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8.08.2011

Goals

 "A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at."

--Bruce Lee


I have set a few goals for myself already this year, and consequently trained for and completed them. Obviously, I am goal oriented, and my competitive side makes having a goal a very motivating factor in my training. Without one, I tend to be listless, don't feel like training, and feel a little lost. Goals are good!

So far, I have: 
#1 completed my first sprint triathlon on June 11, 2011
#2 completed the 6 mile Wharf to Wharf race on July 24, 2011, even setting a PR for a 10k at 50:51!

My next goal is a little on the lofty side for me, something I hadn't planned on adding to my list in 2011...or even 2012 for that matter! I want to run my first half marathon by my 27th birthday in December. 

The perfect race to achieve this? 

Why, the Rock and Roll half marathon in Las Vegas on December 4, 2011! Anyone want to join me?

There's a RnR half in my very own home town, San Jose, on October 2, but that doesn't give me a full 4 months to train. Even though I am halfway there, running 6 miles frequently and with little trouble, I still want all that time to train, as this will be a grueling task for my poor body to endure ;) I want to train smart, adding in small mileage gains slowly, and continuing to keep a strong base. I don't want any injuries, like the IT band issues I suffered after upping my miles too fast to run my first 10k on Thanksgiving last year. No, I want this half marathon training to go smoothly, and I want to run 13.1 miles like I run 6.2 now, with little effort and a lot of enthusiasm. 

So, anyone have any good half marathon training plans for me to follow? I have no idea what "tempo" and "race pace vs. training pace" mean, or how to apply them to my training, so it's gotta be pretty simple, or at least explain all of that and why it's beneficial.

So far my training as consisted of: couch to 5k when I first started running in 2010, then just maintaining my base mileage, with longer mileage thrown in as I finished one goal and started toward another. I've done all of one speed/track workout, and I wasn't even training for anything when I did it. My training has been more "you gotta run this far, this many times a week, and then add distance once that's comfortable". Sounds good, right? I just know it will be a little tricky to get to and then break double digit miles doing things my way, so I'm willing to take any help I can get!

3 comments

  1. You inspire me to start running....I know I would love it. It's just hard to get motivated to start it. I started the couch to 5k and then moved to the Bahamas where I kind of stopped doing it. I just need to start it again and finish it. Happy Monday.

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  2. i agree you inspire me.. i would love to run a 5k then go party on the strip lol

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  3. That sounds like so much fun. I would love to be able to run a half marathon. Love to. But I have a congenital heart defect that won't really let me. But keep this up so that when I can run, I can be inspired by you!

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