Marathon Goals

My goals for the Honolulu Marathon:

Break 4 hours.  That’s it.  That is the ultimate goal.  Looking at pace charts I am very close to being able to achieve this goal.  My second goal will be to break 4:10, because I think that is where the pace charts say I should be at.  My third goal is a PR, which I know I can do.

Breaking 4 hours is the goal – and honestly I will be upset if I don’t.  I know if I commit I can do it, but it is that committing part.  I will need to be consistant. Continue reading

half marathon training coming to an end

It has been way too long since I posted.  I am sorry!

I have been having a real problem with my motivation to run.  However, the more I think about it, I really just have a lack of motivation to get out of bed in the morning.  I am going to try to work on that!

I guess my lack of motivation has also come over onto my blog.  I haven’t been updating with my runs.  Now that my training is coming to an end I have been able to look over my training log and see how well I have done.  And it’s been ok.  Not terrible, but not great.  I have missed one speed workout and one tempo workout.  I really would have liked to have completed the tempo, but my body was tired and I think it was good for me to rest a little. Continue reading

a horrible run and a PR in one race

On Sunday I ran a 10k race.  I’ve never really run one before.  I mean, I’ve run two – both before half marathons, and now that I think of it, a third during the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World, but that’s just it – they were completed nice and easy because I was focused on running longer distances after them.

I decided to try and run my tempo run as a 10k race.  I wanted to keep at an 8:30 pace, and see how I felt.  It was horrible.  I don’t know if I drank too much water, but by mile 5.5 I had to stop.  I managed to finish off the run, and I got a PR, but it was not good, and my paces were horrible.

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You can see where I stopped.  But even going into that my paces slowed drastically.  My excuses: I ran 12 miles two days before.  And that’s about it.  It was just tough, and mentally I wasn’t ready for it.  I still got a PR, but I am not happy with this run.  I really don’t know if I even want to attempt another 10k.  Maybe after a little bit more training.

After this disaster, I had to do my strength workout.  I decided to change my paces, as I have no idea where I got my paces for my half marathon.  I was to run 4 x 1.5 miles at an 8:20pace (Changed from 8:03pace)  I was scared going into it.  I almost didn’t run it, and was going to put it off for the next day.  I also realised that once I added on my warm up and cool down it would equal 10 miles total.  10 MILES!!!!!!!!!  That’s the length of my long runs!  That is crazy!  I thought of just doing half of the workout, or maybe 3 of the repeats.  I decided just to get my shoes on and see how I felt.

What did I realize when I was doing my warm up?  That if I want it I will have to earn it.  I am not going to get faster, or get PR’s, or eventually qualify for Boston if I don’t put in the effort.  That means being uncomfortable.  So I went out there, and I did it.

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My last repeat was the slowest – I have another excuse for that!  The wind was blowing strong the entire way, which helped for the first repeat, and the middle two I managed to do half running into the wind and half running with the wind at my back.  But that final mile was all into the wind with my legs tired.  So, not my fastest, but still ok!  I am happy with this run – my first workout that was into double digits (not including long runs).

I have also realised this is what I need to be prepared for when I start my marathon training.  These types of runs are going to get me where I need want to be.  I want to be faster.  I want to do well in my next marathon.  This is what I will have to do, and consistantly.

In saying all of this my goal for the Honolulu Marathon will be to break 4 hours, which means my runs will be at a slower pace (thank goodness for that!) I could attempt to go a little faster, but for my first serious marathon (as in, not just to finish) I think I will err on the side of caution – breaking 4 hours is still a huge task for me!

And my goals for my next half marathon (11 days away) will be to have fun and embrace the run.  There will be hills, and I have done no hill work, or any running on hills, so I think that will slow me down.  I am contemplating running it ‘naked’ with no GPS. But I really doubt I can do that, I love tracking my runs and analysing my runs, so I may try and place tape over the watch so I don’t look at my pace and run by feel.  Who knows what I will decide.  I’m excited either way – the medal is so pretty!

the last week

I’ve been pretty bad at posting.  I did go to Disneyland for a work conference this week, so that did affect my running and blogging.

Last night I went on a long run. I tried to keep my pace nice and easy, but the wind was at my back making me go a little faster.  Turning around and running into the wind was tough!  I felt good until around mile 6, then was having some stomach issues.  I’ve never really had any on a run before, and it sucked!  Overall, not the best run but still not too bad.  I am just glad I completed it!

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I did a strength run on the treadmill earlier in the week. 1 mile warm up, then 1 mile repeats that were meant to be at 8:03min/miles.  However, the treadmill goes from 8:00 to 8:06.  I decided to do the first three at 8:06, then the last two faster.  I ended up with the last half a mile at a 7:30 pace.  Then a mile to cool down.  I was incredibly happy that I got this run in, it was right in the middle of all my work, and I didn’t think I could manage it.

Now, I did miss my tempo run this week.  I am planning on running a 10k tomorrow, which will be in place of the tempo.  Fingers crossed I wake up to do that!!

tempo run

 Yesterday I had a great tempo run.  It was so tough, but I completed it!  I didn’t give up, which I really wanted to do a couple of times.

I warmed up for a mile, and I was already sweating, running in full sun.  As soon as my watched beeped for the one mile mark, I built up to my hopeful half marathon pace, 8:30min per mile.  The first mile was good, the second mile I started thinking how tough it was, half way through the third mile I had my turn around point to head back to my house.  That was dreadful.  The wind was at my back for the first two and a half miles, now I had to deal with running into it.  I said I could have a break at mile 4, just to clear my head.  My watch beeped at the fourth mile, and I thought, let’s go a little further – just so I have run further than last weeks tempo.  It felt so tough, and I looked down at my watch and it said my average was still around 8:30.  I decided then I would keep going. Continue reading