I'll be running half marathon #8 this weekend, the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. I think this will make the 5th time I've run this race? 3rd time I've run this specific distance. The other 2 times I ran the full.
I thought today would be a good time to talk a little bit about my goals for the race, what my plan is for afterwards & reflect a bit on my training cycle.
Not my best work. My long runs were good. I got the miles in on the weekends. I don't run more than 3 days a week, and since about March I just haven't been feelin' it. I cut my speed workouts down to about 0 & just replaced them with regular easy runs. I took 2 x 2 weeks off for 2 separate vacations, and spent the last 2.5 weeks not running at all. Clearly I'm taking the taper pretty seriously. So, I'm not expecting a great finish time. I'm going to set goals in line with my training so as not to set myself up for disappointment. I didn't put in the work, so a PR is unrealistic. Not to mention this is a tough course. A crowded course. And features a long, slow hill, set to kill everyone around mile 11.
Have I convinced you to come to Pittsburgh & run with me yet?
I plan for 2 more runs this week, probably each 2-3 miles in length at an easy, whatever strikes my fancy pace. I'll get some decent walking in Saturday at the expo & use that in lieu of a shakeout run.
I'm going to shoot for sub 9:30 pace. I've run all my long runs at 9:30/mile pace, including 2 x 13 mile long runs, so this is attainable. Faster than this? I'll take what I can get. 9:20 is probably attainable, 9:10/mile may be a stretch, but depends on weather. Last year, for my marathoning pleasure, race day was 70+ & 100% sunny after having been in the 30's & 40's just the weekend prior. So, 9:30/mile is my A goal, anything faster than that is a bonus.
My secondary race goal is to work on pacing. I'll start out with the 2:05 pacer, as I have a tendency to start out WAAAAYYYY too fast in races. My goal will be to slowly break away, with a big push around mile 10.5 just before I hit the Birmingham Bridge. Some negative splits for miles 7-13.1, or splits consistent with my first 6 miles would make me one happy camper.
6+ weddings this summer // fall means lots of weekends that I won't be able to race. I already know the triathlon I had my eye on is out, unless something changes. I'll be looking to find another, something small-ish & local-ish featuring a Sprint distance (if you know of anything, holla). I want to run 3+ 5Ks over May & June, focusing on gaining some speed & running shorter distances. Still have that elusive 25:00 minute mark to officially break in the 5K. Not sure what comes after that. I have a fall half I would love to race, plus Ragnar DC in September.
I've got 5+ LBs of half marathon training weight to lose, so I plan to incorporate some long weekend bike rides, heart pumping circuit workouts & sprint intervals.
I'm also toying with the idea of getting a new FitBit. Mine bit the dust back in April 2015. I really liked the stats it gave me & it truly encouraged me to move more. My work has a rewards point website where I could get the Charge for free.
Anyone have a FitBit Charge? Do you like it?
Do you set goals for every race you run?
Do you have a favorite race outfit?