This year I'll be doing the Oklahoma City Marathon.
Why not do the full you ask? Well, I have a few reasons....
- I'm just not ready. I have not been bitten by the "Full Marathong bug" just yet. I WILL do one in the next few years, but as of now, not one this year.
- I want to beat my first half marathon time of 2:20. My ultimate goal would be to get under a 2 hour half, but for this particular race, I'm thinking in the 2:10-2:15 range. That would land me around 10 minute miles for 13.1 miles.
- Durability. I don't think I have quite built up the endurance to run for (realistically) 5 hours. I would like to get a few half under my belt.
- I don't want to lose more weight
I have kept my base around 6 miles while in "off season" of training. I think it's perfect!
I have really enjoyed running in between seasons. I have picked up some of my friends who are getting back in to running, and just flat out HAD FUN running! Although I am itching to get out there and do some distance!
Once training starts ( THIS WEEK!) I'll be a little more focused on my tempo runs, speed work,hills and all that. I think I will still save one day to run with my friends, any pace, any distance.
I'm training with a different group this season, and I can't be more excited!!
I have a few friends who have mentioned wanting to do a half marathon this spring- NOW is the time to get signed up! Our first "long run" is 4 miles. And remember long runs are very slow, and there are water stops involved. So, if you can run 3 miles, the 4 miles would be considered a long run.
Go to Fleet Feet's website and check it out!
Set goals. Get and stay motivated!
There are walking groups, couch to 5k groups, 5k-10k groups, half marathon, full marathon -- Something for everyone.
You will hear a lot about my training, and the new experience. I'm all about the power of numbers!