Whichever way that particular story ends I have identified speed as one of the things that I need to work on in my 1/2 marathon training. I don't expect to run a 1:30 or even a sub 2:00 by any means but speed training will not only help my race time but also get my body used to what its like to be uncomfortable (something that I am not a huge fan of by the way!)
As a result, I designated today's workout as a speed session where I would work on precisely that. After a 5 minute warmup I ran for 30 minutes, alternating between an 8:00/mile and a 12:00/mile for one minute at a time. I am definitely not an 8:00/mile girl yet (more like 9:15-10:00) so it was challenging but it also felt really good to push myself like that. By the end of the session I was a tired and sweaty mess but also pleasantly surprised at how quickly the time went when I broke it up like that. I thought I might dread speed days (I'll save the terror for hills I guess) but it turns out they are a good way to better condition myself and hammer out a cool 5k.
On top of actually running/working out I've been working on the training plan for the 1/2 and it looks like I should be getting quite comfortable with long (16+) distances as race day approaches. I'm trying to wrap my head around some of the required training and while it seems slightly daunting now I know it will get easier with time and practice.
And because everything seems easier on paper:
I'm a little Type A, what can I say! I have even included some inspirational thoughts, which I thought would help me stay focused on all the other important elements of training too. By the end of the schedule I plan to have run 21k at least twice and will have gotten in quite a few hills, speed and tempo sessions which should all prove helpful on September 26 (*fingers crossed*)
11 weeks people! Oh my freakin' goodness! LOL
So tell me, do you make schedules for training and working out? What are some of the non-fitness thoughts you would put on yours if you had to?