up with Annmarie, Nicole, Michelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday

How do you ease in to goal pace? Any mental tricks you can share?

20 comments:

  1. Don't put too much pressure on yourself - you are totally rocking this training cycle!

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    1. Thanks Kim. I'm just getting frustrated putting in all this hard work.

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  2. That's how marathon pace is for me. I can easily slip into 5k or HM pace in workouts but I struggle with my marathon pace.

    And holy crap I didn't know your PR was 1:42!!

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    1. Haha yep. Total shocked for sure. I had PRed three races in four weeks (HM twice and 6.6k).

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  3. Congrats on a great training cycle! No matter what happens, remember it's also about the journey you took to get there! I imagine that since you worked harder for this race than the other PR that this one would mean more!

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    1. Exactly! Sometimes it's just hard to see.

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  4. I does sound like you are working really hard and putting all you have into this. As hard as it might be, I would say to try to relax a little bit and stop getting in your head so much. Easier said than done I know

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    1. Thanks Deborah. I need to remember to breathe.

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  5. It sounds like you're in your head way too much about this. You're killing your workouts, you're putting in the mileage. You got this! Have confidence in your training and your ability. Self doubts and negativity will hold you back.

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  6. You're doing great! Don't sweat it! When you get out there on race day, you'll fall into a grove and nail it!

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  7. I am currently training for a sub 1:45 half (my PR is 1:45:26) and I am feeling nervous as well. I have no problem hitting my RP mid run but I don't know if I can maintain it for 13 miles.

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    1. It's so scary! I can hit the pace for random miles but I'm not sure I can maintain.

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  8. This is almost throwing me into a panic attack LOL I'm not a coach (in any sense of the word), but I'd caution you to be cautious with the treadmill. The pace you run on the 'mill is not usually reflective of what it would feel like on a race course, mainly due to the terrain, but also in terms of the crowd and race day weather conditions. It sounds like you're in the ballpark with your pace, though, so relax a little ;-) I bet you're gonna nail your "average" pace easier than you're anticipating. Best wishes!!

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  9. Sounds like you have got the training in the bag, the workouts are going well and you are right on that pace (even if a bit above or below) - you got this.

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  10. I wish I had some tips for this. I feel like this is my biggest struggle - especially since during the winter I do a lot of my runs on the treadmill, I'm trying to get away from that for my HMP run days, but still formulating a plan to make that happen.

    I didn't train for my PR either, well, I did, but I had a crazy training cycle where I just did what I could when I could, did my long runs much slower than usual, the whole deal - it was also at Buffalo Creek & everything just came together for the perfect day. It kind of freaks me out to run a HM FASTER than that one.

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    1. Buffalo Creek is magical! I can't believe I ever ran a 1:42 and that I could even think of breaking in blows my mind!

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