Monday, January 28, 2013

F^3 Lake Half 2013

I don’t usually put a lot of focus on the half marathons I run. It’s not because I think they are undeserving, but I tend to view The Marathon as the race of significance for me.  I didn't write race recaps for the two 50K's I've run (at least I’m pretty certain).  They seemed more like “fun runs.” I wasn't expecting much and just wanted to see what it felt like to run 31 miles. Someday I may take the 50K more seriously, it is a tangible ultra. I don’t think I would ever run a 100K or longer. That sounds insane and not fun at all.

But going into the F^3 Lake Half Marathon, I had high hopes of officially smashing 1:30. (As I had hoped last year as well.) So this was a semi-important race for me. Having had a couple training runs where my run time was below 1:30 (at 1:28 and change even), I knew I could run sub-1:30, and it shouldn’t take perfect conditions to do it. Of course my sub-1:30 training runs included one or two short breaks giving me some rest and that makes a difference.  Still, I was confident that I would run 1:30, and between me and you (my small audience of quiet readers, ha) going into the race on Saturday I was truly shooting for a time between a high 1:26 and a low 1:27.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

And hello 2013

And hello 2013. Speaking of Boston, it’s time to officially kick off the training. I’m glad that I was able to close out 2012 feeling healthy and reasonably fit enough to get off on the right foot for Boston training. I wasn't chasing down any mega mileage in December, but looking back it turned out to be my highest mileage month of 2012 with 240 miles. Not too bad. I even got in one of my best 20-mile training runs in mid-December. I will probably be knocking on a lot of wood now, but it certainly is a nice change from a year ago.

Farewell 2012

I really wanted to keep up with my blog posts last year, and well I failed to do so. It’s another new year, so I’ll do better this year! Well we’ll see. I also have this feeling that every time I blog about running, I end up being injured shortly after. A little knocking on wood can’t hurt, right?