Still Chasing A PR

In 88 days (if my math is correct) I am running another Half Marathon, at least I think I am. Hopefully my training continues to progress and I am able to run a half marathon.  I am seeking, chasing, hoping, praying, preparing, training, working FOR a PR. I have a lot of my hopes in the PR basket and am working hard to see it though. With that said I know things happen, life happens, blah, blah, and I will be fine no matter what (total lie, I will only be fine if I train and follow through, if I don’t I’ll be mad, very mad at myself for not trying) if all else fails it’s still early in the year I can shoot for the PR again because the ultimate goal is a 2016 PR. If it happened at my first half I’d be ecstatic, I really want it to happen in May, I’m working hard so that it can and does happen, but life also happens and if I have to wait until my 3rd half this year for a PR it’ll still be just as awesome.

Time to back up a little bit… my last serious PR attempt was a fiery fail. I won’t discuss this too much, I don’t want to bore you with the disappointment, excuses reasons and lack of glory, all you need to know is not only did I not PR, not even close,  I PW-ed (personal worst) almost quit (maybe I should have?) felt awful (mentally and physically) and the experience almost led me to stop racing all together (if you consider my back of the pack romps racing) Anyway I have some PR crushing ideas, lots of motivation and I’ve got my training schedule ready (actually I already started it) So, what’s the big plan? what’s different this time around? what’s better? what have I improved? could I make this fool-proof? how? well hopefully the following will lead me to a PR in May, so…

Over the next 13-sh weeks, I am going to do the following:

  • Stick to my training schedule – within reason and as life allows of course, but there will be no blowing off long runs, skipping workouts altogether (rearranging the schedule due to work, family, weather or unforeseen circumstances is allowed and will probably happen)
  • Take my cross training seriously – for realz seriously. Strength training is vital and yoga is very helpful for recovery and general fitness, right? The last few times I was actively training I know I skipped a few a lot of cross training workouts, not this time!
  • Keep my diet in check – it has taken me some time to understand that diet (especially when it comes to athletes) is cumulative, so from here on out I am being mindful of my choices. I know one bad day or even a not so hot week won’t do me in just as much as one good day or week won’t help me. Consistency (and unfortunately laying off the cookies- not all of the cookies just some) is the key for this one.
  • Roll with the punches – and trust my training will get me there because it will… as long as I believe in it and myself
  • Remember the past – specifically that I can and have done this before and can and will do this again, and that I’ll be even better this time around

Check out the other races I’m planning on running in 2016! I’d love to meet/meet up with anyone who is also running or will be there!

How have you or how do you train and prepare for a big goal race?

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double ps. If you are here from the blog hop thanks for stopping by and I hope to ‘see’ you again 😉

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64 comments

    I hope you get your PR! Looks like you've got everything in place to do this. What race are you running?

    wendyistakingthelongwayhome | 2 years ago Reply

      Thanks! I'm supposed to be running the Air BnB Brooklyn Half in may ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    It's SO easy to skip stretching and strength and focus on the runs! Thanks for the reminder.

    Wendy @ Wholistic Woman | 2 years ago Reply

      Right? but its so important so yeah, gotta take the meh with the good right ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    Rolling with the punches is key. You never know what might pop up right. I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself and also get mad at myself if I don't achieve it. Looks like you have a great plan good luck!

    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner | 2 years ago Reply

      I do the same, well i've done the same so not anymore, its not like we can always control the punches that come our ways anyway ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    Good luck with your PR.If not this one, you'll get it another time.Don't put too much pressure on yourself.Just enjoy the race. AirBNB Brooklyn is on my bucket List. I ran the RNR Brooklyn in October.But it always falls while I am on vacation.Someday!!

    Darlene | 2 years ago Reply

      its a great race! I'm running RnR Brooklyn in Oct this year, I ran it a long time ago when it was just a 10k hope its a good course as a half ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    Good luck going after that PR. I find my cross-training is actually more important for my body than the running. I've had to adjust each training schedule so I cross-train more.

