It’s been 3.5 long months since I raced hard. And it’s been even longer than that since I did speedwork. I’m glad I took some time off, but I'm getting bored.
I miss following a training plan and changing the colors of the font when I complete the runs. I miss grimacing whenever I stand up because my butt hurts. I miss doing mile repeats and wondering if it’ll be my legs or lungs that give out first. I miss it all.
Luckily, my need for speed is coinciding with someone else’s waning interest in nursing. The sessions are getting shorter, and I’ve had a boost in energy as a result. Wohoo!
I didn’t start my “how long will it take for me to get in half shape?” scheming until last week. Unfortunately, there’s no way I’ll be ready to race the Clemson half marathon in three weeks (but I’ll probably run it anyway). And I really, really don’t want to do the Charlotte Racefest half again. It stands as my PR race, but my hamstrings still hurt from that course 11 months later, so that half is not happening (though the 10k might).
Those are basically the only two halves around here for the spring. So, obviously, I searched for NJ races and what do you know? One of my favorite races is the first weekend in May!
The half version.
I ran the Long Branch half as my first half marathon in 2006, so it holds a special place in my heart (aww). Plus, it has beautiful ocean views and a rocking elevation profile.
It’s a pricey half though, and I’m really not sure if 8 weeks will be enough time for me to get back in racing shape. If I’m going to spend so much money on the race (plus the plane ticket), I really want to race it. I almost hit “submit registration” a bunch of times this week, but I kept getting cold feet.
Then the race announced a discount code on their facebook page (it’s good until March 15, so go sign up!). Then I found out my family is getting together for another event the same day as the race, so it’d be a good time to visit anyway. Then I had a good confidence-boosting run on Saturday.
Then USAirways said they’d comp my plane ticket. No, not really.
Game on Long Branch half marathon. I’m going to dominate you.
Training is going to be interesting. Endurance wise, I’m in half shape because I just ran a half two weeks ago. But my speed is not there at all. I was faster last year at 3 months postpartum than I am now at 15 months postpartum, which makes me feel awesome about myself.
I’m not sure if it’s really possible to PR after doing speedwork for only 8 weeks. But I’m willing to give it a try!
Now if I could just find a way to stick with yoga and start lifting over that time span, I’d be set.
How do you train? Do you build endurance first then focus on speed? The other way around? Both at the same time?