Monday, October 7, 2013

Sub 3

Kacey and I have decided we want to finish in under 3 hours at the half. I checked to see what it would take for her to PR, and that would mean a 13:38 pace. That feels like something we can do, but I don't want to set too many expectations for my first half. Cool Running has a handy pace calculator that I used to figure this all out:

From the outside perspective (including me as I've never traversed more than 6 miles in one go) a minute and seventeen seconds seems like nothing. So why not change the goal from "under three hours" to "PR for Kacey"? We may do just that, but I need to get some long runs in first to see how manageable it is. Shaving off nearly 6 seconds per mile may not be as easy as it sounds.

The first week of training is complete. The pace on my 2-mile jaunts has been 13:05, 12:47, and 13:25 per mile. The week went by fast and it felt good to make each training. Saturday I felt very sluggish, hence the time difference. I'm not really worried about overall times right now, especially since these all include 5 minutes of walking warmups.

Tonight I did week 2 day 1. This involves more jogging but was actually my slowest time yet at 13:31 per mile! I have a good excuse though. First I stopped to take several pictures of the moon:

Then towards the end of the workout I found a jogging buddy and had to take a few pictures of him/her/holy hell get this thing away from me:

Good luck sleeping tonight!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Day 1

Half training (as opposed to half-training, which is just lazy) started last night. We even managed to finally sign up. That makes it officially official. Kacey will be doing her 4th half marathon, I'll be doing my first. Excuse me while I go vomit. (Huuauaaaghhh - my son loves this sound) Speaking of the boy, he's signed up for the Leprechaun Dash, which is 26.2 yards. Yes, you will all die from cute.

My right hammy, right foot, and left knee are all a little crappy today. I'm trying to keep moving. Tomorrow is another painful training day.

Today's workout song is Flogging Molly: