This week I started training for the Disneyland Half-Marathon on September 4th! I’m really looking forward to this race because it’s my first Disney running event! My cousin Heather pretty much only runs Disney events so now I get to see what the hype is about. :) (Just kidding Heather) Heather is of course running this race too! I couldn’t have her come to California and run a Disney race without me! I’ll be running on behalf of CNS – check out my page here.
I’m actually really looking forward to this race. I have decided that after trying to overcome tendonitis and IT band syndrome, and not to mention moving across the country that I will not be running the Chicago Marathon. I am sad about that but their is always next year. I just don’t want to over do it and really injure myself. I’m excited to focus on half-marathons for a bit. It will give me a much needed opportunity to improve my speed. (I do need to run a 3:35 marathon if I ever want to qualify for Boston – that’s an 8:12 pace!)
My goal for this half-marathon is to finish in under 1 hour and 52 minutes. My reach goal is to finish in less than 1 hour and 50 minutes. I’m training for the 1:50 time but I’ll be happy if I can just finish in under 1:52. I’m following the Ryan Hall Half Marathon training plan. Meredith and I used this training plan last summer when training for the Boston 13.1 Half-Marathon. I cut significant time off my marathon last time and it was a great base for training for a marathon because it goes up to 16 miles.
Week one is going well so far! Interval training went well – I ran 8:20 or 8:13 intervals and felt great! I did my 4 mile tempo run at half-marathon goal pace – so I ran it at 8:20 min miles on treadmill (too hot and humid to run outside yesterday afternoon) at a 1% incline with a 1 mile warm-up and cool down. It feels awesome to have 3 of my runs done (the 10k on Sunday counts as one) and to have done all 3 so fast. Today and Monday I also did weights and tomorrow is my cross-training day – spinning. Friday I tackle 10 miles bright and early with Meredith. It feels good to have a plan again!