I Chose A Spring Half Marathon

After much debate, I finally settled on a spring half marathon.  All of the options I was deciding among were Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Wisconsin (Kenosha), Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Cleveland, or Green Bay.  I had a few pros and cons to each, but ultimately settled on Indianapolis because it’s a huge race and is fairly flat.  And I’m hoping I can convince Angela to come run it with me.  And Olivia Newton-John is running (actually walking) it.  And it’s part of the Indy 500 Festival weekend, which I really know nothing about but I hear is a fun time.

I found this Advanced Half Marathon Training program that is 9 weeks long that I want to try.  Since it is an advanced level, it only has an OFF day every 2 weeks, which realistically isn’t going to happen with me.  I like to have a day (more like 3 days lately) off per week.  And when I found it on Wednesday I only have 8.5 weeks left until the Indy Mini-Marathon.  What I really want is some half marathon specific speed workout ideas and this plan seemed to have some that I am capable of…if I can get the motivation/mental attitude up to par.  So I’ll probably aim to do the weekly speed workout and weekly long run and then a few normal runs per week of 6-8 miles.  But I’ll have more on the training later.

The workout I wanted to try yesterday was 8 miles with the last 3 at 10 seconds per mile faster than goal half marathon pace.  I decided my goal half marathon pace is going to be 7:15, which would be about a 1:35.

I went to the Y yesterday evening and my plan was to run 4 miles on the track in the field house and then the last 4 miles on the treadmill so I can control the pace.  I had actually completely forgot that the Y had a small indoor track upstairs in the fieldhouse or maybe thought it was not available anymore after they remodeled.  But I took a look on Wednesday and it was in fact there, so I figured I should give it a try since I am bored of the treadmill.

After this run though, I don’t know that I’ll run there much because it was almost even more boring than the treadmill and I had to really concentrate hard to count my laps.  The sign said 11 laps = 1 mile.  I ran 3 miles up there in 25:10, so about 8:23/mile average.  I felt like I was giving a harder effort than that though but that could also be because I was sore from Wednesday’s Tabata Camp class.

So then down to the treadmill I went.  I started at 7.0 and increased the speed by .1 every 2 minutes until I got to 7.5 (8:00 pace) after 10 minutes and I kept there until I hit 2 miles.  Then I cranked it up to 8.5 (7:03).  The first couple minutes felt great and I tried to tell myself that I just needed to do this for 6 songs and that I can pick my best 6 songs.  I ended up stopping after 1 mile (2 songs – Dark Horse and Chillin’ It).  My main struggle is mental strength.  I need to tell myself that I can do these things and just do them.  Like Nike, JUST DO IT.  I need to remember that.  I know I’d feel better after just getting the job done.  I am still happy with yesterday’s run though because at least it was long than the 4 mile funk I seemed to be in.

just do it

Do you have a “mantra” you tell yourself when mentally struggling?

Ever run any of the half marathons I was thinking of doing?  I did Green Bay in 2012 with my friend Rachel!

Would you rather run on an indoor track or on a treadmill?


5 Thoughts on “I Chose A Spring Half Marathon

  1. I have a pair of Nike shoelaces that say “shut up and run” I often tell my mind that! Running really is such a mental thing and I often play the game of, just .25 more and you can stop, but repeat that and focus only on that quarter mile instead of the whole mile. I think I rather run on a treadmill than an indoor track. Most indoor tracks are so small that the repetition kills me.

  2. Catherine on March 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm said:

    The two mantras that got me through marathon training last summer were “I can do hard things” and “It’s supposed to hurt.” The second is a twist on one of my all-time favorite quotes, which is from A League of Their Own “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.”

  3. I prefer the track over the treadmill, though I agree that both take sooo much mental power. I’ve done the Cincinnati half & full and the Indy Monumental half, but not the Indy 500. I’ve heard great things about that race!!

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