    Lesley | 2 years ago Reply

      thanks! im trying to give enough attention to my cross training, i know its super important ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    Good luck with the PR! It sounds like you're working on all the right things. I've been skimping on the strength and diet this training cycle sadly and you're right that those are so important! I've been thinking about a May half marathon but I worry about the heat in May.

    Chaitali | 2 years ago Reply

      yeah the heat, ugh! when i ran this a few years ago it was super hot like almost 80 (and it had been in the 50's the week leading up to the race) hope that doesnt happen this year ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    Stick to training; I think that's the most important! Did you see my training plan at Eat For Fuel? I can't recommend it enough! Something to think about using now or in the future for your other races! And thanks for sharing the giveaway!

    Melissa | 2 years ago Reply

      I know if i follow my plan i'll be ok! Thanks for sharing yours I'll check it out ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    Good luck to you! I'm sure you'll get that PR this time! Sometimes things come when we don't want them so much :)

    Marissa @Where I Need to Be | 2 years ago Reply

      Thank you! ill try to stop wanting it ;

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    good luck chasing down that PR! I have a half coming up in a few weeks myself. I broke down and hired a coach this year because I just had to admit to myself that I had no idea what I was doing.... :)

    MB Jackson | 2 years ago Reply

      thanks! i may break down and get a coach too ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    Girl, you've set a goal and I have no doubt you'll reach it. I find that writing down my goals in small increments (like you've done) helps me reach my ultimate goal faster, easier and with less stress so looks like you have a great start to your plan! I am hoping to run my FIRST half marathon in the fall of this year myself.

    Rachael Novello | 2 years ago Reply

      Thanks! ;) do you have a half in mind for your first?

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    Good luck in your half in May, I'm rooting for a PR for you too! It sounds like have a great plan and by keeping it all in check that PR should be a piece of cake!

    Tricia@MissSippiPiddlin.com | 2 years ago Reply

      thanks! hope you are right! i think i should be ok if i stick to my plan ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    I'm totally embarrassed to say that I haven't been keeping my diet in check! I really want to PR but ugh FOOD. haha

    carmyy | 2 years ago Reply

      i know! i know! cookies and french fries! ugh why do they have to be so bad for us?

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    Hi, I'm stopping by from the hop. It's nice to meet you! I would very much like a half PR this year too. But, coming back from a length injury I'm not sure it's in the cards. Maybe in the Fall. The five items you list are all great ways to stay on track. We do need a few cookies, right? I'd be honored for you to link up your training each week on the Weekly Wrap. You'll find a lot of support there. Good luck on the PR!

    HoHo Runs | 2 years ago Reply

      Hi! Ill check out the link! and yes cookies are totally needed ;) good luck with your training too injuries suck :(

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    You have a solid plan and the determination to make it happen. I have been running almost 11 years, and racing for almost eight years. I have learned that the more cumulative races a person does, the harder the PR's seem to be. A lot of that (for me) is because I tend to take the distance for granted (because I have done so many). Also, the PR's just don't motivate me like they used to...I guess my priorities have shifted. You're smart to recognize that you may need to reorganize your schedule from time-to-time, and be mindful to not miss too many key training runs (especially the LSD's). Good luck!!

    Kim Hatting | 2 years ago Reply

      Thank you! A PR isn't everything but its been so long for me (3 years) that I just feel like I need to do it because I know i am stronger and more than my time if that makes sense ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    Just looking at your plan, I'd say your doing everything possible to help you get there. the only thing I would add as it gets closer, especially the 3-4 weeks leading into it, don't try anything new, and about 2 weeks leading into it, cut out all cross training all together and go get that PR:) Good luck!!!

    runawaybridalplanner | 2 years ago Reply

      thanks! and thank you for the last month before the race advice ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    Looks like you have a great plan in place to help you reach your PR.

    Cassi Schmigotzki (@LAWRTW) | 2 years ago Reply

    You're right, cross training is SO important! When I first started out, I thought it was just about running. Even my 5ks were awful. After adding in strength and HIIT workouts, my speed and endurance exploded! Stick with your plan and you'll be great!

