Since I'll be running in the Houston marathon in January, I'm looking for a training plan. I came across two marathon training plans and some training tips, too, at the Boston Marathon website. Right now, I'm mostly building up my mileage with a little speedwork, too, so that when my plan says, "Run a zillion miles at goal pace," I'll be half ready.
Today after an abs workout, I went for a run. First, I ran a two mile warm-up with six short strides towards the end. Wake up, Legs!
Then I found some fast songs on my MP3 player and sped down the street, hoping to keep the speed up for two miles. In the first mile, I had lots of energy. I was hopeful. I was running an 8:12 mile.
In the second mile, I was getting tired, but happy to be speeding down the road - more fun than an easy run. Pace for this mile: 8:02/mile.
I finished with a couple of easy miles, stopping a couple of times to chat with walkers. The next time I'm asked how long a marathon is, I might just say 26 miles. I mean, do they care about the 0.2? I think not! Most people probably just hear twenty-something and think, that's crazy!
Anyway, if I could run this fast at the half marathon in October, that would give me a finishing time around 1:45. (8:09/mi. = 1:46:41 finish) Keeping that pace for 13.1 miles, though, does sounds pretty crazy!
About the photo: That's a heron which was in my front yard yesterday (with my neighbor's horses behind it). Our house backs up to a lake so we get to see lots of water birds... and alligators sometimes, too!