Oh man, this big scary PR goal is creeping up on me awful fast! You want to know my big fear? I’m afraid of failing spectacularly not once, but twice. See, I’m signed up for the Brooklyn Half for May 17. I’m also running my goal race, the Covered Bridges Half Marathon, in Vermont on June 1. I need to discuss with my coach pretty soon whether I want to go for the 1:45 goal in Brooklyn, or Vermont. Here are the scenarios (can you tell I’ve been thinking about this A LOT?):
1. I treat Brooklyn as my last long run before tapering for the Vermont Covered Bridges Half. This means all my eggs are in the VT basket, so the pressure will be ON for June.
2. I go for the PR goal in Brooklyn. If I nail it, AMAZING. If I don’t, I’ve kind of shot myself in the foot, since it would be difficult to recover from an all-out effort only two weeks before the next half marathon.
I’m going to check in with my coach this week, so I’ll let you know next week what the big plan will be – stay tuned!
In the meantime, here’s how my current week of training shaped up:
Monday: Strength training. Keeping those hips strong and flexible! 🙂
Wednesday: Lactate Threshold run, just under an hour. 15 minute warm up, 10 minutes at 4 mile race pace, 2 minute recovery, repeat of that interval, then a 15 minute cool down. This was less horrendous than I would have guessed, but I definitely didn’t feel fresh as a daisy during the cool down. If I hadn’t planned it so I was exactly a 15 minute run from home, I probably would have cut it a little short.
Friday: This was supposed to be an easy, short recovery run, but I switched and did my long run instead. 90 minutes, with the last 15 minutes at a medium/hard effort. I was so happy with how this went and how I felt – I didn’t have one split slower than 8:50 and I was super happy with my splits for the last 15 minutes. I tried out Clif Shot Bloks on this run – margarita flavor. They were super salty – I think I would have had a real problem with it if they hadn’t named them margarita. I’ll try them again on a longer run, to make sure they don’t upset my stomach.
(Oh, P.S. I told my coach I’d done the long run after I changed it up and did it, only because I realized so late that we were heading to Philly and I’d probably not want to get my long mileage done while we were visiting friends).
Saturday: 40 minute easy run in Philadelphia, on a gorgeous trail by the water in Mt. Airie. So lovely.
Sunday: I was planning on a 40 minute easy run in Brooklyn when we got home from our road trip, but it didn’t happen.
Miles for the week: 22
What would you do if you had two races close together? Go for the first one, or wait?
Half marathoners – do you fuel during the race? I’ve run them with and without fuel.
Don’t forget you can still donate to the amazing charity I’m running for:
David’s House offers support & somewhere to stay for families of children receiving treatment at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. It was founded by the family of David Cyr, a little boy who passed away at age 5, after battling cancer for 3 1/2 years. David lived close to the hospital. When he realized that other families couldn’t go home to sleep & shower & eat – that they had to sleep in chairs, in hospital rooms – he wanted his parents to invite them to come stay at his house. After his death, his family founded David’s House to realize his dream. Families can sleep, shower, relax, prepare meals & have one less thing to worry & think about while their little ones are being treated nearby. I’m proud to be running 13.1 miles for this charity.