I had fun at the marathon relay on Sept 24, but was disappointed in my time. After really thinking about it, I know exactly what it is. Too heavy. Not enough training. Specifically not enough miles in training. I averaged 8 miles a week for 6 weeks for a 6 mile race. After reading a lot of the blogs, I realize I need to avg more like 12-18 miles a week for 8 weeks to really be ready.
I didn’t have a running plan written down, but instead used the calendar to track, not plan.
Meanwhile my excuses, (some are valid):
- Too hot.
- High heart rate
- Too busy
- Just take longer, slower runs
- X training ski patrol conditioning
- I did it last year
What I regretted / why I didn’t do very well:
- Not getting new shoes mid August
- Not running inside in air conditioning when it was too hot
- Not doing more frequent 3 or 4 mile runs (4 x a week)
- Not doing my glute stretch everyday!
- Ending most of my running with a 170 heart rate
- Gaining several pounds (164) over last years race (156)
- Drinking water/gatoraid each stop
What I don’t regret:
- Making it about the people
- Slapping hands along run
- Shooting photos during run
- Having a team
- Buying shot block
So, I’m planning (although I didn’t BUY IT YET!) to run the Half next year:
For doing the half marathon next year:
- Set a goal of 33 miles a week for the month of September
- Long run should be 40% of entire week
- In August run four times a week three or 4 miles at a time
- Do a 6 K in June
- Run 10 miles a week in July and ride 85 to 100 miles a week to pro for buckeye breakaway
- Spin twice a week (30-35 miles a week right there!)
- Stretch every day!
- 10k daily (what?!? run a long run of at least 6.2 I mean weekly.)
- Weight at 151 or less all summer.
First step is to start tracking food again. I did My Fitness Pal over the weekend. Saturday, but on Sunday, I only 150 calories left by 2 in the afternoon. So I did what always happens on a Sunday without a plan. Way over. Went from 161.2 to 163.2. A lot of food and too much couch time.