    Amanda Edenfield | 2 years ago Reply

      thanks! i know its important so hopefully the cross training pays off as im told it should/will ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    I admire your determination to chase down a PR in 2016 - with the solid plan you outlined I think you'll get there! When training for a bit race I do a lot of the stuff you mentioned. I also focus a lot on the little things like foam rolling, stretching, recovery nutrition, rest, etc. And even though it's not especially fun I usually cut out alcohol the month leading up to a major race. Anything to get a tiny bit of an advantage! Best of luck this training cycle - looking forward to following your blog and reading about how you crushed your PR :)

    Sun | 2 years ago Reply

      Thanks! :) good advice on cutting the alcohol, im not a big drinker but still i bet it helps

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

      thanks! i am hoping my strength training leaves me faster and stronger :)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    You got this!! The PR....oh I know the pain of that! Try to relax and go with the flow....don't stress ....you got this!!!

    fitballingrunningmom | 2 years ago Reply

      thanks you!!! going with the flow is the plan ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    I love your no excuses attitude! Looks like you have a great plan in place - can't wait to watch you crush it!!!

    Rachel @ RachelMcMichael.com | 2 years ago Reply

    You go girl! I believe you can do it! I have a goal of a PR this year as well, but mine is gonna have to wait til later spring or the fall! I have been focusing a lot on cross training and yoga as well! So good for the body and soul :) Can't wait to see how it all turns out!

    chocolaterunnergirl | 2 years ago Reply

      Thanks! Yeah this cross training thing is supposed to be great for us, we shall see :)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    Hi from the blog hop! I've been where you are before and I know you got this! It's hard to balance everything that it takes to run a PR but it sounds like you're on the right track!

    Run Away With Me | 2 years ago Reply

      Thank you! I think balance is the key and hopefully it will work out ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    I hope you get your PR! I like the goals you have for the next several weeks! Best of luck to you! :] Rolling with the punches is one of the philosophies I'm most glad about adopting!

    Farrah | 2 years ago Reply

      we can't control it all so we have to just roll with it right? ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    Oh man, I've been through the Fireary fall part. I massively messed up my marathon PR glory in January! Good luck chasing your PR and if I can offer any advice is don't think too hard about it!

    triandtrue | 2 years ago Reply

      thanks for the advice! i think the epic fails make us better, mentally at least... we know it cant get worse right? ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    I think we are honestly harder on ourselves than we should be! While aiming for a PR is great, I've found that secretly I always have an alternate goal that I don't shout out to the world and am disappointed when I don't hit it. That's one thing I know I need to work on! Also, my definition of the word slow and comparing myself to others. I'm middle of the pack but typically compare myself to runners much faster than me and then get discouraged!

    Montana Ross | 2 years ago Reply

      I'm with you on the alternate goal, I usually have a few, #1 is always to just finish, #2 is something like give it my all/maybe a time and #3 is the one I usually talk about ;) I try not to compare to others much its hard though, my race my pace right?

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    I'm chasing a pretty big PR this spring too! My first attempt is in April and I'll have another shot in May if the first doesn't pan out. I'm taking the same approach as you and hoping that the consistency in training will pay off in the end! Good luck, can't wait to hear how it goes!

    taleof2halfsblog | 2 years ago Reply

      good luck! i hope we both get our PRs ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    Josephine, sounds like you have a great plan in line. I am also doing the Run The Bay series. Looking forward to it. I am following you on Instagram :)

    Fitnessmomwinecountry | 2 years ago Reply

    I wish you luck! I'm a 5k runner, but would like to run a half-marathon some day.

    Pam H. | 2 years ago Reply

    Looks like you have a great plan to get you through the next 13 weeks.

    Ange | 2 years ago Reply

    You've got a great game plan. I look forward to hearing about how it worked out for you!

    littlebeastling | 2 years ago Reply

    Good luck on your PR and race!! You've got a good training plan laid out, and seems like you're quite determined. All a good framework for success! Best of luck and so great connecting with you through the blog hop! :)

    Ellyn @ In Fitness and In Health | 2 years ago Reply

      thank you ;) hopefully my work pays off

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    Good luck on your goals! When I'm training for a long distance, I have to be really specific with my diet and my training plans, or else I fall off the wagon quickly.

    acbrandt | 2 years ago Reply

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