Tuesday, March 15, 2016

This is What's Next

November. That's right, November. NOVEMBER. 

It looks like that's when I'll be running my marathon. November. That means I have to train all over again. That means I have to start training (again!) in July. July. July in Florida. It will be in the 90s. Not the decade (though that happens too), the temperature. Ugh.

The temperature is why I don't do one in April, that and the one I mentioned (Destin) is a double out and back. There is one not far from home in October but October is still pretty hot and it's mostly on bridges. The one I'm currently planning on is actually one we'll travel for, it's the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon, which is in northern Georgia. There should be pretty mild weather there that time of year. Why that one? Eh, maybe I'll talk about that later. For now, it just fits the best and it's been selected for top marathon lists several times, while still being a smaller race.

So for now I'm going to be working on speed. I've never really been a fast runner, even though I was one the track team in high school, I was probably the slowest on the team. Why am I even saying probably, of all the runners on the team (it wasn't a big team), I was the slowest. I guess I never really tried to improve my speed though. I didn't know how. So while I have done some speed work since then, this will be my first time following a whole plan with the intention of improving my pace.

My goal with this is to improve my 5k and 10k times. I'm really focusing on getting a new 5k PR and a 10k PR is sure to come along with that, right? My current PR is 28:52 and my ultimate goal is to break 25 minutes, I'm sure I'm a ways from that though. My 10k PR will be easier to break, I haven't done many 10ks and I'm not even sure of my PR, I think it's 1:06:50. Okay, I looked it up, it's 1:05:27, the other time was another year doing the same race. I just want to get under an hour for a 10k and I know I can do that, especially if I do a faster course than Springtime Tallahassee, which is currently the only 10k I've ever ran. Florida isn't all flat people, just come to Tallahassee and you'll see.

Why is time going so slowly this morning? Ugh.

Anyway, I'm not definite on a training plan or a goal 5k yet, but right now I'm looking at a Hal Higdon plan again. It's an intermediate plan, which I feel pretty comfortable with seeing as I have ran more than a handful of 5ks and I just trained for a marathon. I'd like to do some hill workouts too though, so I might just modify the plan for myself. My main issue with speed work is I hate going to the high school track to do it, there's not always a group I know going and I'm uncomfortable going there in the dark by myself. With speed work I've done in the past, I just end up doing it on the road, I don't know how different that may be in effectiveness. I know the road is harder since it isn't flat, the track would let me go faster, which is what I need I guess. Maybe after school lets out for the summer I can do track workouts in the evenings without worrying about a school event going on, but then again, it will be hotter in the evenings. Who am I kidding, I'll probably end up doing most of it on the road.

I'm also doing PiYo again, this time PiYo Strength, and I've been eating better for the past week. My bike is finally ready to roll again, so that will be my cross training and maybe I'll even do a metric century this summer. (You thought I was going to say triathlon. I always think I'm going to say triathlon too. One day I will). I'm not really concerned about weight (though that is a factor in pace), but I want to be leaner and have better core and leg strength to support my running. Oh and to be ripped like Ripa of course.

What does your Spring/Summer training look like? What are your goals?

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