Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Disney Princess Training: Week 1

SO. this post is a couple days late but oh well. I decided last weekend that I am going to do the Disney Princess Half Marathon next February! Most people following this blog probably remembers all of my posts about training for this race in 2011 but I ended up with health issues for about 3 months before the race and I finished in a little less than 3.5 hours.  Since then, I've run 2 more half marathons and countless smaller races.  I guess a lot has happened in the past year and half and there is so much uncertainty (seriously, I have no idea where I will be this time next year let alone 6 mos from now) so I figure that having this race on my calendar and having that goal for February 23, 2013 I can at least focus my life on something other than stressing about the terrible legal market in NC..!

This time around, I am going to do this race the healthy way!!! I registered this past week and started my 19-wk training plan last week.  I technically started the training plan a week late but based on my runs last week it all worked out!  I am using Jeff Galloway's 2013 Training Plan for Experienced Runners to simply finish. I am hoping to work on my speed for this race.  I've PR'ed every half marathon before this one by at least cutting 5-15 mins from my previous time so I am hoping that this race I can finally get as close to 2.5hrs as possible! I actually PRed my 5K time this past weekend which was great because I stopped running probs mid june-mid september so it's super motivating to run at this pace again.  I am by no means 'fast' but I am just proud of myself for getting active and healthy again! I'm probs around an 11:30-12 min mile so that's not too bad.  If I can keep up this pace for 13.1 miles, then I will finish in a little less than 2.5 hrs.  Right now, Ive been doing Jeff Galloway's interval timing so I do 3 mins running and 1 min walking.  Im hoping to keep this up as I increase my mileage.  My running pace is about 10-10:30 min mile and my walking is pretty slow so my pace averages out to about 12ish min mile.  I guess the one thing that keeps me occupied during my runs is all that math hahaha, counting every 3 mins, then 1 min and then adding the number of 4min segments hahaha.

ANYWAYS. I will be posting at least once a week for the next 18 wks now with updates about my training so it not only gives me some accountability to myself but also keep all my wonderful friends/readers updated!!

So, my first run last week was just a test of how much i could run non-stop on the treadmill w/o stopping at all. I did about 3.3 miles in 30 mins so that was pretty exciting.  My second run last week was in my parents' neighborhood with about a 11:45 min pace/5K distance in 36 mins.  My long run on the weekend was the Danville 5K.  My time was about 36:17 (I used my nike+ chip for timing and distance) but the "official" time was only based on when i crossed the finish not when i crossed the starting line so my official time is about 30-60 seconds more than my actual time.  I'm pretty proud of myself with my pacing but I know I have a long way to go from 3.1 miles to 13.1!!! I know I can do it and I will but I just want to do better than my last race! It's going to be a great 3.5 months training for this race! I am going to start running at Country Park in greensboro! It's a nice 2ish mile circle around 2 large fishing ponds so not only will it be nice to run outside but also gives me more practice outside and off the treadmill! I'm excited for this challenge!

It's official!


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