So I’ve only been running for not quite 2 years, and as a result I haven’t tried many different methods for training for any given race or distance. Up to this year, I’ve pretty much just Google’d “training plan” and whatever distance I wanted to train for, looked at the various results and picked one that matched up well with my schedule and such. This year, I’m training differently for a race. My next peak race is the Germantown Half Marathon which is now just under 2 weeks away. Instead of following a running training plan, which slowly built up miles until I peaked at 13.1 on race day, my mileage has been limited. I’m doing speed work 2-3 times a week, and I think my 3 longest runs are two 8-mile runs and one 10-mile run. The focus has been almost entirely on cross training and speed work. I started CrossFit a month ago, and have been doing that at least 3 days per week, as well as some sort of running training 3-5 days per week. I feel really well prepared for the race in two weeks. I *KNOW* I will PR at the race, the question is just by how much over my current PR of 1:54:53 which I did in early November 2011.
Of course with the Germantown Half Marathon being less than two weeks away, I’ve now begun my obsessing over the course, race strategy, fueling, etc… I’m going to run 11 miles of the course this weekend. I’d actually like to run the whole course, but my coach was insistent that I run 11 miles and no more. Beyond that run, I’ll do CrossFit 4 times this week, 3 times next week, and several running speed workouts as well.
I'm a guy who found exercise late in life, and loving pushing myself to new limits.
Complete my first Half Ironman
Get back to sub-8 min/mile average pace for 5K