Today is the day that I have anxiously been looking forward to. Not because it’s a holiday, birthday, or a no work day. Rather, it is the day that my training for the RnR San Antonio Half Marathon begins. Originally, I had taken the intermediate Hal Higdon training plan & tweaked it to suit my current needs… Resulting in a 12 week schedule. However, with my pelvic tilt being something I’m still consciously working on correcting, my “coach” Jason thought it’d be best to do a 16 week plan. That way I can stick to the 10% rule every step of the way and not risk inflaming the Bursa.
I’m not entirely thrilled about it. While the 10% rule is smart, it also can be a bit conservative. But, I am going to do whats best for my body and will get me my goal time, as well as launch me into full marathon training with a happy, healthy body.I’m looking forward to training this time around 10 billion times more than training for Columbia. I know this time around that I can totally tackle the distance. It’s all about doing it better. Being stronger & faster. On top of that, good grief am I so stoked for long runs. Life is SUPER STRESSFUL right now. A strict training plan is going to help ease the stress a TON!!!
I’m very confident that this training is going to go fairly well. I have a friend who is a certified running coach “guiding” my training. I know a lot more runners in the area now who I’m excited to hit up NCR Trail with, plus I’ve made a commitment to head downtown for Charm City Run Thursday Night group runs! (Bmore runners, join me!! The CCR crew is awesome & the runs start in front of the McHenry Row store! Usually running between 3-6 miles. ALL paces welcome!!!!)
The goal is to run with the 2:15 pace group. My finishing goal isn’t 2:15 but I do want to stay between the 2:15 and 2:30 pace teams the entire race… That’s all I can say. I always have this ridiculous fear that if I say my goal time on the blog, I’ll totally jynx myself. haha. I have a lot of work ahead of me… But I really truly believe I can do this. Having the right mindset is half the battle, right?!
As a training kick off and “OH MY GOD CAN ANYTHING ELSE IN MY LIFE GO WRONG THIS WEEK” treat to myself I decided I could justify buying a clip on mp3 player. NO MORE ARM BAND! woooo!! What I wasn’t expecting, was finding one, brand new, on ebay for 99 cents… And winning the auction!!! Probably not the best sign that I’m the only one who bid on the product, but whatever… I can’t be too upset if it breaks quickly when the grand total with shipping was $4.26
Have any big races coming up?
Have you already run your goal race of the year?