Saturday, October 31, 2015
While I should hang low for a while and not even consider racing, I've already committed to one future race. It's the Illinois Half-Marathon on April 30. That's a full 6 months away. Plenty of time to get back to solid running, develop a reasonable aerobic base, then implement a targeted training plan. I'd like to break 1:30 for this half marathon. I'll be happy with a 1:29:59 finish. That's a 6:51/mile race pace. Not easy, but doable. Even for a 50-year old ultra guy. I'm looking forward to building speed and not doing really long runs (probably staying around 12-13 miles for the longest during this period). It'll be a change from years of ultra slogging. I even plan to follow an actual training plan with daily workouts for about 14 weeks. My plan of choice? The Hansons half-marathon training schedule based on their book. Three "something of substance" runs each week: speed/strength, tempo, and long run. These are interspersed with three other days of easy runs. Six workouts/week. This will be more consistent running than I've done in the past. And much greater focus of speed and stamina. Should be fun!
If this training goes well, I should be looking at a personal record on April 30th. Which might just set me up for another PR in July...when I attempt a certified trail marathon course and a BQ time!