As you might remember, the next “big” race on my schedule is the Athleta IronGirl Half Marathon on April 22 in Clearwater. I’m starting to get a little nervous about it. Why? Because I don’t really have a plan.
Here is what my “long runs” of the weekends of the past month have looked like:
2/18 – 4 Miles
3/3 – 5 Miles
3/11 – 2 Miles
3/17 – Harvey’s 5k
I know it’s only been three weeks since I ran a half marathon, but it feels like a really long time since I’ve run a “long” distance. I really should have run a long run this past weekend, but it just didn’t happen. And that’s okay.
But I need to start upping my distances again. So here’s what I’m hoping to run the next five weekends:
3/24 – 6 Miles
3/31 – 8 Miles
4/7 – 12 Miles
4/14 – Sharkstooth 10k
Something you should know about my next half marathon? It has bridges. As in more than one. And these aren’t little canal bridges. These are these kinds of bridges:
(Photo courtesy of Caroline who got it from her friend Jenny)
Maybe that incline won’t bother those of you who run hills all the time, but where I live is flat flat flat. I’m hoping to get over to run at least one of the course bridges sometime before race day.
I’m not sure yet how much pressure I want to put on myself to PR at this half marathon. I’d like to say I’m going to run it “for fun”, but I know my competitive side will kick in when I get to that starting line. Just in case you missed it yesterday, I asked do you run every race to PR? I’m loving all the comments!
The weird thing about my next half marathon? It’s the last “big” race on my calendar until November. I’m thinking I might need to find a few new goals to keep me motivated through the summer. Nothing keeps me going like having a race on the horizon!
What’s the next “big” race on your calendar and what are you doing to get ready for it?