NOPE NOT TOO CRAZY!&$%^*#@
Local (to me) Coach and author Jill Bruyere HERE sent me an AMAZING Half PR training plan. I have loosely followed the plan, due to . Yesterday called for RACE PACE miles.
Lets talk about Race Pace shall we... My current Half Marathon PR lies with my 1st Half, I ran a 1:43:39 which is roughly 7:55 pace. WHAT?? I must have been faster in May of 2009, These days sub 8's are tough tough for me.. So yesterday I set out with a plan, to hold my pace around 7:45, my goal for my Half on 10/23.
IT WAS IN NO WAY EASY...and I didn't have my Ipod. I found myself listening to my breathing and cadence of my stride. I don't know this pace, I would be fast, then too slow....holding the pace was strange and very uncomfortable. So how did I do?
Solid effort, I was dripping in sweat when I was done. It took EXTREME focus to get this speed, if I let my thoughts waiver I would be back to my cozy pace. At the end of the run I felt tense from starting at my Garmin. So why am I telling you this?
Because.... when I got home I laced up and ran 2 miles with Muscle Man and the Little Studs. 2 blissful miles, not worried about speed or form, just running for the pure joy of being out there. These Family Runs make me so happy!! 9:18 pace never felt so good :) A sharp contrast to speed work.
The 2 versions of Tall Mom:
- 1. Killer Focused Athlete who aims for PR's and will pound the pavement to reach goals.
- 2. Runner who wants to enjoys the journey, running with family, meeting new people and helping friends reach their goals.
I truly believe there is room for both versions of ME. And this year I have dabbled in both. There was overwhelming JOY at the finish line in Eugene when I qualified for Boston. Helping Jill and T set new PR's was Awesome as well. Sooooo I have a question:
- What type of Runner are you? Do you train with goals and focus to PR at every race? Or will you relax, and enjoy the miles with friends and family? Or maybe, like me, a hybrid of both? Give examples, I love examples :)