Can’t believe I actually wrote that title and putting this out there publicly. I am so proud of my husband for achieving one of his fitness goals (more on that later this week) this year that it’s motivated me to aim for a big stretch goal. Over the years I have ran a number of half marathons. Truthfully, I haven’t really put the effort in for training. I’ve come close with a 2:14.
This is the time I need to focus on my training and reach this goal. I have used the above quote many times during trainings for races. However, I did sacrifice and not give my best. Slept in on Saturday mornings, half asses a speed workout, skipped a mid week run, and generally didn’t prepare myself. Sure I can run a half this weekend if I wanted to, but it would be an ugly performance. Why not set myself up for success and reach my goal.
I want to be at or below the two hour mark. Aiming for this goal will force me into more speed work, yoga, and long runs. Hubby and I have worked out a plan to help make this happen. We discussed the pros and cons of moving my runs to the early morning to avoid Indiana heat. We decided that isn’t a realistic step for a couple of reasons. First, I would have to go to bed basically after P in order to make a 5:30 am run part of my morning. Second, I decided I enjoy the down time in the evening with hubby and I don’t want to give that up. Third, well it’s easy to oversleep and just say I will do it later!
In an effort to plan to get myself into the mindset of running a sub 2 half I put a couple of things in motion this week:
- Downloaded a training plan designed to help achieve the goal.
- Scheduling in yoga on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to help with core strength and stretching.
- Researching new shoes. My current shoes won’t last into the training.
I start today and plan to run the Monumental Half Marathon on November 4th. Not sure how this will impact my sewing time at this point. However, many of my ideas come while running. Maybe I will create an amazing idea while I run. It is my other form of stress/life management.
Any tips or support is greatly appreciated.