So what time am I looking for? 5k time? Half time? Full time? Just a better time over all!
I won’t even put a 26.2 sticker on my car. I know I completed Goofy, but I really don’t count that marathon AT ALL. It took me close to 7.5 hours and I walked A LOT of it. NOW, I did run a half marathon the day before, but still. I don’t consider myself a marathoner. I will run one one day.
So, what type of time are we looking for? In order to do that let’s take a look at my times and how they have progressively gotten worse.
When I started running, my goal was to run a half marathon. The Walt Disney World Half Marathon to be exact.
I started with the couch to 5k program and I followed that program to a tee! And I successful completed my first 5k with a 33:05 time. 10:38/mile pace. Not to bad!
I never saw that time again for a 5k .
After my first 5k I trained for a 10k, which I think I did okay with as well.
It was during the 10k that I started taking walk breaks. I noticed during my training that my splits were increasing, I was getting shin splints and I was just puttering out. So for this 10k, I ran a mile and then walked a little bit. Wasn’t really following a set interval schedule, but just taking a little walk break every mile.
After this 10k I was in my final training for my first half marathon when I came across a wonderful online running community and they introduced me to Jeff Galloway and his run/walk/run intervals. For those of you who do not know his methodology, he suggests to stay healthy and finish strong, you run for a set amount of time, walk, and then run again. I started my longer training runs with this concept and ran my first half marathon with a 4:1 interval; run 4 minutes, walk 1 minute.
Now, for those of you who have never ran at Disney, this race is like no other, there are characters and photo opportunities all along the course. So many chances to have fabulous Disney pictures taken, so I stopped a lot more than I would have. But I think this was the start of my downfall.
I began to rely on those interval walk breaks and became lazy.. a very lazy lazy runner.
Some would call it “wogging”
I would do what I had to do to get by in a race but never really pushed myself to the next level. Never pushed my training to get faster or stronger.
So, what are my goals? well, to get faster of course! But let’s break it down a little further.
To be able to run any distance race at a 10:30 – 11:00 pace.
To run a 5k without stopping AT ALL.
To PR a 5k – anything under 33:00 will do.
To PR a half marathon – anything under a 2:30 will do.
To run a full – I do not count the Goofy challenge as successfully running a marathon.
So that’s it! Nothing big. No big whoop. I can do it…. right?
So where do I start? Well, I truly cannot train for a specific race just yet. I have the Walt Disney World Wine and Dine half marathon in a few weeks, then Marathon Weekend and Princess Weekend. Both marathon weekend and princes weekend I will be running a 10k on one day and then a half the next so I don’t think it would be a good assessment of my training at either of those races. I will have to make it for a race in the Spring of 2014. But that doesn’t mean I can’t start doing something now.
A while back, this awesome coach gave me a 5k plan (which I slacked off on and didn’t follow)..
anyway, I digress.. I am going to modify his weekly training into my current half marathon training.
First thing firsts, I need to RUN 3 MILES WITHOUT STOPPING. I use to do that, I know I can do that, but interval running has made me lazy.. and scared.
let’s see if I can at least do that!
With faith trust and pixie dust……