Anyways, back to the training. This training cycle is VASTLY different from other training cycles. How so? Time for a bullet point list...
- Instead of running 4-5 times/week, I run 3 times/week. Each run has a focus: tempo/pick ups, hills, and long distance runs. I am still getting in as much, if not more, miles that I would if I was runnign 4-5 times/week as the runs as my week day runs are 6-8 miles and the weekend run is 8-12 miles.
- In the past, I ONLY ran. This time, I bike twice a week and am starting this week, I am going to incorporate strength training.
- Instead of doing every single run alone, I run with my run club. I don't always run with someone as sometimes I am going slower than those around me, etc, but I always have company at some point during the run.
- I'm sort of winging it when it comes to the long run on Saturday. In the past I followed Hal Higdon's plans, but this time around, I am running 10 miles each week and that will start to increase as I get closer to the race day, with my longest run being 12 miles.
Will I make my sub-2 hour goal? Time will tell. In the event I don't make my goal, I will go back to the drawing board. The good thing about half marathons is that there are plenty to choose from so I can always find another race in the late fall or spring.
Oh and while we are on the subject of races, I'm about 99% sure I will do another marathon next year... So much for the 'I am never doing another marathon' comments I have made for the last year... Now I just need to pick a marathon! :)
Are you training for any races? Besides the half in Victoria, I am doing a 10 mile race in late September, which I will treat as a training run. I'm excited as Kyria might come to Minneapolis and do this with me, and Raquelita of Historiadora on the Run is definitely doing it, so I'll get to meet 2 bloggers!