This year I signed up for my 4th half marathon.
There was a time when I never would have believed that. I distinctly remember finding a book on running form at a friend’s house and thinking anyone who ran as a sport or hobby was extremely boring and insane. Yeah, that was probably a little harsh. Someone should have told me never to say never.
The past few years I’ve really floundered. My first race I pretty much ran solely on determination, and although the time was not impressive, I know I could not do that again if I tried (ahhh, youth).
2013 Pittsburgh Half Marathon – 2:21:44
The second year that I ran the half marathon was my best. I trained, I felt good, and I improved…but I still didn’t meet my goal.
The third year that I ran was filled with moving, starting a new job, and mass confusion. I actually debated skipping.
2015 Pittsburgh Half Marathon – 2:22:19
So that brings us to 2016. I knew I needed to be committed to a training program, but I also needed a plan that would help me with my speed. So I launched a search… And it was surprisingly successful.
That’s when I found RUNfit365 and was able to download their 16 Week Intermediate Half-Marathon Training Plan for free.
The plan breaks down different training techniques, explains all of the terminology, and allows you to base your training off of a goal pace. The other thing I really like about it is that it doesn’t require logging crazy miles so it’s completely attainable.
I am on week 4, and so far I have missed the weekend runs (major fail) and replaced one easy run with a hot yoga class each week.
So to stay on track I’m going to check in on F&F each week to report my progress, and I’m also going to have a mantra.
I’ve heard that having a running mantra can do wonders for your race game. Which I actually believe to be true because I definitely had one for my second half marathon. (Something along the lines of ‘Hell hath no fury like that of a scorned woman’… You get the picture.)
As cheesy as it sounds I’m going to make my mantra to appreciate that I have the time and the ability to train this year. (Having a wedding on the horizon doesn’t hurt either).
Do you have a running mantra?
Have you ever crushed your goal time?