As I mentioned yesterday, my running has been struggling ever since the Dopey Challenge two months ago. I came off of Dopey on a major running high convinced that I was going to train and PR both the half and full marathon distances this spring and then BAM! There was the cold. the snow. the ice. the general laziness and lack of motivation that comes with a brutal winter.
So I figured I’d write a quick update (or State of the R-UNion if you will…) on where I am as far as running goes and how I’m adjusting some of my goals and expectations for my spring races.
I have a half marathon this weekend, the New York 13.1, which I’ve PR’d the last two years and I was hoping the third time would be more of the same. I’ve been keeping up with just enough running to maintain the ability to complete the distance, but I certainly haven’t been doing any speed work or anything that would lead me to believe a PR is anywhere in my near future.
I still really do want to try for a half marathon PR this spring (especially after being incredibly inspired by Christine’s amazing half marathon PR this past weekend!), so I sat down last night and wrote myself out a training plan using the Run Less, Run Faster training book as my template (which I believe is what Christine used as well – worked for her!).
Right now my plan includes 3 runs a week plus 2 cross training days – I’m opting for swimming and biking as my cross training, and I’ll continue with yoga hopefully 2-3 times a week.
I know a PR is most likely not in the cards this weekend, but I’m planning on giving this race a good effort just to get an idea of where my time stands as of right now.
I have my eye on another half marathon at the end of April that I’d like to use as my goal race, but I’m waiting to see how this weekend goes to determine if 5 weeks of hard training will be enough to get that PR, if not I’ll look for a May or early June race (although that’s where it starts to get risky with the heat!).