Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Next up...

It's been 10 days since I ran the Disney Marathon. Oh, did I mention I ran a marathon? ;D
There is so much going on in this picture! James looks so intense, but his shirt is pretty awesome. And the guy behind me, well he just looks like he's out for a Sunday stroll around the block. Sir, we just crossed the 13.1 mile marker. Why do you look so fresh? Oh, you negative split your race? Oops. My bad.

Though I swore off running forever at mile 19, I decided about thirty minutes after I crossed the finish line that I needed a redemption marathon. I was thrilled to be a marathoner, but I was still a little sad that I had been 6 minutes off the C goal that I admitted I shouldn't have created. So I came home, and I started plotting my path to the National Marathon to end Breast Cancer, also known as 26.2 with Donna. I knew I had a better race in me, and I was sort of mad that all the hard work had been 'celebrated' on a hot, humid day that hit a record high for the Disney Marathon.

But then I talked to Mary about it. She's a local Tampa speedster/blogger who does e-coaching and consulting, and I had started freaking out before the race and payed her for a month of consulting. I had already been thinking about hiring Mary as a coach at some point, but that seemed like the ideal time. So when I came back, I emailed her a few times with ideas and thoughts, and though she was supportive and even offered to run the last few miles with me so I didn't mentally go down like I had before (she didn't use those words), she also said she really didn't recommend it as being the best idea. 

And as time passed and I began to swallow that I could potentially go slower and get frustrated and disheartened, Mary helped me devise a new strategy: a shiny, new PR for a spring half marathon! I liked it! I've never really done any planned or coached speed work, and I still love the half marathon and would love to get a big PR in a race I've come to feel a bit more comfortable with. So that became the goal in my mind. And Mary is working on a training plan (I went ahead and decided to continue coaching, because she knows what she's talking about). 

She also helped me think through some other races for the spring as well as how to recover from a marathon, because apparently running 26.2 (or 26.61) miles isn't something our bodies can get over in a day or two.

And this is the schedule I have in mind now for spring:

February 2nd: Best Damn Race 10k 
No goal for this one. Just running to get in a 10k. If I PR, great! If I run it as an easy 6.2 miler, just as great.

The race from last year still stands as my current half PR at 1:57:44. I know I've got faster in me, but I'm going to hold back for a little bit and try for a big one later on. I'm running this one with the goal of 1:59:59 or better to cross the finish line with Tori at her first sub 2 half marathon (and possibly Beka if she doesn't run that the week before at Best Damn Race).

February 17th: No Race, especially not 26.2 with Donna

This race I'm looking so forward to! I'm running with a group of girls completely for fun! We're going to take character pictures at every stop and dress up like all kinds of characters: princesses, mice, villains. You name it! I can't wait for this one to come!

I'm excited to run another in this series. This one is the same course as the Halloween Halfathon in Ft. DeSoto, so if I don't race this one I know the wind will provide some outstanding resistance training.  

This will be my goal race for the spring. This is the one where I'll be shooting for a big PR. It makes me a little nervous for it to be so late in the spring, but I'm going to impose my "run no matter the weather" mentality to get some warmer training runs in preparation for this event.

Plus, the warmer race will prepare me for what will happen this summer. Marathon training! I'm already looking ahead to the fall for a fall marathon. If I do Chicago, which is one I'd really like to do, I'll have to train through the entire Florida summer. Yikes! That'll prepare me for whatever the weather. There are other options at this point, as Chicago registration doesn't open until February.

I'll probably fill in this schedule with a few shorter races, but through April, this is where I stand! I'm excited to have a coach for the first time, and I'm looking forward to training and starting speed work for a half marathon! This should do me a lot of good.

What's your main goal for spring?
What race on your schedule are you most looking forward to for the year?

21 comments:

Leana said...

I know the feeling of finishing a race and wanting to immediately try again because it didn't go as well as I thought. Gong for a PR in a spring half sounds like a great idea though! I'm also hoping to work on speed for a half in May.

Genna said...

Yay!!! So excited!!! This post made me so happy :)And your comments about james and the other man, priceless! I ran yesterday, it was HARD!!! My legs were so heavy, and I was wondering where my speed went.

Taylor said...

How exciting!! So many races! You'll def get your new PR this spring!

Kat @ S and F said...

Loving these race calendars! My goal? To keep my base up so I can kick marathon training into gear by June!

Kristin W said...

