Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Whoa! We're Halfway There!!

If you have ever ran a long distance race with me, you have experienced it.


That's right friends, I am halfway through training for the Princess Half Marathon!! It's so crazy to me that I am a little over six weeks done with this training! It has been a crazy adventure and truly a humbling experience.



I jumped head first in to this training. I took about two weeks off after my last half in 2016 and started training on super fresh legs. I had a goal, the goal is to be sub-1:50 again. This is something I have only done once in 20 half marathons (I have two 1:51 and 1:53 races). This is something scary!

I usually jump around distances with races I focus on. Sometimes it's two half marathons and then a marathon, but in 2016 I ran a marathon in January and then only half marathons after that. If I was going to give this a real shot, I would need to race Princess and not wait. Especially with training for the Pittsburgh Marathon starting two weeks after.

So, I made the goal. I have followed the plan for the most part. Sometimes I had to adjust due to sick and weather. I am learning so much about myself in the process.

When I started this plan I talked to a friend about long run paces and got a rude awakening. Other people might believe in my abilities more than I do. That can't happen. I needed to make this a priority during this training cycle. Well, I have. I have done long runs at a faster pace that didn't feel tough, hit splits on some crazy workouts, and have still had time to focus on recovery and strengthening.

The real thing I think that has helped me this training cycle is running four days a week. My body is responding really well to four days a week and I'm thrilled. I don't feel run down or constantly achy, even though I am throwing up mileage I haven't seen in almost two years.

I have discovered I really dislike mile repeats but have no problem with shorter distance repeats. For example, doing 2 x 3 miles is worst than 14 x 400 meters to me. I don't know why, but it is. I've always liked shorter speed workouts.

Mindset so far is fairly confident. I have really good workouts, then not so good. I believe we need to get knocked down every so often to build back up. No matter what happens in the next few weeks, I need to stay focused on the goal. I want that sub-1:50 so bad. I need it. I want to try a sub-4 marathon in Disney in 2018, but I need to prove to myself that I can achieve these goals again.

I am linking up with Annmarie, Nicole, Michelle and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday.

What are your favorite kind of workouts? Shorter distances or longer?

19 comments:

  1. Wooo wooo! I can't wait for you to reach your goals, girl!

    I definitely love working up with tempo runs. Once they're on the longer side of training (50-60 minutes or so, depending on the distance race you're training for), I feel SO STRONG and more confident!:)

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    1. Oh for sure. I'm getting to those workouts and they are intimidating!

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  2. Go girl! You've got this. Honestly, I enjoy 3-4 mile runs. I like speed workouts too, but I don't do them on my own, therefore I don't really do too much of them. I absolutely despise long runs. Anything over 6-7 miles just sucks to me haha.

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  3. I can feel the excitement you have and it seems like you are crushing your training plan. The princess race is on my list for one day!

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    1. I'm so excited! It's been so long since I raced!

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  4. It's been fun following your journey this training cycle. I have no doubt that you are going to crush your goals!

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  5. I'm with you, I like short speed workouts too :)

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    1. It's easier to focus on shorter intervals for sure.

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  6. How exciting to have a sub-1:50 goal, you're definitely putting in the work to get there! I am hoping to break 2:15 since I've only been able to that once, at my first have marathon almost 6 years ago! I definitely prefer shorter distance workouts but look forward to really doing anything that will help me with speed this year!

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  7. Oh the marathon will be so awesome, def stay focused on that goal! I am more of a short distance runner, but am running a 10 mile race in April I will need to train a bit for.

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  8. I'm with you on short speed work. I love it! I'm using Disney Princess as a fun run, but I hope to train for a faster race at Dallas RNR in March. I hope we can meet up at Princess!

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  9. How exciting you are running Princess! I just signed up for Wine & Dine yesterday -- my first Run Disney! Good luck with the rest of your training!

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  10. I had a similar thought about repeats this week Steff! While I was doing my 800's I was thinking I could do this all day. Then I saw next week's workout and it's mile repeats. The worst!!!!! Congrats on a great first half to your training cycle!

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  11. What a great goal...trust your training and best of luck!

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