One month from today—to the DATE—is the Buffalo Creek Half Marathon, aka my 15th Half Marathon and hopefully a PR. It’s been two years since I PR’d (at this same race) and while I’m frustrated with my lack of progress, I also realize that oh hey…maybe it’s because in my ten years of running I have never once done any speed work. To be honest, I’ve never even done any actual training. I just get out there and run and hope for the best. Obviously I should be running a coach.
I’d really like to PR this time though. Really really. And my secret dream of all dreams? To sub 1:30. I’m CLOSE. 1:30:58 was my best time so all I have to do is shave off one measly minute.
Unfortunately that has not proven easy for me and I think part of the reason I was so fast that year was because I was coming off a break up with my serious bf of two years which led to a driving frustration (do not doubt its power) and stress weight-loss. I didn’t drop 50 pounds or anything but enough that I think it made a difference.
So this time around…I’d like to not break up with my bf for that extra push ;) though dropping a few pounds would be fine by me. I know this will mean doing the unthinkable though: CUTTING SUGAR. Oh, dare to dream.
BUT I do want to give this an actual try. I have been trying to be a bit more mindful with my workouts lately, to push myself when I feel like quitting and doing some speedier moments in my long runs. I think I’m going to get crazy and do some ReAL speedwork (if I can figure out what fartleks and tempo runs are) and adjust the diet some. Maybe even take a rest day or two since I hear it is good to let your body recover.
These are probably too many changes to make in one swoop but how will I know if I don’t actually try?
Now my goals are out there. time to do this thing.