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.
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.