I did it again y’all. I really thought my long distance running days were over.
But a friend asked me to run a half with her and here we are…
I had a fleeting thought of I don’t do long distance running anymore. The key word here is fleeting.
And then signed up for the lottery for the NYC half in late October thinking that I didn’t have much going on this winter and over 5 months to train.
So I ran a few times in November to just to try to build up a little endurance and planned on starting the training plan below (that I posted about in June 2015) in the beginning of January.
And then hello unplanned surgery in December…
I’ve basically squeezed in 3 runs over 5 miles…sporadically…none over 8 miles…a few shorter runs…gulp…
I haven’t been talking about this race…I guess it’s just felt like it’s not really going to happen…like something would come up with my surgery and I wouldn’t be able to run.
But you guys…it’s happening! I expect it to be my hardest and slowest.
I’ve always wanted to do the NYC marathon but I just don’t think I have it in me to train for another full. I can’t fake my way through a full like I usually can with a half so this seems like the next best thing…
So if you think about it Sunday, please pray for me…I think I’m going to need it lol 😉
Austin Marathon 2009
I know I talked here about moving on from marathons to mainly doing HIIT workouts for cardio. And I’m still definitely at that place. But I did enjoy it in a weird way. It’s something I never thought I could physically do and at the time, I actually enjoyed the training process. Now that last 6 miles of the actual marathon :roll:…not so enjoyable. I don’t think any amount of training can make that part of a marathon fun.
If you’re wanting to run a Texas marathon, then you’ll need to sign up and start training soon. I’ve run most of the TX races and my favorite by far is Houston. I loved the route and maybe because it’s such a big race, they really have the logistics down to a science. The town really supports the race too so the streets are lined with spectators and bands. Distraction is key when you’re running this long. It’s a lottery system so you have to sign up soon to enter for a chance to run it.
All smiles before the race
For my first race, I researched a ton of training programs and ended up trying the Hal Higdon method. And it did it’s job. I was physically prepared to finish 26.2 miles. But it’s a training program that has you run mostly steady-state and just click off tons and tons of miles each week. So of course I wanted to get faster. And I figured out that my body doesn’t exactly recover well. So Hal Higdon’s running every day program was wearing me down. For my last marathon, I tried Crossfit’s endurance program, and it was amazing the difference. I shaved 30 minutes off my original marathon time (11 off my first Houston marathon) and I only ran 2-3 days a week. It still has you run long runs but you don’t do multiple 20 milers like most programs. So you’re prepared for the distance but your body is not beat up at the start line. Even if you’re not into Crossfit, the idea of adding cross training and speed workouts to your marathon training is worth checking out. You’ll train a little less and will most likely be a little faster.
Houston Marathon 2011
Have you ever wanted to run a marathon? And if you’ve run, what’s your favorite training plan?