One of my January goals was to register for my spring half. And I already let it slip that I registered for the Pittsburgh Half on May 7th. But, what I didn't say, is I also went rogue that day and registered for a few other spring races. Let's all take a minute to pay regards to my bank account, registering for three races in a day did my checking account no good.
My true goal race this spring is the Boston Trail Half Marathon. A small rails to trails race located near Pittsburgh. Registration caps at 900 participants, so it's definitely on the small side. But, I'm hoping the weather will still be cool or cold and that I'll be able to pull off a PR.
Two weekends after that will be the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. Just yesterday they released a new course map for 2017 which shows a few less hills. But my overall goal for this race is to just have fun, and not get sunburned a week before my wedding!
Leading up to this I have a few "tune up" races I'll be running. These are a good way to practice fueling and to get a test of my ability to run at my goal pace, and work on even pacing versus my traditional fly and die.
I'll be running the Spring Thaw in February - a race out at nearby North Park. There are 10,15 & 20 miles options, and you're even able to decide day of, or during the race. I plan to do the 10 miler. I haven't decided how I'll run the race yet, but thinking since I'll still be early in my training that I may focus on a faster second half and finishing strong, which has been a struggle of mine in the past.
Next up is a favorite of mine, Just a Short Run, in March, and always just a few days away from my birthday. The race offers 4 distances, 5K, 8.1 miles, 13.1 miles & 30K (18.6 miles). I've run the half and 30K distances before, but registered for the 8.1 mile race this year. It'll be an automatic PR as I've never raced the distance before - and a good opportunity to test out my goal race pace. There is one killer hill at the beginning, but a good gauge of how my training is going nonetheless.
So, how will I be training this spring? I was all busy making my own training plan, when Gretchen posted that she was using Kara Goucher's Half Marathon Training Plan - I hopped over to see what it was about & fell in love. The plan does a lot more speed work at and around race pace versus fast 400's at a pace I'll never run on race day. I immediately trashed my homemade plan, and for the first time in a while plan to use a pre-made one.
I've talked before about how and why I only run 3 days per week. I do plan to stick to that still, because it is what works for me. I will instead substitute extra cross training and weight lifting in place of additional runs. I plan to keep my long run on Saturday since that's what works for me, and gets me out with ProBike+Run. I traditionally have done speed work on Tuesdays - though not for any real reason. I'm toying with the idea of committing to doing speedwork in the evenings. I'm a morning worker-outer, but often struggle with 7AM speed work without the time to fuel and hydrate beforehand.
I'm ready to put in a hard training cycle - bust my ass for 10 weeks - and hopefully earn myself a PR at the end of it all.
What are you training for right now?
What time of day do you workout?
Has anyone used Kara's training plan before?
Linking up with Amanda + Marcia x Patty x Erika for Tuesdays on the Run