Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Princess Half Marathon Training Recap and Goals

Today is the day!! We are leaving for Disney today and I have so many emotions. I'm so excited for the trip and what we have planned, and I am so ready to show what I have worked for hard for. The best way to see how you have gotten somewhere is to look back at the work you have done. So, here is my training recap from the last 12 weeks.

Total miles: 316.7 miles.
Average miles per week: 27 miles.
Longest run: 15 miles.
Pairs of shoes: Four - retired a pair of Hoka One One Clifton 2 and Saucony Ride 9.
Road blocks: Stomach bug around Christmas and sinus issues a couple weeks ago.
New cross training: Strength training 2-3 times a week from Runners Connect.
Hardest workout: 2 x 3 mile repeats.
Most enjoyable workout: 14 x 400s.
Injuries: NONE!

I think the one thing I will truly take away from this training is the confidence I have built. I have said this so many times, but I didn't think I would be able to get back to this point. Two injuries in two years makes you reevaluate your journey. The greatest thing I ever did for my running was take a break from racing in 2016.

When I had decided on a training plan, I knew it would push me. Guess what, I needed it. I have never done a serious training only running four days a week. This training pushed me to paces I never thought I would train at. Quickly, I started noticing a difference.

I'm not going to say everything was easy, because it wasn't. It was hard a lot of the time, but incredibly enjoyable. Once I really started noticing my stamina coming back and paces pick up I felt like myself again. I felt like someone I haven't known in quite some time.

I made myself a few promises. The biggest being I would run outside in the cold as long as the sun was out. I stuck to this! Did it suck? Yep, sure did, but I grew from it. I know I can run 12 miles on a treadmill, but running 12 miles in under 20 degree weather makes the fight that much stronger.

As the race is getting closer, and my rambling continues, I just can't believe how far I have come. I ran more miles in three separate weeks than I did in the entire month of February 2016. My average long run pace is about 8:45 which is faster than I ever averaged long runs. The best thing about all of this, I found the passion again. The passion for racing and getting better, not just running all the races.

So, let's talk about goals.

I have three goals for this race. They are very straight forward.

1. Sub 1:50
2. Finish with a smile on my face.
3. 1:45 - the pace I have been training at.

I know, these are in some sort of crazy order. This is the order of importance to me.

I want that sub 1:50 so bad. I need a better time to submit for the Disney Marathon. Point blank. I have been training for a 1:45 (8:00/pace) but that is a far reached goal. If I hit it, great! If not, I won't be heart broken. No matter what I need to remember where I started from and how wonderful this journey has been. That's why I will finish with a smile on my face.

From my PR race in October 2015.

My friend Nathan said to me once, "The race is your victory lap" and I never forgot that, It is to show off the amazing work that has been put in. I plan on rocking that victory lap and moving forward in my journey!

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


  1. I'm so excited to hear how your race goes! You have been working so hard and I'm sure you learned so much along the way. I'll be thinking of you during the half! I'll be at the 5K spectating and running the 10K with my sister, hope to see you there!

    1. I hope to see you at the 10k! I'm "running" it with a bunch of friends!

  2. Yay Steff!! I can't wait to see how you do. You can do it!

  3. Good luck this weekend. I think you're going to rock it.
    Why do you need a faster time for the Disney marathon? Just to move up in corals?

    1. Thanks! Yeah, I've had a time close to this for the marathon and it's a cluster. I would rather be up a little bit more and save the hassle.

  4. Good luck, I know you can do it lady!!

  5. Enjoy your victory lap, Steffany! Great job on your training. How did you like your training program? I need some help to include strength and cross training workouts... I'm struggling to get them in mainly because I don't really know what I'm doing. Great post!

    1. I love it! It's nothing crazy, but even a little bit helps. I'm so happy I have it.

  6. I'm so excited for you and I know that you are going to kill it! I hope that you are able to meet up with Janelle this weekend. If so, send me a photo!

  7. You got this girl! Can't wait to hear all about it <3

  8. Cheering for you and your goals! I know you'll smash it!!
    I also backed off from running in 2016 and am just starting to get the yearning again. Very inspiring to read this blog today! :-)

  9. I've also set some running goals for this year. Added some marathons to my list. I'm training with SportMe running app, which calculates distance, pace, time and calories and adjusts running plans to my progress.