Taking a few weeks easy with running since Goofy has been nice. But I am itching to get back into it. And if you’ve learned anything about me by reading this blog you know that I love love love having a plan spelled out that will help me meet my next goal. But first I had to figure out what my goal was.
I have completed 8 half marathons, a full, 3 10ks and a bunch of 5ks. I feel like I have “finished” all those distances in an upright position. Which for me has been a big accomplishment. But I think I’m to the point where I am no longer content with just “finishing.” So I have decided that some of this year is going to be focusing on getting a new PR.
And not just a PR in an old distance, but a PR in the distance I loathe the most. The 10k. I have run three 10ks, and found each of them incredibly challenging. I ran one in 2010 in 1:19:34 (which is my current PR). I ran two in 2011 at 1:19:54 and 1:21:58. Not the best times by far. I find it hard to pace myself in this distance because I know I have to go “faster” than a slow Half Marathon pace, but slower than a 5k pace. I also worry about burning out too soon (which is what happened in my first 10k and probably turned me off of them from the start).
After I decided that 10k was the distance to tackle, I looked at Runner’s World’s Smart Coach, Hidgdon’s plans, etc, etc. I knew I had to incorporate speedwork somehow but I’m never sure what paces I should running at and how hard I should be pushing myself. So after looking around and feeling like I was “settling” with some of these out of the box plans, I enlisted help.
Enter, Jen @ MarathonMom. She is part of the 13 in 2013 group that I am a part of, and right about the time I was struggling at creating a running plan for myself, I got an email in which she advertised her coaching services. The timing was just meant to be!
After filling out a questionnaire and a few emails back and forth, I got the first 3 weeks of my 12 week training plan from Jen on Saturday. I was pretty excited, and after reading over it, it looked pretty reasonable. The plan actually started on Monday, thus my faster 2nd mile during Mondays Tackle The Miles Virtual 5k. It’s been great to get some feedback from a pro, and get a plan that is tailored to my schedule, my weekly mileage preferences, my pace and my goals.
The race I’m planning to run is the Hershey 10k on April 14th. Jen thinks I could hit 1:17:xx or 1:15:xx. I’m planning to see how training goes and adjust these goals if needed.
So a 10k PR is my first goal this year. After that I have the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in the beginning of May, the Wineglass Half Marathon and the Runner’s World Half Marathon in October. I’m thinking that depending on how Hershey goes, I may want to try to improve my time for a Half during the Wineglass half, but I’m not committing to that yet. One thing at a time. I’ve also got a handful of 5ks thrown into my schedule for the year to help me reach my 13 in 2013 goal.
So that’s my plan for now, subject to change of course.
It feels good to have a plan again.