Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"If you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail"

This is the quote that keeps popping up in my head as I am training for my first half!
Honestly, it will be my second one. I am counting it as my first, because my first one was 16 years ago, while in college.
I feel like I have 2 running lives.
The problem is calculating a plan...
What should be my goal time?
I have been trying to find a race, so that I can get a time under my that I can know what pace to train at.
How fast to run my tempos? and my intervals?
I have ran 2 tempo run now, the first one I ran 8:30 pace, and the last one was 7:00 minute pace.
That is a huge difference in a two week time period!

Following my body is probably as good as any plan...the problem is that my mind thinks it is 20 and my body knows it is 36, 20 pounds over weight, and chasing 5 kids all day!

I have finally found a race that I can run that does not fall on the same weekend as gymnastic meets.

I am going to run an Easter 5 miler...and then I will base my training on that race!

For all you experts...Is that the right idea?


  1. Far from an expert, but I think using the 5-miler is a good plan. There are lots of pace calculators you can use (google it). You plug in your results from one race/distance and it will tell you the expected time for a different distance. Hope that helps!

  2. Miss Zippy...I consider you an expert and I sincerely appreciate the advice! Thanks! =)

  3. How do you manage to do a 7 minute mile? I think I would drop dead! :) So what exactly is a tempo run - I have seen that term a lot on blogs lately.

  4. Thanks for stopping by! I always love meeting new people and making new friends! I have always wished that I could run - I really need to start training and eventually I will get there! The diet I am doing is HCG drops. You use the drops for 3 weeks while staying on a 500 cal diet - I am sure it will be tough, but I have a lot of friends that have done it and each time lost around 20 lbs! So here I go...starting Friday! Wish me luck!!

  5. Oh...and good luck with the Easter 5 miler! :)

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Using the 5 miler sounds good to me. Take it easy with the 5 miler and the half, there will be many more after this.

  7. I can't wait until I can do a 7 minute mile. If you saw me run, you'd just laugh at me. I'll get there though!!

  8. Just getting out there is a huge start. Have fun with it all. Thanks for stopping by my blog too. And is that 10K PR right!!!??? 23:59 for 6.3 miles!!??? If so I will proceed to bow down and chant, "We're not worthy!"

  9. I'm no expert but gettting a race under your belt sounds like a great plan! Good luck!