I’m officially signed up for the Wisconsin Half Marathon in May! It feels great to have this on the books and have some long runs and training plans to commit to.
In terms of goals, I usually don’t have a “I want to set a PR” mindset. Rather, I just make it a goal to finish a race giving it my best effort. That’s definitely true for this race, but the competitive person in me wants to beat my time for the only other half I did (Inaugural Chicago Rock & Roll-2009), which was 2:14. So we will see!
Other than that, there are two things that I want to perfect as I race:
1) Try not to tense up in my neck/shoulders. I did this at the Fort2Base race (and other long distance races) and I felt SO tight afterwards. Like hit by a semi tight. It didn’t subside for a few days so I want to try to relax my neck and shoulders so that doesn’t happen again. Any tips?
2) Figure out my hydration strategy. Do I stop and rest for a few seconds and drink, then make up for the time lost with a faster pace? Or do I try to be slick and quick and drink as I go? Hmm…
I’ve got close to 400 miles on my current Saucony shoes, but I had a gift card that I had to burn recently so I stocked up on the same pair so I plan to break these in within the next week or so. Also bought some Clif Shot Blocks from Target. Those are so dang good! (Will try to save them for running only…will be tough.)
This month, I have been getting a good base of longer runs on the books in addition to shorter runs and strength workouts on weeknights. All of these have been on the treadmill, so I am anxious to hit the pavement and start adjusting to the outdoors!
Feb 2: 6.1 miles
Feb 8: 7 miles
Feb 15: 8 miles
Feb 22: 8 miles