Good for you! I definitely think it's smart to step back from the marathon. Since I had a year between my halfs, it definitely gave me time to work on areas where I struggled. Love this line-up & I just wish I could afford a line-up like that (especially Disney!). I'm training for a local half for spring (early) in order to train through the winter.

I know you'll PR! Keep rocking it!

Nichole said...

You're sooo inspirational!

Allie said...

What a fun line up you have! I'm excited for you that you are working with a coach! I think that was a great idea! I learned so much from my training group. I applied what I learned to help me PR for my half last fall. I can't wait to hear what your PR goal is! My spring goal is to PR at the flying pig marathon. I think having a bigger base will help me this year. I'm still debating a fall marathon, but if I do I'm thinking Columbus, OH. Chicago looks fun, its one of my favorite cities! If you do it maybe I'll take a weekend trip to cheer you on!

Jessica B. said...

Yay Congrats for coaches! :-) Love the schedule. I will also be doing the 10k at BDR and the halfathon. Excited!

Mary said...

Yay!! Sooo glad that you have put this out there now! I can not wait to see all of your success in the upcoming months!

Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer said...

You've got this girl! I see a shiny PR in your future! My goal is to PR my half marathon in April then dial it back before starting to train for Goofy 2014! I've got to go back and redeem my marathon DNF from disney 2012. It was cruel to be pulled off the course at 21. Seriously cruel.

armyamy said...

OMG James! I'm so making a shirt like that for my next big race! Hilarious!

I think it's wise to give yourself some time before your next full. Your body and mind will thank you. And you so do not need redemption. You killed it! Be proud of yourself! Brag about it! Enjoy the taste of being a marathoner. When your next one rolls around, I'm sure you'll do great then, too. But don't feel like you have something to prove; you did fantastic!*

Beka said...

I'm right there with Kat - gotta keep my half base so marathon training isn't absolutely overkill. I am excited that most of your races through April I will be running too and able to see you kick bootay!

Tori @ In Love and Peanut Butter said...

Great calendar you've got lined up there! A fall marathon will be perfect. My goal, obviously, is a sub-2:00 half. So excited you're running with me at Rock 'n Roll. Hope I dont let you down! ;-)

Laura @ Mommy run fast said...

Love the idea of a goal half marathon! That's what I'm leaning toward, too... I'm trying to come up with my spring schedule and so far it's pretty similar to yours. That's great you have a coach to bounce ideas off, as well!

The Unlikely Runner said...

Oh exciting things!! I think you are very smart to not try to do a marathon again. After my first marathon disappointment last March I hated running and it took me a good 4 months to really come back around to it. I know you will definitely appreciate a new and different goal for a little bit; marathon training is so mentally and physically draining! I'm excited to see how fast you get with your new running coach!

Caroline said...

You are a machine! Congratulations on the marathon. You rock!

Karen said...

My main goal for spring is for good enough weather to run a 3:30 marathon. 2012 gave me bad weather for both of my goal marathons.

Run DMT said...

So you're going for Half Fanatics too? That's exciting!

I love the idea of a St. Patricks Day half, but I don't know if I could face those bridges a third time and then a fourth with Iron Girl. Chris Lauber of the Halfathon Series hosts virtual races, so that's an idea. Hmmmmm...;-) lol I could totally see me and my running partners running on St. Patty's Day in green. That would be FUN! Thanks for the idea! lol

I ran the Princess Half last year and had a BLAST! I ran it just for fun and it took me three hours, but I stopped for so many photos. For me, that's the only way to runDisney. I want to take it all in and enjoy the moment. Have a great time! I know you will!

In case your curious...Here's my
Princess Recap. ;-)

http://deniseisrundmt.com/2012/02/28/disneys-princess-half-marathon-recap/




christine edmond said...

You are going to crush you half PR in April. Mary has been training me since December and my pace has improved so much since then. Looking forward to following your progress :). Also, I plan to make Chicago my first marathon Yikes!

Lauren said...

Those sound like some awesome races & great goals for them all :-) The Princess one sounds so fun!

Diana said...

All of those are amazing goals! However, I do want to warn you...I'm not sure if you have done the IronGirl before but it is a SLOW RACE. There are two major hills in there which seriously slow you down (I'm talking going from a 9 min/mi pace to an 11 min/mi pace for like a half a mile up a bridge). Just want to make sure you know that you HAVE to plan in some hill work for the irongirl. I have an IronGirl specific training plan I used for last year if you want it. It has a lot of hill (on the treadmill) work built in.