Today I ran my first race of 2012 and my last as a 30-something runner. I will be turning 40 three days before my next race. Eek! That is so hard to think about, but seeing as I cannot stop time I need to just embrace it.
I was excited to run this race again because last year it snowed and I was unable to experience the course to its fullest. Today the sun was shining, however there was a few gusty wind areas especially near the beaches. This course does tend to meander around and there are a lot of turns so it really does not lend itself to a fast course. I would consider this a flat course with a few areas of gorgeous scenery but mainly quiet residential streets.
Around mile 7 a huge hawk flew directly over head crossing the street in front of me. I’ve never seen one so close. What a beautiful all though startling sight!!
I knew going into today’s race that I would run it faster than if I was out a normal training run and noticed as I hit mile 10 my legs were feeling the effects. I decided to slow it down as I was not out for a half marathon PR today. This was after all a training run for Boston. I should have been more conscious of controlling my pace as if it were in fact a full marathon. It should have been a learning tool, but it is so hard not to get caught up in the race! I know you know what I am talking about runners.
For a brief moment my negative doubting thoughts rose to the surface. I kept thinking that I should have been able to hold that 8:20’s pace for the entire 13 miles and because I didn’t my mind went directly to, “I am not ready for Boston”. Of course I still have 8 more weeks of training. Relax girl! Deep breath. Yes, maybe I was a bit panicked, but I am also very aware of my goal. That is a good thing, I think.
I crossed the finish line in 1:53:32 at 8:34 pace. I beat last year’s time by 2 minutes.
Keeping Pace: Boston Training
I am following the Hanson’s Less Is More Plan where speed, strength and tempo sessions combined with shorter long runs will help marathoners of all abilities run a better race. The ( )shows what is on schedule for the day, however I am not out to run 6 days a week so I am a bit more flexible. My goal is to increase to 5 days per week half way through the schedule.
Monday: (5-8 miles) 10 miles to make up missing last Friday due to illness. Comfortable pace just out getting my mileage.
Tuesday: (Strength) After running 3 days straight I choose to rest and pushed the new Strength workout to Wednesday.
Wednesday: (Off) This workout ended speed but morphed into strength. Strength is a total of 6 miles of intervals at 10 seconds per mile faster than marathon goal pace. Intervals should be 1600 meters or longer. I choose 3x2mile with a short recovery in between. I really enjoyed this workout!
Thursday: (MP 8) Listened to what my body was saying and decided to forgo a cross train strength training workout this week.
Friday: (6-7) Because I was running the Hyannis Half Marathon on Sunday, the schedule actually eliminated the MP run this week. I decided to run 6 today due to a freak snow storm that started about mile 3. It started out as a freezing rain and quickly turned into the biggest snowflakes that I could not keep out of my eyes. Beautiful to see, but not fun to run in.
Saturday: (16 at 45-60 seconds slower than MP) Yes, this was a tough one to miss. My first 16 miler fell on a half marathon weekend. I knew that my effort on Sunday would be more intense than if I was just logging 16 training miles, so I was ok with doing the 8 miles from Sunday’s schedule here, except I misread my Garmin and ran 9 miles by mistake. Ended up with a weird muscle pain in my lower right shin that appeared 7 miles in and was very painful after the run. I got a bit nervous with the race looming the next day, but I iced it, stretched it and massaged it back to health. I will touch base with my PT on Monday but hopefully, it was just a fluke and will not bother me again.
Sunday: (8) Hyannis Half Marathon!!!! See recap above.
Total mileage: 44
Maybe the big jump of mileage this week was on the crazy side, but I do have to live on the edge a little before I move onto the next age division of life, right?running by faith, Bekah