Wednesday, April 10, 2013
At the first of the year, I decided to run several races this spring. Sometimes I get numbers stuck in my head. They start as wishes. Just an old guy day dreaming. Quite often they fade as quickly as they were dreamed. Sometimes they stick. Then they become goals. Then those goals become reality.
Earlier this year, I decided to run several races this Spring. The purpose of these races, besides having fun and losing weight, was to improve my time at the half marathon distance. I signed up for several races in the Striders Winter Running Circuit. Here's the races completed so far this year:
10 Miler 3/9
I finished the half marathon strong. Not my PR, but happy with the time. When I was creating this schedule, I started getting excited about getting faster. The circuit has definitely helped with that. As I pondered previous race times, and dreamed about future ones, the number popped in my head. Sub eight minute pace at half marathon distance.
At the time, I had plenty of goals. One finish all the races above. Two actually enjoy the training and the races with such a busy schedule. Three lose weight. The list goes on and on. So the eight minute mile day dream was just that, but it didn't go away. Several months and races later, it's still stuck in my head.
It's time to make a goal, and make it happen. Here's my goal. Run the Memorial Day Classic Half Marathon below an average pace of eight minute miles. That's a full minute per mile off the half marathon last weekend. To accomplish this I'm going to need to lose 10-15 pounds and handle pre-race nutrition a LOT better.
I'm on track for the weight loss. The pre-race nutrition will be easy. Last Friday night before the race, went to dinner with my wife. The place she picked out was not the ideal place for carb loading. Sure I could have, but "when in rome", right?? A cheeseburger and fries is not the ideal meal the night before ANYTHING. Especially not a half marathon. The brownie ice cream dessert didn't help things any. So, it's all said and done except two months of calorie counting and following my training schedule.
After Memorial Day, the training gets more balanced between swimming, biking, and running. Then I'll need to set some goals for the Bear Lake Brawl Half Triathlon I'm doing in September.
I'll report back after the Memorial Day run.