Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Xenia Half Marathon and Other News

On Sunday March 25th I ran the ORRRC Half Marathon in Xenia Ohio.  Finish time was 2:21:34 just a few from another personal best!!!  I got up early around 4:45 a.m because I was meeting several friends for this years race.  Several of us were doing the half and a couple were doing the full marathon.  Xenia is a small little town near Dayton Ohio, infamous for its F5 tornado in the 1970's.

This race was (for me) more of a checkpoint.  I wanted to see where I was at and what kind of shape I am in.  I am doing the Cap City Half Marathon in May and would like to go for a personal best, so this was a race to jump off from. 

Needless to say I was floored with my time!!!  The weather was perfect, a little foggy, cloudy and cooler.  My only complaint was that once you got going you could really feel the humidity.  The course itself is admittedly a little bland, but I enjoy small town races.  Calling it pancake flat is a little bit of a lie.  There are some small rollers in the first 5 miles and a gradual incline on the bike path.  When you turn around to come back into town that portion is really flat.

There were a little over 1,000 people which is much larger than what I thought.  Packet pick-up was well organized and for an early bird fee of $25 I would highly recommend checking this race out.  The post race snacks were awesome, a variety of drinks (coke, pepsi, water, gaterade, etc) and the food was AWESOME!! They had soups and a bunch of homemade cookies.  YUM!

Overall, I thought this was a well organized race from start to finish.  I was appreciative of the volunteers who always had a smile on their face.  It was well supported for it's size.  Highly recommended half marathon, full marathon might get lonely. 

The following picture was taken by Leslie:

This experience was helpful because before the race I was floundering a little bit when it came to my goals.  Now I am clear.   I want to PR (or at least train to PR) in a half- marathon and then build on that training to PR in a full marathon.  I am DETERMINED to accomplish this.  What I like about a half  is that the distance is manageable.  You can train for it and still have a life (or write a dissertation).  It is a challenge, and a rather refreshing one right now!

In order to do this I have picked out two more races before Cap City in May.  The Westerville Bunny Hop 5k, and the Greenswell Glacier Ridge 10k.  I intend to race both to get a sense of time and speed.  I know this seems strange but at least at this PR attempt I am mostly going to be doing more mileage.  What I generally lack is discipline to run the miles, especially during the week.  The resources I found suggest that a mileage build-up is key.  The next time I want to PR speedwork will be in order, especially when I think about my fall marathon. 

Overall, I am really excited to have some specific, very focused goals. Of course I know things can happen, race day weather, illness, injury..but at least this will be something to look forward to! 

Now..where are those jet packs :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Running, Running and More Running

I confess that I have a tough time making up my mind about what I want to train for.  I get super excited about races but don't always take the most realistic approach when thinking about whether or not I actually have time to train for one.

So, needless to say I am really really proud of myself for making the decision to pick something and STICK WITH IT!  I plan on running a few 5k's and 10k's and then I am doing two (maybe 3) half marathons. 
ORRRC Half Marathon
Earth Day Challenge (maybe) Half
Cap City Half

My goal is to stay in shape through the spring by gradually working up to racing the Cap City Half.  I want to enter summer training with a really solid base of 15-25 miles per week