What’s Next

6 Feb

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. 🙂


10 Responses to “What’s Next”

  1. Natalie February 6, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    I just saw your Twitter feed that you saw Chris Powell last night! I was there too! I really enjoyed it and found some motivation I needed. Thanks for posting about the Hershey 10K. I feel like I want to run a 10K and they are not easy to find. Thanks!!!

    • Becca February 6, 2013 at 8:13 am #

      Awesome! He was really motivational I agree. I’m actually going to write up a short post about it to share here because I think there were some good tid bits that are worth sharing. Good luck with Hershey if you decide to do it!

  2. Jen February 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    You can do it, I feel you have it in you to run that pace just need to push through the mental block 🙂

    • Becca February 7, 2013 at 9:23 am #

      Thanks Jen 🙂

  3. Kim @ Healthy Nest February 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    I love having a plan too! Much more motivating than just plain old running. Good luck with your PR!!! I’m confident you can do it, especially with Jen’s help. 🙂

    • Becca February 7, 2013 at 9:23 am #

      Thanks so much!

  4. mizunogirl February 6, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    THats so funny that you dislike the 10K! It’s my favorite race to race. Short, but not too short…

    Having a coach has helped me immensely. I hope that it works great for you, I am sure you can achieve the PR!
    And of course, once you are running a 10K faster, I’m pretty sure you’ll also be hitting the 13.1 a bit faster too! You’ve had a lot of fun running experiences this year.

    • Becca February 7, 2013 at 9:24 am #

      haha The fact that it’s short but not too short is exactly what makes it tough for me. That is funny! It’s great to know you’ve had success with a coach, it’s definitely help keeping my motivated!

  5. Chris February 7, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    I ran Hershey last year. It’s a nice race, but there were a couple things I thought were odd. The part that got me the most was the end. Just as you think you’re heading into the stadium, they take you back into the parking lot towards the Giant Center, then turn you around, bring you back to the old stadium, along the side of the outdoor arena, THEN into and to the finish line. But, I got a medal. 🙂 I was going to do that this year, but we signed up for Lager Jogger 5k in Pottsville the day before. Darn!

    I’ll be doing the Sole of the City 10k in Baltimore on April 20th (the following weekend). I did that one last year and while a bit hilly, it has an awesome jacket!


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