Monday, February 16, 2015

Training Talk, Race Goals, How things are Going

As of right now when I am writing this there is only 26 days and 3 hours until my next half marathon!  I am getting excited and feeling all the pre race doubts.  I know from past experience I can run it with a sub 8 pace based on my training, it just always seems so crazy to me.  I think my strategy for this race will be a lot like the first half I ran last year.  Basically just going off how it feels.  Not much of a strategy I know, but I really don't have a time goal in mind other than to finish it and be under 1:45.  

Maybe as the race gets closer I will get more specific with my goals, but for now I am happy with that.  Running is going good.  I don't have any problem areas and am doing good with getting in my speed work. Intervals once a week and some form of tempo run or fartleks once a week.

I usually only run 4 days a week, try to do yoga  days a week and fit in some strength training at least three times a week.  I wouldn't mind running 5 days a week, but it just makes a lot on the days I work and 4 days a week seems to work pretty good for me.

Overall it was a great week for miles and yoga and pretty slacker in the P90X3 category.  Not too sure what happened there except yoga just sounded better most mornings.   I finally got in a great long run on Wednesday and ran nearly 40 miles this week.  That is a high for me lately. 

Sunday run 7.5 easy miles
                   yoga 45 minutes

Monday  6 mile progressive run. 
               45 minutes yoga in the morning

Tuesday  30 minutes yoga before work
               P90X3 Upper body eccentric

Wednesday 25 minutes yoga in the morning
               14.1 mile long run

Thursday P90X3 Pilates
                Run 3.3 miles

Friday  Zuzka Light 6 pack abs workout 1

Saturday Run 7.7 miles with quarter mile intervals x10
                yoga 65 minutes

Miles so far this:
Week 38.6
Month 71.85
Year  186.19

 Seriously the weather has been amazing.  The only sad thing about it is... it still February and there is no way we aren't going to head back into winter weather soon.   I was way overdressed for my run yesterday, but it was cooler when I started and then the sun came out.  I should have been in capris!
Cola is loving this weather too!

It's been so warm all my bulb plants are sending up greens.  They are going to be sorely disappointed when they find out it is still winter.  I am going to be sorely disappointed if they get killed off and don't come back this year at all.
Hello daffodils! 

How many days a week do you run?
Do you always go into a race with a specific goal in mind or do you like to just run it?


  1. Great post, Christy! I'm glad your runs have been good. I try to run only 3-4 days a week, and yoga twice a week, strength training 3 times a week. I've had knee surgery and find that I have to spend a lot of time keeping my legs and hips strong so that I can keep running, skiing, and being active. When I race, I usually have an overall goal in mind while I'm training, then make a specific good/better/best goal as it gets closer to race day.

  2. Nice workouts!! We've had the same thing going on weather wise..

  3. Well, you know I am no racer so cannot offer any advice. I will just cheer on your training!

  4. I hope everyone is well at your house now! If I don't have a lot of races on the calendar, I will run 4-5 times a week. I back off if I'm doing multiple half marathons. Wow, sub 8 is fantastic!

  5. Sounds like you have a good schedule worked out for your training and it obviously works for you :) I think your goals for the race sound good. We've had amazing weather lately too, but it turned cold yesterday and we got a little snow overnight.....and it shut the whole town down, they've already closed schools for tomorrow too :)

  6. Something very wrong is going on with the weather--Montana has bulbs coming up and we have record setting cold now and all week. Wanna switch?

    Nice week of running! 40 is a great number for half marathons.

  7. I'm right behind you! I've got a half in the same time frame. I do have a goal for this race and that's to sub-2, which I haven't done in over a year...and I'd like to PR! We'll see.


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