The finish line is in view. In just a few short weeks, I’ll be running my first half marathon.
Well, that isn’t exactly true.
We’re running one on Sunday, so I guess technically that will be my first.
The Duke City Marathon just happened to fall right in the perfect weekend for a “practice half” for us. Even though I think Duke City is supposed to be a more serious and higher regarded race than the “real” one we’re doing, it is much cheaper and with about a fourth of the participants, so I’m ok using it as a dress rehearsal.
Even though this should be more of a training long run instead of a run-so-hard-I-want-to-die race, I’m incapable of not being competitive. Based on my pace from Sunday’s 12 mile run (much of which was along the same course), there is no reason that I won’t finish in under 2 hours. I would be thrilled if I ran my first (practice) half marathon in 1 hour and 55 minutes. If I run it in 1 hour and 50 minutes I will buy myself a present (but we all know I will buy myself a present regardless).
If I somehow by the grace of Apollo manage to do this half marathon in my overall goal time (1 hour and 45 minutes) not only could that put me in the top 3 for my age group based on last year’s results (yay medal), but I will probably also insist that a holiday be created in my name.
But really, the likelihood of me sustaining an 8 minute mile for 13.1 miles at this high elevation at this point in my training would be a miraculous best case scenario. Though I never thought I’d run a 5-k in 21 minutes either. So you never know. I’m kind of a nervous wreck already even though it isn’t until Sunday and it is a PRACTICE race. Silly Amy.
Aaron has run this race several times including last year. He’ll do just fine.
(Friend Dustin ran the 2010 race as Batman…which is pretty typical for him…)
Here is our training plan for this week (because we have a race on Sunday, we’re doing a modified taper week).
TRAINING PLAN WEEK 10
Saturday: 4 mile run (should be 5)
Sunday: 1 hour and 50 minute run (we got in 12.1 miles)
Monday: Easy 3 mile run, strength training
Tuesday: Intervals: 1 mile warm-up, 5 sets of quarter miles alternating between 5-K pace/recovery pace, half mile cool down
Wednesday: Easy 3 mile run, strength training
Thursday: 40 minute Tempo run: 10 minute warm-up, 30 minutes at 10-K pace, 10 minute cool down (should be a 50 minute run)
Friday: Rest day
Oh…and don’t forget to vote for Giuseppe today! (Please and thank you!)