Now that my marathon is done you would think I would sit back and relax and just enjoy it all, however if you think that then you really probably don’t know me very well at all. I have in fact taken the last 2 weeks off and I feel like the hugest slacker in all the land, it.is.killing.me. KILLING ME! I tell you.
Anyways, regardless of how painful this break has been I have needed it. I need to reward my hard work with some time off so that I don’t get injured. I also needed just kind of a mental break as well. As you can tell I took some time away from the blog and I took myself away from my normally rigid schedule and I have tried to enjoy holiday things, family time and over all rest for my body.
All of that being said I have kind of fallen prey to the “I just don’t care right now” mindset and I gave up on my squat challenge for this month. I made it 17 days which is good but this week I have had something going on every single night and with Christmas next week it won’t be any better. I also don’t get any time off from work either so my stress level is pretty high right now. And since my stress level is high my eating has been like crap as well. I keep reminding myself that this is not my life I’m simply just letting my guard down for a bit to give myself a break and I’ll get back into the swing of things in no time.
Ok now that my pity-fest is over let’s talk about how tomorrow all of that is going to change shall we?
I think I have mentioned before that I actually have already got another marathon on my calendar for the spring; this wasn’t really an accident. I knew that I would enjoy the distance and I knew that one marathon was never going to be enough for me. I also knew that I needed something in the spring before it got too hot and something to help keep my motivation up. If I only had half marathons planned for the winter and spring I knew I wouldn’t train as hard. My next marathon is set for April 20th in Olathe,Kansas. My running friend Lucy ran both the Dallas Marathon last year and then ran this following that race and she said the timing worked well, so I’m hoping it works for me too. As it stands my new 16 weeks to marathon #2 starts on Monday!
I think this works out perfectly because I feel like 16 weeks will be the perfect amount of time for me to train. I also happen to have 4 half marathons sprinkled in there (ok, that’s a lie, they aren’t sprinkled, they are in fact quite clustered together and it wasn’t until I was writing out this training plan that I realized I put 3 half marathons in 3 weekends...oops!!)
Since I have 3 halfs in 3 weekends I am in no way chasing down any sort of PR's, in fact most of these races will be fun races for me.
In Austin (Feb. 17th) I will be running with Tyly from One Mile At A Time! I am so excited for team “Tweet and Meet” to hit the streets of Austin. I ran this race last year in 2:38, after having run the Stonebridge Half the day before in the exact same time. (read about those here and here) So I know this year will be better. I actually really like the hills in Austin and it will be great to have some company along as well.
The following weekend I will be running the Cowtown Challenge in Ft. Worth, which means I’ll be running the 10K on Saturday (Feb 23rd) and then on Sunday I will be running the half marathon. My sister will also be toeing the line for her very first half marathon that day and I am so very excited that I will get to run this with her! Seriously, words cannot describe my excitement. We have already started training and she is doing amazing! On our run last week she was worried that she was going to slow me down or be running by herself and I told her that I plan to run every single step of that race with her from start to finish. I can’t wait to see her cross her first finish line.
Then the weekend after that we will be having my bachelorette party in Little Rock, Arkansas and I will be running the Little Rock half marathon; I’m pretty sure I don’t need to tell you that this is going to be one fun and crazy weekend. I’m so grateful that my friends and sisters will indulge me in letting me run a half marathon on my bachelorette weekend; they just know me so well!
However, there is one more half marathon in there that I do have a few crazy plans for…. On January 12th and 13th I will be running in Houston. On the 12th I’m doing the 5K that they have (of course to receive some extra bling!) and then on the 13th I plan to chase down a 2:15 half marathon. Yes, I am crazy!
In Tulsa and ran a rough race and managed a new PR of 2:18 and so that got me thinking that if I could run a 2:18 there on a hard day when I was already tired and at the end of marathon training then I wonder what I could do when I’ve had some rest and on a very flat course? Enter my plan for Houston. Now I know it’s only 3 weeks away and I’ve been slacking for 2 weeks and have been eating like crap but I really would like to see what I can do. So with that being said I’ve front-loaded my training plan with lots of speed work and I intend to see just what I am capable of.
**If you have any specific speed workouts to suggest or advice on how to PR in 3 weeks I will gladly take that advice. Or if you would just like to tell me that I’m nuts, you may do so as well, but you won’t change my mind**
All that being said, I won’t be disappointed if I don’t hit my goal of 2:15, in fact I won’t be disappointed if I don’t PR at all, life will go on, I’ll still run and I’ll move on. But for now I want to try.
So there you have it, that’s what’s next for me. You will be seeing some speed workouts early on and you can expect to hear about how my sister is progressing in her training as well. I will post my official training plan tomorrow morning for anyone that is interested.
Are any of you running any of the races that I will running?