Checking in for a halfway point of training for my upcoming spring half marathon — the Novi Half Marathon! See how I have been doing with training during this cycle.
I have reached the halfway point of training for my spring half marathon! Whoop whoop! I thought I would fill you all in on how it has been going, since I have not been sharing weekly updates like I have previously.
In short, training has been good. I still have not quite figured out my goal for the race. Do I want to push myself and try to PR? Do I just want to focus on proper pacing? Do I want try to negative split? I don’t even know. I am starting to get to the point in training where I really want to narrow in on what I want this race to look like for me. To be completely real, I signed up for this half marathon as a way to get back into racing shape and to prepare my body for marathon training that will start in June. I did not sign up for this race as a PR race or anything like that. But, there is a part of me that wants to chase after a PR because the course seems perfect for it. I have set my last two PRs on a tough course, so I am thinking I may be able to pull of a PR. I just don’t know what to do yet!
Training wise, I have been following Kara Goucher’s Half Marathon Training Plan. I used this plan for my last half marathon and absolutely loved it. I love the workouts (well… love/hate them), the weekly mileage is higher than I am used to, but doable, and overall I just love how the plan is set up. I also PRed on this plan last training cycle so I am definitely a fan 😉
So far I have only missed one training run. I am pretty good about getting in my training whenever I can, even if that means the treadmill at 8pm. Last week I had parent-teacher conferences and even though the past three times I have had them, I have gotten in treadmill runs after, I decided this time to just skip the run. It always leaves me so exhausted when I get a run in later in the evening and have to wake up the next morning ready to teach and get in a run later on in the day again. I decided to give my body an extra day of rest, and the rest of my runs that week felt fantastic. If I would have forced myself to get that run in after a long day, I would have set myself up for exhaustion for the rest of the week. No thanks.
Many of the speed workouts on the plan call for having a goal race pace. Like I did last cycle, I have been training at an 8:30 pace. It is feeling good and I am feeling more confident that I will be able to consistently run at an 8:30 pace with this race. I did really good with it at the start of last fall’s race, but the end of the course is tough so I slowed down a bit. Hoping that does not happen this time around!
So my initial thought with training for an April half was that I would have to get through some snowy and cold weeks and that would give into warm and sunny weeks leading up to the race. I guess I should not be surprised given that I live in Michigan, but I started training wearing shorts and tanks on the run and just this past weekend was bundled up in leggings and long sleeves tops and gloves.
Michigan, you fooled me!
I loved the days I got to run outside in a tank and shorts and know that more of them are on their way. Until then, I am just chugging along in the cooler weather. I had a couple of cold and icy days that kept me inside on the treadmill (thank goodness for having a treadmill in my basement!!), but other than that I have been mostly outside.
How could I talk about training for a race and barely mention the race?! Well, to be honest, I do not know much about it. I signed up for it primarily because the date worked out really good with everything else I have going on in April and May and it looked like a well organized race. Novi is about 40 minutes from where I live, so it will not be too bad race morning. I am just hoping for good weather, a beautiful course, and a fun time! I am pumped to be getting back into racing for 2017 and get back into the racing atmosphere.
Goals for the remainder of the training cycle
As I am halfway through training right now, I am coming in quickly on race day. I have lots going on with family and my internship leading up to the end of April, so I know that time is going to start flying by and race day will be here before I know it. From now until race day I have a few goals to get me to the start line:
- Join a group run
I told myself I was going to do this at the beginning of 2017 and never did it. Whoops! I really want to get more involved with the running community in my area so I hope to hit up some group runs that I know of. I ran about once a week with the cross country team at the high school I am interning at and really loved being able to chat while logging miles. I hope to start joining group runs and get to know more runners near me. I know that once I start training for my fall marathon, I am definitely going to want more company as I log more miles every week!
- Hit goal paces, and adjust if necessary
Right now I am doing good hitting my goal paces during my speed workouts, but I want to remember that I can always adjust them if necessary. On the training plan, Kara often puts reminders to check in with the goal pace and adjust if you are not hitting the pace during workouts.
- Go with the flow
My schedule can be a bit unpredictable from now until race day, so I really just want to trust in the training I can get done and not stress if I miss a workout or a run. It really is not the end of the world and I already have a good base I am building off of.
So that is my update on training halfway through this cycle! I am excited to be getting speed back and just running more miles every week. Sometimes the runs are needed more emotionally than they are physically and I am so happy to have running to help me in other areas of my life. <3
- Are you training for any upcoming races? Which ones?
- Do you run more solo or with others?
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