Today I'm going to be going into all of my plans and goals for this race. Settle in, because this is going to be a long one!
Training PlanOnce again, I'll be using the Runner's World 10-Week sub-1:50 Half plan. I used this plan when I broke 2 hours for the first time (at the Towpath Half) and it was definitely my best race to date. Never before have I felt so relaxed and strong during a race. The entire time I felt comfortable and relaxed, and I definitely think I could have easily taken a minute or two off my time.
I decided to use this plan again since it worked so well. The mileage was perfect for me, and I loved the variety in the plan. I'm going to be changing things up a bit to work better with my schedule, but for the most part I'm going to be following it closely. Here's a look at what training looks like:
Cross TrainingI'm going to be adding in two days of cross training during this cycle. On my easy run days on Monday, I'm going to be adding in yoga. Since this is a race put on by Lululemon, I figured I have to do some yoga! They have a specific flow for this race that has lots of great stretches for runners, so I'll be doing that one pretty frequently.
I'm also going to be adding in biking to my cross training! I love how it's a low impact exercise that can be as high or low intensity as I want. Hopefully I won't fall and get hurt..crossing my fingers.
I also want to start doing a strength training circuit two days a week. I'm still working on what exercises I want to include, and I want to keep it around 10 minutes. I'll post what I come up with in the next few weeks!
Injury PreventionStaying healthy is a big part of getting to the starting line, so I'm going to make a plan for recovery as well. Every day, I'm going to be foam rolling and stretching. After speed workouts and long runs, I'm going to use compression sleeves to help circulation. I'll also be using my ice pack on any areas that give me problems (I love using this one because you can just strap it on and go about your day!).
On the more splurge-y side, I also want to schedule a massage during my training! I would love to get weekly massages, but that would be way too expensive for me. Instead, around week five I'll treat myself with a sports massage to help get out some soreness and make sure everything is feeling good. Plus, that will be my reward for making it to the halfway point!
NutritionI decided to do another Whole30 while I'm training for this race. I did one earlier this year, and it really impacted my running in an amazing way. I was running faster and longer than ever before, and really felt in the best shape of my life.
Recently I haven't been feeling my best and was having all of the same symptoms that I did before my Whole30. I felt sluggish, had headaches every day, just wanted to take a nap, and felt tired during every run. When I was planning out my training schedule, I decided that it was also the perfect time to do round two of the Whole30!
I started on Monday, and I'm already feeling better. Luckily, I don't really experience the symptoms that most people do the first week of the program. I've felt energetic, and my runs have been great so far. I learned a lot from the first round about how much I have to eat to stay energized and not crash and burn, so I think that's really helped. I can't wait to see how this will help my training, and we'll see if I can actually make it all 10 weeks of training eating clean! I won't be doing weekly recaps on the blog, but you can keep up with me on snapchat (gretchxo) or instagram (@gretchruns)!
GoalsAnd now on to the scariest part of training- announcing goals! For this race, my number one goal is to make it to the starting line. After having to drop out of the Gettysburg Marathon, all I want to do is be able to actually run this race. Since it's in another country, I've already invested a lot of money (plane tickets, AirBnB room) so I have a lot of motivation to train hard!
As far as time goals, I would really love to break 1:50:00! This is going to be extremely tough for me, but it's good to have lofty goals...right? After the halfway point I'll do another check-in to see if this goal is realistic, but for now that's what I'm reaching for.
Is anyone else doing Seawheeze?
What is your big, scary goal?!
Has anyone else changed their diet and seen a huge improvement?
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