My bags are unpacked, my medal is put away and — after a Chisel and Spinning session at the gym tonight — my legs are no longer sore.
The National Half Marathon is officially over. Sad!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still psyched about how well the race went. I’ll be happily sticking with my new race record for a while.
(Whoa devil eyes — I can’t wait to someday get a pretty new camera that doesn’t cause such crazy red eye all the time.)
I love having a goal to work toward at all times, so it should come as no surprise that I have another half marathon on the horizon. In addition to shorter local races, including April’s Scotland Run 10K and NYRR 4 Miler, I’m registered for the Brooklyn Half Marathon on May 21.
I registered for this race mainly to help me work toward the New York Road Runner 9+1 program, which will get me guaranteed entry to the 2012 New York City Marathon. I’m excited to run in Prospect Park, which I’ve never done, and I’ve heard lots of good things about this race.
More importantly, having this race around the corner will keep me on a solid training plan. While I kept my training for the National Half really flexible — I mainly just mapped out my weekend long runs and did whatever I felt like during the week — I’d like to make a change as I prepare for Brooklyn.
I don’t have a goal time in mind and I don’t feel the need to PR again (though that’ll probably change as race day nears — I can’t help my competitive nature). But I do want to maintain the strong foundation I’ve developed over the past few months, and I want to build on it to become a more solid runner.
The biggest addition I’d like to make is adding more speed work to my weekly runs. By “more” I mean any. I’ve never done speed training before.
I’m perfectly content to hit the road and run double digit miles on pretty much any given day. But the idea of speed training sounds like torture to me. If I had a running coach I’d do it. Someone standing there, yelling at me to push harder, run faster? Oh you bet I’ll listen. But so long as I’m out there on my own, I’m probably going to opt for a solid pace and lots of miles.
THIS IS WHERE I NEED YOUR HELP: I know many people rely on speed work and say it has done wonders for their training. Are you one of those people? Tell me about the speed training you do so that I can get motivated. I’m not shelling out for a running coach, but I’ll gladly use all the [free] inspiration and tips you’ll throw my way.
Oh and if any of you NYC runners want to sign up to yell at me while I run, I’m game!