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Goals…have more than one.

A wise person once said that it is important to write down your goals. This same person said that it is also important that you write them in pencil.  I have a goal of breaking the 2-hr half marathon mark this year and I still plan to do it yet. One thing though is that I am uncertain whether that will happen on May 5th. This realization does not deter me from trying, however, all evidence points to me having slowed down a bit since last year or rather I’m just peaking at a different time.  Today I completed the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon Training Series 15K in 1:33:34 (unofficial). I am happy with this time, but it is over 5 minutes slower than last year’s time of 1:28:06 (official time). So, there are 12 months in a year and this one isn’t a third of the way done yet. In another words, I have plenty of time!

Including the warm-up and cool-down I ran an extra 3.4 miles beyond the 15K today and I feel great!  So it’s interesting to see that while I have slowed a bit in 12 months my endurance is high. Today I am 4-weeks away from the mini-marathon. I know what I have to do for training.  It’s all written down…in pencil. 🙂

Over the course of the next 4-weeks I am concentrating on cutting weight and maintaining my speed and endurance.  One easy way to get faster (to a point) is to run lighter. I am very much enjoying learning more and more about how my body responds to training and seeing the effects on a weekly basis.

I’ll keep you all updated on the mini marathon training over the next 4-weeks and then I switch to my ultra training plan for the remainder of the year. I am so looking forward to this next training cycle!

Happy Training!


Happy Trails to Me

I was looking over my race schedule for the year and realized it was kind of wimpy so I went in search of a few races to beef it up. Realizing I’ve never done a trail run event I decided to sign up for my first at Eagle Creek State Park. The 3rd Annual Planet Adventure Eagle Creek Half/Full Trail Marathon will be held Saturday, August 4, 2012. I’ll do the half marathon since this is my first significant trail run.  I’m excited to start training for trail running after the Indianapolis Mini Marathon is complete. Of course, I’ll need a pair of trail running shoes and some bug spray for this new adventure!

I also added a 15K which is a part of the Indy Mini Marathon Training Series and a 5 mile race which to be honest is just for fun!  The Wine at the Line 5 mile race has free wine tasting and pizza at the end of the run and takes place at Mallow Run Winery. What more could you ask for?  Also, this is a day before my birthday so what better way to celebrate than to run 5 miles, drink wine, and eat pizza!?!?!?!  I’m still looking to run a few more 5K/10K races throughout the summer and possibly one other more significant distance race toward the end of the year, but that is yet to be decided.

Until then…

Happy Training!