So my life has been a bit crazy as of March 1, but somehow I’ve found time to fit in half marathon training. It’s only partially less time-intensive than marathon training (only 2 hours on my long run on Saturday as opposed to, oh, 5 hours…), and even more so now that I’m considerably faster (like, 2-3 minutes per mile faster, faster).
When I was riding my marathon high back in November, I had all these goals for this year! Run a half marathon in March! PR in Brooklyn Half (My PR is 2:27, at Brooklyn Half)! Run my little legs off!
And then, well, Winter happened. In NYC it’s not December that sucks, it’s January and February, and well. They sucked. Hard. And all exercise ceased to exist. And my poor coach kept sending me monthly plans, because I kept telling myself–“tomorrow”–and then, in addition to that, I was on this crusade to change my working life by either getting a promotion where I am currently, or find a new place of employ all together.
March came and I was still hammering out the details of my promotion here (I’m still hoping this was the right decision), and then it went from 0 to 600MPH reallll fast, and it’s actually in those moments–when my life is moving at the speed of light, that having something like an exercise plan actually keeps me grounded. I hope it stays that way, because my life will be full steam ahead until about July 1.
Brooklyn Half Training
In the meantime, I adjusted my 2015 goal for this half marathon is to not PR (that would mean a 2-3 minute per mile drop in my current pace), but to reach 2:45-2:38 (my friend Toni gave me that goal. That’s about a 12:30 mile). I think it’s doable, certainly. I know the route, I know that I need to get some hill work in (though really only in the first 4 miles, then it’s literally downhill and straight from there. But that straight stretch also takes a different type of training & gumption), and basically right now, I know I can run 13 miles (I ran double that amount in November! :) I rant that amount + like every weekend from August until November), I just need to run 13 miles faster than I have in the last year and a half.
So I say that my Brooklyn Half Goal is a 2014-2015 goal. In order to keep moving forward, I have to think of 2014 as my reset. If I keep thinking to myself, “I ran 10:22 in 2012″, then I’ll just keep getting frustrated. I think part of my year of wonder right now is just that, I keep getting faster and stronger, and maybe….my wonder-filled moment will be a PR in May. Or DEFINITELY a PR in November.
At any rate. Here’s my stats from last week. I’ll try and remember doing this going forward:
- 18 Miles
- Longest run: 7
- Fastest pace: 12:31
The runs are scrunched up near the end of the week because I had to travel Tuesday-Thursday and my coach shifted the schedule, instead of me trying to figure out how on earth I’m going to get my miles in on the road with 15 High School Juniors.
Saturday’s run was the first time that I ran outside in the last three weeks, and I felt good, but I also felt it. Whew! Up until then, I was having some pretty good streaks of running without stopping/walking, and well, that wasn’t my reality on Saturday, but I did have a good pace. Long run pace of 13:21, which is, literally 2-3 minutes faster than my first 7 mile run for NYC Marathon training, so already you can imagine I’m feeling better about things.
Here’s a picture of my long-run route:
After the run, C and I went to Brooklyn Museum to check out Kehinde Wiley’s exhibit, and also ate at Kimchi Grill–both great experiences, and wonderful combo! We were both knocked out like a lamp early–raging Saturday night, I tell you, and up pretty early on Sunday. C had a run with Black Men Run in Central Park, and I was inspired to take on my optional 3 mile run, and go grocery shopping. So I did. And then came home and cooked up #allthechicken and baked sweet potatoes and steamed string beans and washed my hair–it was a good, solid weekend.
Week 4, I’m coming for ya! This week features a short work week (WOOT!) and a 10k race on Saturday. I do love a 10k.