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
fewa 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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