After Rev3 Florida on Sunday, I got a “recovery” week. I guess that means different things depending on the distance, but for me so far it has meant a 2 mile easy effort but sore run on Tuesday, a 2 mile easy effort much better feeling run on Wednesday, and then an accidental hard 2 miler averaging 8:35/mile on Thursday.
I tend to memorize my training schedule and not have to refer back to it unless I need to confirm, so today when I got home a little later from work, I just knew I was supposed to do another 2 miles, and I also knew that it didn’t say “very very easy” on my training plan. So, I decided that meant I should go out with a long stride and see how I felt. And I felt good! I probably ran the two miles too fast, but it’s 2 miles.
When I got home, I checked the plan to make sure I was right, and somehow, I wasn’t. I don’t usually make mistakes like this, but I was supposed to ride 17 miles at a moderate effort and not run at all. Oops. I’m only slated for 2000 swim tomorrow, so I’ll probably ride tomorrow before a 10 miler this weekend.
And then it’s back up in mileage to continue reaching goals.
I’m running Women’s Half Marathon next weekend! I did it last year and loved the course. It’s around downtown St. Pete and along the water, and with the removal of the pier this year it shouldn’t be as windy as last year.
And like last year, I’m using it as a long run for my next marathon!
I’m also excited that so many people I know are running or spectating. Many friends are running, and those that aren’t have teamed up to set up cheer stations along the course. Though I’m forcing myself to run it as a training run in the 9:30-9:45 pace range, I know it’ll be helpful to see friend and cheerleaders on the route.
I’m also looking forward to a running race with a bib! It has been a long time since I’ve done a run with a bib on that didn’t have me biking and swimming before. In fact, I think it has been since my PR half in March. And for that I’m super thrilled! If you want to register and have been waiting, do it!! The price jumps in three days on November 18th, and if you use the code LITTLEBIG registration is only $95 instead of the $105. That includes a great swag bag, a nice medal, and well planned course, and an after party after the race, among other things. Are you running it?
70.3 to 26.2
Then, I’ve got a spike in weekday running, the intention to keep biking and swimming, and an 18, 20, and 22 miler to complete before I head up to Jacksonville for my second go around at the marathon. It’s a quick turnaround from 70.3 to 26.2, but I’ve gotten some input on my plan, and I’m also not planning to go up there and blow any records out of the water. The reason I want to do another marathon so soon after this half Ironman is because I want a redemption from my first effort before I get into Ironman training.
|I own more than one shirt, and after a year of wearing only that one for almost every race, I actually won’t touch it anymore.|
I don’t want the memories I have of a marathon to be the ones I have from Disney. They’re not that fond, and I know biking 112 miles with the visions of my Disney experience in my head won’t be a confidence builder. I need redemption, and whether that means running a PR or not, I just want to wipe the nightmares of the distance from my brain. My intention is to run the race smart and with the goal of having a bigger smile on my face when I finish.
The goal for 2014 is to get to the starting line and finish line of Ironman Chattanooga. In the meantime I have some plans for running races in the first few months, and I’d be lying if I said a half PR wasn’t dancing in those dreams somewhere.
I’m doing ZOOMA Florida as an ambassador in January and am excited to see and meet a few bloggers I interact with regularly. The race is January 18th in Amelia Island, and you can come too! Meet us there and use the code FLAAMB7 for 10% off the registration price!
I’ll then do the Best Damn Race Half marathon for Tori‘s Bachelorette Party and some combination of Gasparilla Races. I’ll probably sneak another Half Ironman or two in there before the summer triathlon season starts, and then I’ll stick to local races as my schedule picks up to unfathomable heights.
What’s your next race goal?
How far in the future do you plan out your race calendar?
Is there a race that you always do, year after year?