Monday, January 13, 2014

Half Marathon in 7 Weeks!


I registered for The Woodlands Half Marathon (Texas), which takes place on March 1. It will be my 7th half marathon and the second time I've run the Woodlands Half. The race is only about 15 minutes away from my house, which is not as exciting as an out of town race, but is nice in it's own way. I'm all for all of the comforts of home!

My goal is to get a PR - to beat 1:50:57. Sounds impossible given the pace I've been running lately, though!

Starting this week, I'm using a half marathon plan from Run Faster from the 5K to the Marathon: How to Be Your Own Best Coach by Hudson and Fitzgerald to prepare. Since this is a step-back week for me, I won't be doing all of the workouts, though. I hope to run some goal paced miles, an easy-paced 14 mile run (with apricots to keep me going!) and some easy runs. Plus, I'd like to bike and to do some strength training.

I like to have a step-back week with fewer miles after three build-up weeks. It's a physical and mental break that I hope will keep me uninjured and wanting to get back out there on the days when I am scheduled for a run.

I'm glad to have a race to look forward to!

40 comments:

  1. Good luck to you! That book looks like something I should be reading!

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    1. It's a good one! I like to use the training plans for workout ideas.

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  2. I love local races the best! Good luck with your training

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    1. It's nice to sleep on your own pillow and to have all of your usual food in the kitchen!

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  3. Good luck with your training in pursuit of a PR!

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  4. Fun! March is a good time to run in Houston. Sounds like a good goal race!

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    1. Yes, a great time for a Houston race. Not too cold, not too hot, but just right weather is what I'm expecting!

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  5. I have that book - excellent! I've just finished reading Elite Minds by Dr. Stan Beecham. Another good book.
    Good luck with the half training. Set your mind to it - you'll get that PR.

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    1. I'll have to look for more info on that book. Thanks for mentioning it!

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  6. All the best with your training! There is SO much to be said for a race that is really close by. Wish there were more! I do the same cutback thing and I think our half PRs are identical. Ha!

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    1. Funny about our identical half PR's! After I posted and during today's run, I started wondering just how long ago it was that I ran my PR race. Haven't looked it up yet. I'm afraid to see how long ago it was!

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  7. I like a local race because you can sleep in your own bed and eat whatever you'd like at home the night before. Good luck with your training!

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    1. Exactly! No crowded restaurants and hoping I can find the right foods to eat this time!

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  8. You can do it! You are consistent with sub four marathons so I know you have it in you! Local races are the best too!

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    1. I'll give it a shot. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  9. Best wishes to you! Winter is always a tough time to PR, but you can do it!

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    1. Actually, training right now is so much better than summer training in Texas. I'm loving it. Thanks for the good wishes!

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  10. I love local half marathons, easier to get to and no travel drama.

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    1. Since it's the second time I'm running the race, it'll be even less stressful to get to the race start than last year. I'm looking forward to it!

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  11. Good luck! Somehow, one time I ran a 1:49 half and I have NO IDEA how I did it. I wasn't really aiming for it, so maybe your body will surprise yourself and you will rock it! Just make sure to take a lot of easy runs in addition to your speedwork, too, obviously :) You can do it!

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    1. Thanks! Lately, I've been enjoying the easy runs - maybe too much!

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  12. Good luck with your PR goal. I improved my time in every half ... until I ran one with my husband, and he totally slowed me down. I was SO mad :)

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    1. LOL! You just need to get back out there and run another one - alone!

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  13. Best of luck with your training, and for a PR!
    And enjoy those cut-back weeks - I definitely appreciated them in my HM training, they gave my body time to catch up!

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    1. Thanks! Having a race to look forward to again makes it more fun to train. I like planning out workouts that focus on an upcoming race.

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  14. I wish there were more races locally or me to run. Not that I mind traveling, but a few races at home would be nice! Good luck with your training. Can't wait to hear how the race goes!

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    1. Yeah, it would be fun if there were plenty of races in different distances to choose from all year long. Thanks!

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  15. I just registered for that half yesterday. I am hoping for a big PR too. Good luck with your training!!!!

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    1. That's great! I hope we run into each other!

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  16. Sometimes it's really nice to do a close by race! I like waking up in my own bed and not having to deal with traveling :) Doing a race that you have run in the past is also fun, in my opinion. I feel like I notice new things about the course each time!

    Having a race on the calendar is a great way to drive your training and boost your motivation! Go get that PR :)

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    1. They've changed the course from last year so it'll make it interesting to look for how it's changed. That will give me something else to think about other than how tired I am when I'm racing!

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  17. The Woodlands this time of year would be a great place for a run. Have fun and good luck earning that PR!

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    1. Thanks! Races are always so much fun - the training, looking forward to the race and race day, too!

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  18. Racing near by is pretty much the only kind of racing for me these days! If it's more than an hour away, there is something to be said for spending the night :)
    Looks like you have thought out your training. Pulling for you to PR! Woodlands is supposed to be a good course.

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    1. For me, fairly flat courses like this are great since we really don't have hills around here to train on. I'm looking forward to race day!

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  19. Whoosh Tina you are AMAZING!! My daughter is a Marathon runner also. I can't believe the training and dedication it take to run one!! You ROCK! Blessings to you in your upcoming run!

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    1. Thanks! Better be careful - it can be contagious! But don't worry, they're fun!

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  20. Sounds like a great training plan. I love Higdon's training plans, they work well and I achieved a few PR's.

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  21. Keep up the training and I am sure you will PR in March! I love hometown races because I know the area and I get to sleep in and save some cash :)

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