Kim, Katie and I have completed Week 2 of our half-marathon training program. It’s an interesting plan that focuses on much faster, much shorter workouts with a long run every other week. I’m used to training differently for a race – less runs but of longer duration. That plan has gotten me to a sub-2 hour half marathon but with ‘our’ race goal of 1:49 we need to crank it up.
Every Friday, our run is a fast (race pace) run for 3 miles. This poses a problem for me because it takes me 2 miles to simply warm up. Hopping into an 8:23 per mile pace right at the get go is not pleasant to do, nor to watch!
We silently agree to start out at a reasonable pace for the first mile then slowly turn it up. At mile 2 I’m able to pick up the pace because 1) I’m warmed up and 2) we are on the way back to Kim’s house and pass by all of our friends driving their kids to school. If that doesn’t motivate you to run fast and strong, I don’t know what will!
Even though I know these runs will increase my speed, when I’m finished with these race pace runs, I’m just happy they are over!
If you are interested in our training plan, visit the Training section of this blog.
Now go run!