This was taken last Sunday. At the top of a hill around mile 4.5. Pretty proud I made it all 5 miles non-stop and finished just under an hour! I mean I’ve barely gotten back to running since I worked October-December. This feels huge. It also made me realize that I’ve actually managed to change my endurance and overall fitness since last year!
Look at that sexy tomato faced beast. So majestic in all the agony.
I’ve never been one to sketch out a detailed running/training plan to help meet my goals. I just kind of have a general “idea” of what I want to accomplish per week and then possibly overall for the month, but you know, LIFE. Yet I’m thinking this might be the year that I need to start planning out weekly and monthly mileage. Get a touch more serious. Why you ask? When I signed up for the Columbus Half Marathon this year I noticed that they asked if you could finish under 3:30:00. Thinking back to my AF Half finish time I thought, sure I can totally manage that. I completed that course in 3:03:16 which means I technically qualify to run in Columbus. So away I flew thru the registration forms and releases and signed up.
Then I thought to myself, yeah you finished under their cut off time for your first half marathon, but you did struggle. I mean mile 10 was like utter ruin, dig deep and push.
I don’t want to struggle my way to a finish this year.
I’m not looking to set any kind of crazy PR or anything but I don’t want to be anywhere near that cut off and face the possibility of being forced off the course and getting a DNF (did not finish).
This is the year I get a little pocket planner and try to step it up a notch. I have a solid year of running under my belt and the Columbus race isn’t till the end of October so I have plenty of time to make sure I have a steadier, more consistent increase in running. I’ve got goals so time to put them on paper.